Leadership & Administration
DNP, RN, FAAN
Peggy Slota, DNP, RN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor, Director of DNP Graduate Studies, and Director of the Post-Master’s DNP Program at Georgetown University. Her experience includes professional positions as a critical care clinical nurse specialist, flight nurse, staff development educator, university faculty, and healthcare administrator for pediatric critical care services. She was responsible for operations in multiple critical care units and respiratory care, palliative care, critical care transport, and ECMO services. During her administrative experience, she initiated a collaborative research program for bedside nurses, led professional development and peer recognition programs, initiated a hospital-based cardiopulmonary nursing fellowship program, and implemented an inpatient and outpatient palliative care program.
Dr. Slota served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and the Center for Emergency Medicine and STAT MedEvac and was a
member of the Nursing Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania State Emergency Medical Services. She served as Chair of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Environmental Health Committee and is currently a member of Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Advisory Council for MACCHE, Franklin Park Environmental Advisory Council, and Board of Directors for Women for a Healthy Environment. She has presented frequently and published many articles in refereed journals and three books. She was a member of the national Steering Committee of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, an Editorial Board Member and Department Editor for Critical Care Nurse, and editor of three editions of the Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing.
She has been honored as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, Cameos of Caring Nurse Educator Award, UPMC Beckwith Fellow, Nightingale Award Finalist in Nursing Research, and Nurse of the Year at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
“Georgetown’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is unique, offering an opportunity to engage students from across the country in innovative and ethical learning experiences. Sharing experiential learning and assisting doctoral students with their research projects and in their growth as scholar-practitioners has been a highlight in my career.”
Why Pediatric Critical Care?
“A career in pediatric and neonatal critical care nursing enabled me to provide supportive, high level nursing care in the most challenging circumstances, influencing the health and safety of infants and children and assisting families in coping and acceptance.”
Courses With Slota
Dr. Slota teaches NURS 801 Translational Research III, the final course in a series of translational research courses. This course builds on the NURS 688 Translational Research Primer, NURS 690 Translational Research I, and NURS 754 Translational Research II.
During their final term in the DNP program, students analyze the data collected during their doctoral project implementation and develop conclusions and recommendations for practice. Students defend their work in a public presentation and prepare their scholarly papers for publication on the ProQuest dissertations database.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Pittsburgh
Master of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hope for the Future
“Impacting students touches countless patients. As Brad Henry once said, ‘A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.’”
- 2017 Georgetown University Medical Center Teaching Academy for Health Sciences — Principal Member — Educational Leadership
- 2015 Cameos of Caring Nurse Educator Award
- 2008 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
- 2008–2009 Fellow in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program
- 2003–2004 UPMC Beckwith Leadership Fellow
- 1998 Nightingale Award Finalist — Nursing Research, Pennsylvania
- 1993 Gift of Time Award — American Family Institute
- 1981 Nurse of the Year Award — Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
- 1980 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Barriers to Faculty Scholarship; Principle investigator, Exploratory study currently in progress; 2018.
Evaluation of Student Thinking Skills; Principal investigator, Evaluative study of educational pedagogy related to visual intelligence; in progress, 2017.
Visual Intelligence Education as an Innovative Interprofessional Approach for Advancing Communication and Leadership Skills in Nursing Practice; Principal investigator; Evaluative study of educational pedagogy; 2016. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Professional Nursing, published online Dec 2017 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.12.007 External link ; Print publication date TBD.
Empowerment for Academic Success in Graduate School; Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree; Chatham University, 2008.
Coping Outcomes of Hospitalized Adolescents and Their Parents; Co-investigator; Multisite study; Principal investigator at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh data collection site; 2003-04; Funded by University of Rochester — $6,000.
Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment: Program Effects on the Mental Health/Coping Outcomes of Critically Ill Young Children and Their Mothers; Co-Investigator-Multisite study; Principal Investigator at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh data collection site; NIH/NINR funded — $209,000 for Pittsburgh site; Proposal period: 7/1/97–7/31/01; Published: Melnyk BM, et al., PEDIATRICS 2004; 13(6), e597–607.
Determination of the Microbial Bioburden of a Mattress Foam Topper; Principle investigator; Poster presentation — Nov 1998.
