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Joanna Pierazzo

Bio

Dr. Joanna Pierazzo is currently the Interim Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Programs. She joined McMaster University in 1999. As an Assistant Professor, ​she  has been immersed in several leadership and educational roles in the School of Nursing. Currently, she is completing a three-year term as Chair of Curriculum for the BScN program. In this role, ​she has provided Curriculum Leadership across the BScN Consortium for the Basic, Accelerated and RPN-BScN programs.

Dr. Pierazzo completed her BScN, MScN and Acute Care NP in the School of Nursing at Western. She also completed her BEd, followed by a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Western. Her doctoral studies specialized in Educational Psychology and Curriculum.

​She brings a wealth of educational and leadership experience to our nursing program. She has provided leadership in clinical nursing education, including the scholarship of Simulation-based Learning. Her clinical expertise is in the field of Clinical Neurosciences, with previous clinical appointments as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Regional Neurosurgery Programs. As a educator, ​she is involved in both Undergraduate and Graduate courses in the School of Nursing. Her research interests include elements of educational psychology within the context of nursing education, including learner engagement, affect (learner anxiety) and self-efficacy.  Content areas of focus include simulation-based learning, professional practice, clinical reasoning, and cognitive appraisal of affect.

Research

​Dr. Pierazzo's research interests include principles of educational psychology within the context of nursing education, including motivational theory, learner engagement, affect (anxiety) and self-efficacy.  Content areas of focus include simulation-based learning, professional practice, clinical reasoning, cognitive appraisal of affect, and assessment and feedback. 

Presentations

  • Pierazzo, J., and Mujica, I. (2011). Utilizing Simulation as an educational tool for the PBL classroom. International Nursing Simulation Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Turner, K., Pierazzo, J., and Rawlin, D. (2011). Immersive high-fidelity simulation: An innovative interprofessional approach to linking academia and practice. International Nursing Simulation Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Pierazzo, J. (2010). Simulation technology in health science education: An interprofessional demonstration in human patient simulation., McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Pierazzo, J. (2009). Simulation in nursing education: Is it possible? International Interprofessional Education Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Pierazzo, J. (2009). High fidelity simulation in nursing: Considerations and lessons learned. Gladys Sharpe Lectureship, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Pierazzo, J. (2008). Facilitating clinical learning: An enriching experience for students. International internship program, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Pierazzo, J. (2007). Moving forward with a vision: An innovative partnership blending an academic and a practice career. The Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Conference, Banff, Alberta

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