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Nicole Szalla

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

807 Libermann Hall
Phone: 412.396.6547


DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Duquesne University
MSN, Master of Science in Nursing Education, Duquesne University
BSN, Baccalaureate Degree of Science in Nursing, Waynesburg University
ASN, Associate Degree of Science in Nursing, Community College of Allegheny County

Dr. Szalla joined Duquesne University in 2015, she is a Pittsburgh native and United States Navy Veteran. She began her nursing career in 2006 after completing her enlistment obligations in the US Navy, where she served as an undesignated seaman and dental assistant within the United States and Abroad for 6 years (1997-2003). After a short hiatus, Dr. Szalla rejoined the US Navy in 2010 as a Naval Officer in the Nurse Corps, and in totality has served our country honorably and meritoriously for 11 years. Dr. Szalla has developed clinical expertise in medical surgical nursing (CMSRN), and health care simulation (CHSE) attaining certification in both of these areas. Dr. Szalla's clinical practice centers on adult populations, women's health, breastfeeding promotion, and home health care. Her scholarly interests are related to working interdisciplinary with colleagues across the University, focused on serving vulnerable populations, students and the Nursing profession. Dr. Szalla is passionate about coaching Nurses through difficulties in interpersonal relationships, and her Doctoral work at Duquesne University centered around prevention of incivility and bullying.

  • Multidimensional, interdisciplinary health care simulation
  • Workplace incivility and bullying mitigation using cognitive rehearsal
  • Medical surgical nursing
  • Maternal/child health nursing
  • Home health nursing
  • Professional development
  • Leadership
  • Pathophysiology
  • Quality improvement and evidence-based practice

Dr. Szalla has many research interests: 

Benefits of quality health care simulation and how it can replace clinical hours required by the NCSBN for undergraduate and graduate education requirements 

Impacts of incivility and bullying among nurses and its relationship to patient outcomes 

Using quality simulation to enhance faculty and student's abilities to respond to incidences of incivility and bullying situations in clinical environments 

Breastfeeding support in local communities and it's affects on community health


Published Abstracts 

Devido, J., Appelt, C., Simpson, A., Szalla, N. The Future of Nursing Education: Multidisciplinary Community-Engaged Research for Undergraduate Nursing Students. Nursing Education Research Conference 2018 (hosted by: Sigma Theta Tau International and National League for Nursing), Washington, DC, April 19-21 2018.


Military Awards 

2001 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

2001 Meritorious Unit commendation

1998 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

1998  Humanitarian Service Medal

1998 National Defense Medal

Academic and Professional Awards 

2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Society  

2018 DAISY Foundation Award Faculty Nominee