Marisa has dedicated her career to the bedside of the critically ill child. During her 22 years of practicing as a critical care pediatric nurse practitioner, she has focused on the critically ill child, both in the cardiac and critical care areas. She has also worked for many years as a NP in the emergency room setting, and currently works as a PNP in pediatric intensive care.
In addition to her clinical practice, she is continually involved with the education of the pediatric critical care practitioners and nurses. She is currently adjunct professor of nursing at Catholic University of America, teaching courses on both graduate and undergraduate levels.
She precepts PNP students in the intensive care unit and has developed a course for PNP students that covers the care, management, and treatment of the acute and critically ill child.
Marisa lectures both nationally and internationally on pediatric critically ill child.
Her focus has been caring for the child with cardiac issues. Internationally, she has been involved in a program that has gone to Ecuador for over 25 years and has helped create a pediatric cardiac program. Marisa’s contribution has been in the cardiac intensive care unit, where I have trained the nurses and physicians.
She believes in teaching at the bedside and bringing relevant teaching points to the nurse or physician. It is her passion.