Joan Pennington Totka, Ph.D., RNMarquette University
Clark Hall, 345MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America(414) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Clinical Assistant Professor
Highest Degree and Institution
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
NURS 4000: Quality and Safety in Nursing
NURS 4995: Independent Study in Nursing
NURS 6010: Research and Evidence
NURS 6825: Quality and Patient Safety in Healthcare
HEAL 7010: Translational Research
I have been a pediatric nurse throughout my career. My clinical area of expertise is Type 1 Diabetes in children. 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 social determinant of health as well as family and healthcare team experience and acceptance and use of these tools in clinical settings. My overarching goal would be to support improvement of health services and outcomes for children with chronic illness and their families.
- Review of the effectiveness of the diabetes REACH clinic: An Interprofessional clinic for high risk youth with diabetes
- Family and Provider Experience Using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in High-Risk Asthma and Diabetes Clinics.
American Association of Diabetes Educators
International Family Nursing Association
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International - Eta Nu Chapter
Pediatrics: care and education of children with chronic illness and their families.
Research: Evidence-based practice, Implementation Science, Translational Research, Qualitative Research.
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
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)
2019 Children’s Research Institute: Patient and Provider Experience Using PRO’s in High Risk Asthma and Diabetes.