Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE

Title/s:  Associate Professor
Assistant Dean Innovative Educational Strategies and Simulation

Office #:  Building 125, Room 2534, HSD

Phone: 708.216.8097



Dr. Kostovich teaches undergraduate adult health nursing and undergraduate and graduate research courses. Her areas of research include the phenomenon of nursing presence and teaching/learning strategies, including simulation. She is a certified healthcare simulation educator.


PhD Loyola University Chicago, Nursing 2002
MS Governors State University, Nursing 1994
BS Saint Xavier College, Nursing 1983
Post-graduate certificate, Educational Research Methodology - University of Illinois at Chicago - 2013

Teaching Interests

Dr. Kostovich teaches MSN 277 Adult Health I (medical-surgical nursing) to undergraduate students and also serves as the director for this course. Dr. Kostovich has taught graduate and undergraduate research courses and graduate level teaching courses.

Courses Taught, 2015-2016

MSN 277 Adult Health I

Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications

Nursing presence, patient-centered care, instrument development, and teaching-learning strategies including simulation.

Becker WC, Fiellin DA, Black AC, Kostovich CT, Kerns RD, Fraenkel L. (2016). Initial development of a patient-reported instrument assessing harm, efficacy, and misuse of long-term opioid therapy. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 53 (1), 127–136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.11.0285
Kostovich, C. & Clementi, P. (2014). Nursing presence: Putting the art of nursing back  into hospital orientation. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 30 (2), 70-75.
Kostovich, C. & Thurn, K. (2013). Group mentoring: A story of transition for undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 33 (4), 413-418.
Poradzisz, M., Kostovich, C.,  O’Connell, D. & Lefaiver, C.  (2012). Preceptors and  New Graduate Nurse Orientees: Implications of Psychological Type Compatibility.  Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28 (3), E9-E15.
Kostovich, C. (2012). Development and Psychometric Assessment of the Presence of  Nursing Scale. Nursing Science Quarterly, 25 (2), 167-175.
Kostovich, C. & Bermele, C. (2011). Top Ten List: Lessons Learned from Teaching a  Study Abroad Course, Journal of Nursing Education Perspectives, 32 (5), 308-310.
Poradzisz, M. & Kostovich, C. (2011). The Research Environment: The Challenge of  Getting True Data. Nursing Science Quarterly, 24 (2), 102-106.
Kostovich, C., Saban, K., & Collins, E. (2010). Becoming a Nurse Researcher: The  Importance of Mentorship. Nursing Science Quarterly 23 (4), 281-286.
Kostovich, C.  &. Thurn. K. E.  (2006) Connecting: Perceptions of Becoming a Faculty Mentor, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 3 (1), Article 7.  Available at http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/vol3/iss1/art7.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Omicron and Alpha Beta chapters
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • National League for Nursing
  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare


Post-doctoral fellowship from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Edward Hines, Jr VA Hospital, 2009-2012.