The role of gown and glove isolation and strict handwashing in the reduction of nosocomial infection in children with solid organ transplantation; Principal Investigator; Kimberly Clark, Inc. funding; Published: Slota M, Green M, Farley A, Janosky J, Carcillo J. Crit Care Med 2001, 29(2), pp. 405–12.
Estimate of Noninvasive Cardiac Output in Children; Multisite study based at University of Virginia; 1995. Principal investigator at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Evaluative Study of a Change to Twelve Hour Shifts in a NICU; 1983; Evaluated staff attitude and quality of care parameters in an NICU before and after a change in staffing; Principal investigator; Published: Slota M, Balas-Stevens C. Implementing and Evaluating a Change to 12-Hour Shifts. Neonatal Network, 1990;8(6):51–56;
Formative Evaluative Research in Development of a Pediatric Electrocardiography Course; 1980; Developed a curriculum for nurses caring for critically ill monitored children; Principal investigator; Published: Slota M, Beerman L, Sanchez G. Pediatric Electrocardiography Overview. Heart and Lung, 1982;11(1):69–84.
Acuity of Care Research in a Pediatric Setting; 1977; Principal investigator; Retrospective statistical research study examining changes in acuity in an urban pediatric center over 5 years.
Presentations (last 5 years)
PA Health Checkup — Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Development. Role of Healthcare Providers. Physicians for Social Responsibility. Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, PA. October 13, 2018.
Doctoral Quality Improvement Projects — Georgetown SNHS Faculty Continuing Education. Washington, DC. September 13, 2018.
Overview of the DNP Scholarly Project — Georgetown SNHS Faculty Continuing Education. Washington, DC. June 14, 2018.
Exploring Health Impacts of Shale Gas Development On Children — Slota, M., Ketyer, N., Gorski, I. Southwestern PA Environmental Health Project, Allegheny County Medical Society. Pittsburgh, PA. June 6, 2018.
Benefitting from Nature Safely: Tick and Mosquito Awareness — Slota, M., Moore, B. — Franklin Park Environmental Advisory Council, Northland Library. Pittsburgh, PA. May 29, 2018.
Environmental Impact on Children’s Health: Critical Care Implications — National Teaching Institute, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Boston, MA. May 22, 2018.
Pediatric Critical Care Nursing: Our History, Our Future — Slota, M., Hazinski, M. — National Teaching Institute, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Boston, MA. May 21, 2018.
Climate Change Reality — Department of Advanced Nursing Practice, Georgetown University. Washington, DC. November 30, 2018.
Climate Change Reality — Guest Presentation: Global Ethics course, Georgetown University. Washington, DC. November 30, 2017.
Nutrition & Health: Challenges and Solutions — Moderator. Georgetown University Italian Research Institute in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy. Washington, DC. November 15, 2017.
Visual Intelligence Education as an Innovative Approach for Advancing Communication and Leadership Skills in Nursing Practice — Slota, Langley, McLaughlin, Vittone. Professional Nurse Educators Group, University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA. November 11, 2017.
Climate Change Reality — Department of Professional Nursing Practice, Georgetown University. Washington, DC. November 8, 2018.
Effective Mentoring Relationships — Faculty to Student Mentoring; Workshop Breakout Session. Georgetown Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Washington, DC. November 6, 2017.
Environmental Advocacy in a Time of Uncertainty: Your Personal Advocacy Plan — Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Annual Conference. Tannersville, PA. October 27, 2017.
Unearthing the Essentials of Good Health — Conference Chair and Moderator, Villanova University. Philadelphia, PA. October 16, 2015.
Our Sacred Earth: How Can We Reduce the Impact of the Environment on our Health and the Impact of Healthcare Delivery on the Environment? — Carlow University Founder’s Day Presentation. Pittsburgh, PA. September 24, 2015.
Scholarly Writing Assessment and Development in DNP Students: Strategies for Success; Driving Quality & Excellence in Advance Practice & Doctoral Education. Baltimore, MD. November 6-8, 2013.
Books and Book Chapters
Slota, M. (Ed.) (2018) Core Curriculum for Pediatric High Acuity, Progressive and Critical Care Nursing (3rd ed). New York, NY: Springer.
Slota, M. (2017). Foreword in Prater, K. Pediatric qrrhythmias and EKGs for the health care provider. New York, NY: Spring Publishing Company.
