Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- October 11, 2002
Cal State L.A. Faculty Member Receives 2002 Educator
Cal State L.A.’s nursing faculty member Darlene N. Finocchiaro
(Pasadena resident) was recently selected as the recipient of the 2002
Educator Role Award by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN).
The plaque will be presented to Finocchiaro on Friday, October 18, at
the ARN 28th Annual Education Conference, “Succeeding in the Complex
World of Rehab,” in Kansas City, Missouri.
The award recognizes a nurse who has contributed to the advancement
of rehabilitation nursing care through an academic or educational role.
Candidates for this award demonstrate leadership ability and effectiveness
in the educational development and mentoring of rehabilitation nurses
or students and support the advancement of rehabilitation nurses through
continuing or formal education.
Finocchiaro, a Cal State L.A. graduate, is the coauthor of Rehabilitation
Nursing Practice (1998, McGraw Hill), and past secretary/treasurer of
the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She was a staff nurse at Rancho
Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California, for 10 years, caring
mostly for spinal-cord injury patients. She also served as past-president/fundraising
chair of Cal State L.A.’s Nu Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, international
honor society of nursing. Her expertise is in medical-surgical nursing,
Besides developing the advanced medical-surgical nursing course emphasizing
rehabilitation concepts and practices related to complexed patients,
Finocchiaro has re-developed the nursing elective course, “Assessment
and Care of the Patient’s Spiritual Needs,” at Cal State
Since 1974, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses has helped nurses
stay on top of the skills and knowledge needed to provide top-quality
rehabilitative and restorative care across settings, conditions, and
age spans. ARN’s mission is to promote and advance professional
rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration,
and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability
and chronic illness.
California State University, Los Angeles, is a comprehensive university
at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus
is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural
center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality
higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally-recognized
scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety
of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic
mix of populations.