Joan Pennington Totka, Ph.D., RN

Joan Pennington Totka
Joan Pennington Totka, Ph.D., RNMarquette University

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-0506

Joint Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

Highest Degree

Ph.D., UW-Milwaukee

 

Courses Taught

  • NURS 4000 Quality and Safety
  • HEAL 7010 Translational Research

Research Interests

I have been a pediatric nurse throughout my career.  My clinical area of expertise is Type 1 Diabetes in children, and I am very interested is supporting the care of children with chronic illness and their families across the continuum of care.  I am interested in studying patient centered outcomes of care, such as health related quality of life and improvement of health services for children with chronic illness and their families.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Family Research Association 
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society (Eta Nu Chapter)  
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
  • Association of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD)
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)   

Specialization

  • Pediatrics: care and education of children with chronic illness and their families.

Selected Publications

Ziebert, C., Klingbeil, C., Schmitt, C. A., Stonek, A. V., Totka, J. P., Stelter, A., & Schiffman, R. F. (2016). Lessons learned: Newly hired nurses' perspectives on transition into practice. Journal of Nurses Professional Development, 32(5), E1-8.

Klingbeil, C., Schiffman, R. F., Ziebert, C., Totka, J. P., Schmitt, C. A., Doyle, L., Johnson, N. (2016). Transition of experienced and new graduate nurses to a pediatric hospital. Journal of Nurses Professional Development, 32(4), 198-204. doi:10.1097/NND.0000000000000260

Klingbeil, C., Johnson, N., Totka, J., & Doyle, L. (2009). How to Select the Correct Education Strategy: When not to go on-line. Journal of Nursing Staff Development. 25(6). p. 287-291.

Alemzadeh, R, Palma-Sisto, P, Parton, E., Totka, J., Kirby, M., (2003). Beneficial effects of flexible insulin therapy in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Acta Diabetol, 40: 137-142.

McCormick, K.L., Mick, G.J., Butterfield, L., Ross, H., Parton, E., Totka, J., (2001).  Leptin in Children with Newly Diagnosed Type 1 diabetes: Effect of Insulin Therapy. Int. Jnl. Experimental Diab. Res., 2, 121-127.

Hains,A.A., Davies, W.H., Parton, E., Totka, J., & Amoroso-Camarata, J., (2000).  Metabolic control and quality of life self-assessment in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes.  The Diabetes Educator, 26, 417-424.

Totka, J. (1996).  Exploring the Boundaries of Pediatric Practice: Nurse Stories Related to Relationships.  Pediatric Nursing, 20(10), 1-6.

Honors and Awards

  • Sigma Theta Tau Doctoral Poster Award     
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  Type 1 Diabetes: Factors that affect youth and parent HRQOL and youth A1c
  • Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Education Award
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Demonstrated excellence in supporting clinical and family education.
  • Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals (ACCH)
  • Award for Innovation
    For the development of an innovative outpatient program for children newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and their families that included outpatient initiation of insulin and a year-long program of multidisciplinary education to support their care at home.
  • Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award
    Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin- one award per year for demonstrated excellence in nursing
    research.

    Exploring the Boundaries of Pediatric Practice: Nurse Stories Related to Relationships (a qualitative study using Heideggerian hermeneutical analysis)

    Nursing Transitions during the first year of practice (a mixed methods program evaluation study)

Presentations

Totka, J.P., Perez, Linda (2017). Development of a central clinical orientation program. Poster presentation at the Pediatric Nurse Conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 1.

Totka, J.P., Snethen, J.A., Cox, E.D. (2017).Type 1 Diabetes: Factors that Affect Youth and Parent Health Related Quality of Life and Youth Metabolic Control,Poster presentation at the 13thInternational Family Nursing Conference,June 14-17, Pamplona, Spain.

Totka, J.P., Snethen, J.A., Cox, E.D. (2017).Type 1 Diabetes Factors that Affect Youth/Parent DyadsHealth Related Quality of Life and Youth Metabolic Control,19thAnnual Building Bridges to Research-Based Nursing Research Conference,May 12, Milwaukee, WI.

Totka, J.P. Snethen, J.A, Cox, E.D. (2017). Type 1 Diabetes: Factors that affect youth/parent dyads’ HRQOL and youth A1c. Midwest Nursing Research Conference, April 6-9, Minneapolis, MN.

Totka, J.P. & Snethen, J.A. (2016).  Type 1 Diabetes: Factors that affect youth/parent dyads’ HRQOL and youth A1c.  Poster presentation at Pediatric Nurse Conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 3.

Totka, J.P, & Snethen, J.A, (2014) Fidelity in Educational Interventions, Poster Presentation at Pediatric Nurse Conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 6.

Stelter, A., Totka, J.P. (2013). Implementing HeartCode® for Your Life Support Program, Poster presentation at Health Care Educator Association (HCEA), Annual meeting Cincinnati, Ohio, October.

Klingbeil, C, Totka, J., (2013). Infusing Professional Development into New Nurse Orientation: An Evidence Based Approach, Association of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), Annual meeting Dallas, Tx., July.

Totka, J, Johnson, N., (2008). The Multi-media approach: Essential Tools for Implementing EBP. Poster presentation at the 20th Annual Conference for Teachers of Nursing Practice, 1/8/2008 Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Totka, J, Johnson, T., (2008). Boundaries of Care in Pediatrics: Shall we dance? Pediatric Nursing Conference, 11/09/2008, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA.

Johnson, N., Klingbeil, C., Totka, J.P., & Doyle, L. (2007). When not to go on-line: How to choose the appropriate educational strategy for nurses. Poster Presentation at the University of Madison, Madison, Wisconsin: 19th Annual Conference on Nursing Education, January 8, 2007.

Totka, J. P. & Johnson, N. (2007). Disseminating Evidence Based Practice on the Intranet. Poster presentation at the Registered Nursing Association of Ontario (RNAO) International Conference on Evidence-Based Practice, Markham, Canada, June 7, 2007.

Totka, J.P (2001). Flexible insulin therapy in Children.  Poster presentation at American Association of Diabetes Educators 28th Annual Meeting and Exhibition August 15-19, Louisville, KY

Totka, J.P (2001). Pediatric screening for the use of the insulin pump.  Poster presentation at American Association of Diabetes Educators 28th Annual Meeting and Exhibition August 15-19, Louisville, KY

Totka, J. P (2000). Evaluating Case Management.  Management of Type 1 Diabetes into the 21st Century -July 12 & 13, Vail, CO

Totka, J.P., Chase, Peter (2000). Preventing DKA and Cerebral Edema. Management of Type 1 Diabetes into the 21st Century -July 12 & 13, Vail, CO