Slota, M. (2016). Today, tomorrow, and in the future: What roles are next for nurses engaged in doctoral advanced nursing practice? Chapter 25 Reflective response in Dreher, H.M., & Glasgow, M.E. (Eds.), DNP role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice (2nd ed). New York: Springer Publishing. ISBN 13 9780826171733
Slota, M. (2013). Psychosocial Aspects of Pediatric Critical Care. Chapter 2 in Hazinski, M.F. (Ed.), Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child (3rd ed., pp.19–47). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier,.
Slota, M., et al. (2013). Bioinstrumentation: Principles and Techniques. Chapter 21 in Hazinski, M.F. (Ed.), Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child (3rd ed., pp.961–1038). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.
Slota, M. Editor. (2008). Unit XIV: Thermoregulation in Verger J.T.,& Lebet R.M. (Eds.). AACN Procedure Manual for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care (pp.1365–1389). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Slota, M. Editor. (2006). AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing (2nd Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/WB Saunders Co.
Slota, P., Seward, L., O’Brien, P., Angeletti, C. (2001). Organ Transplantation. Chapter 26 in Curley, M. A. Q. & Moloney-Harmon, P.A. (Eds.) Critical Care Nursing of Infants and Children (2nd. ed.). Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company.
Slota, M. Editor. (2000). AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Co., Spanish translation.
Slota, M. Editor. (1998) AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Co.
Slota, M. (1993). Contributor to Chapter 41 — Nursing Planning, Intervention, and Evaluation for Altered Cardiovascular Function. In Jackson, D.B., & Saunders, R.B. (Eds.) Child Health Nursing: A Comprehensive Approach to the Care of Children and Their Families. Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott Co.
Slota, M., & Beerman, L. (1983). Congenital Heart Disease: Critical Perioperative Nursing Management. Chapter 7 in Stahler-Miller, K. (ed.) Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Nursing. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone Inc.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Slota, M., McLaughlin, M., Bradford, L., Langley, J., & Vittone, S. (2018). Visual intelligence education as an innovative interdisciplinary approach for advancing communication and collaboration skills in nursing practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, 357–363. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.12.007 External link
Rodgers, J., Slota, P., & Zamboni, B. (2018). Exertional heat illness among secondary school athletes: Statewide policy implications. The Journal of School Nursing, 34(2), 158–184. DOI: 10.1177/1059840517706104.
Anderson, K., Deslauriers, P., Horvath, C.H., Slota, M, & Farley, J.N. (2017). From metacognition to practice cognition: The DNP e-Portfolio to promote integrated learning. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(8), 497–500. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20170712–09.
Zalonis, R., & Slota, M. (2014). The use of palliative care to promote autonomy in decision making. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(6), 707–711.
Melnyk, B.M., Alpert-Gillis, L., Feinstein, N.F., Crean, H.F., Johnson, J., Fairbanks, E., Small, L., Rubenstein, J., Slota, M., & Corbo-Richert, B. (2004). Creating opportunities for parent empowerment: Program effects on the mental health /coping outcomes of critically ill young children and their mothers. Pediatrics, 113(6), e597–e607.
Slota, M., Shearn, D., Potersnak, K., & Haas, L. (2003) Perspectives on family-centered, flexible visitation in the intensive care unit setting. Critical Care Medicine, 31(5), S1–S5.
Slota, M., Green, M., Farley, A., Janosky, J., Carcillo, J. (2001). The role of gown and glove isolation and strict handwashing in the reduction of nosocomial infection in children with solid organ transplantation. Critical Care Medicine, 29(2), 405–412.
Slota, M. (1993). The cutting edge in pediatric critical care. Critical Care Nurse, 13(3 Suppl.), 22–23, 28.
Slota, M., & O’Connor, K. (1992). Recognizing and treating cat scratch disease with encephalopathy in children. Critical Care Nurse, 12, 39–42.
Slota, M., & Balas-Stevens, C. (1990). Implementing and evaluating a change to 12-hour shifts. Neonatal Network, 8(6), 51–56.
Slota, M. (1990). Child passenger safety in the car: are we involved enough? Critical Care Nurse, 10(4), 72–79.
Slota, M. (1990). A difficult task. Guest editorial. Critical Care Nurse, 10(4), 10.
Slota, M. (1990). Pathway to publishing. RN Vision, 2(1), 1–2.
Slota, M. (1989). An open letter to pediatric critical care nurses. Guest editorial. Critical Care Nurse, 9(1), 3.
Slota, M. (1988). Implications of sleep deprivation in the pediatric critical care unit. Focus on Critical Care, 15(3), 35–44.
Slota, M. (1988). Book Review (Home care for the high-risk infant: A holistic guide to using technology). Critical Care Nurse, 8(3), 131.
Slota, M. (1987). Book Review (Handbook of pediatric nursing). Critical Care Nurse, 7(5), 95.
Slota, M. (1987). Assessment of systemic perfusion in the child. Critical Care Nurse, 7(4), 68–73.
Slota, M. (1986). Care of the infant in the neonatal intensive care unit: use of ECMO in infants — nursing implications. In Doyle, E.F. et al. (Eds.), Pediatric cardiology: Proceedings of the second world congress. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
Slota, M. (1984). Book review (Pediatric critical illness and injury: assessment and care). Critical Care Nurse, 4(4), 32–33.
Slota, M. (1983). Pediatric neurological assessment. Critical Care Nurse, 3(6), 106–112.
Slota, M. (1983). Neurological assessment of the infant and toddler. Critical Care Nurse, 3(5), 87–92.
Slota, M. (1982). Congestive heart failure. Part II: Medical and nursing management. Critical Care Nurse, 2(6), 58–63.
Slota, M. (1982). Congestive heart failure. Part I: Etiology, pathophysiology, and symptomatology. Critical Care Nurse, 2(5), 24–28.
Slota, M. (1982). Pharmacologic paralysis. Critical Care Nurse, 2(4), 20–24.
Slota, M. (1982). Pediatric cardiac catheterization: Complications and interventions. Critical Care Nurse, 2(3), 22–26.
Slota, M., Beerman, L., & Sanchez, G. (1982). Pediatric electrocardiography overview. Heart and Lung, 11(1), 69–84.
Slota, M. (1982). Abdominal assessment in children. Critical Care Nurse, 2(2), 78–81.
Slota, M. (1982). Extracorporeal membrane oxygenator support in infancy. Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing, 1(2), 70–79.
Slota, M. (1982). Congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Critical Care Nurse, 2(1), 32–37.
Slota, M. (1981). Cardiac pacemakers in children. Critical Care Nurse, 1(7), 35–41.
Slota, M., & Ward, M. (1978). The fair way to save. American Journal of Nursing, (4), 623.
Ward, M., & Slota, M. (1978). Cost fair. Health Care Education, 7(1), 42–44.
Other Peer-reviewed Publications
Slota, M. (In press). Author: Expanded Key Points for 58 chapters in Lilley, L.L., & Collins, S.R. (Eds.), Pharmacology and the nursing process, (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Slota, M. (2017). Author: Expanded Key Points for 58 chapters in Lilley, L.L., & Collins, S.R. (Eds.), Pharmacology and the nursing process (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Slota, M. (2014). Author: Expanded Key Points for 58 chapters in Lilley, L.L., & Collins, S.R. (Eds.), Pharmacology and the nursing process (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Slota, M. (2013) Special Reviewer for Hazinski, M.F. (Ed.), Nursing care of the critically ill child (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.
Slota, M. (2013). Author: Expanded Key Points for 76 chapters in Ignatacious, D., & Workman, L. (Eds.), Medical-surgical nursing: Patient centered collaborative care (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Slota, M. (2010–2012) Contributor/Content Expert for Mosby Nursing Skills – 12 procedures. http://confidenceconnected.com/products/mosbys_nursing_skills/contributors/
Slota, M. (2008). Author of 76 Chapter Podcasts to supplement Ignatavicius, D.D., & Workman, M.L. (Eds.), Medical-surgical nursing: Critical thinking for collaborative care, St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.
Slota, M. (2007). Author/Subject matter expert for: Electrical safety, Sexual harassment, Hospital safety, Hazard communication, Organ donation. Lessons in Joint Commission/OSHA Compliance Curriculum. St. Louis, MO: Mosby MC Strategies, Elsevier.
Slota, M. Editor. (Dec 2007). MC Strategies Joint Commission Updates Newsletter. St. Louis, MO: Mosby MC Strategies, Elsevier.
Shubin, S. (1994). Interview (Slota): Complex care for children. Nursing, 94, 76–81.
Slota, M. (1991). Four critical care nurses honored at children’s hospital. Western Pennsylvania Nursing News, 1(5), 14.