Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

MariJo Letizia, PhD, RN, APN/ANP-BC, FAANP

Title/s:  Professor
Director Hybrid ABSN Program

Office #:  Building 125, Room 2527, HSD

Phone: 708.216.9325



BSN Loyola University Chicago 1979
MSN Northern Illinois University 1992
PhD Loyola University Chicago 1996

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, in both face-to-face and online formats.  As a practicing clinician with decades of experience in the care of adult patients; national certification in Medical-Surgical Nursing; and as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, I am especially interested in teaching students about caring for adult patients and their families across disease trajectories and practice settings.

Courses Taught 2015-2016

GNUR 102 Introduction to Professional Nursing
GNUR 471 Palliative Care

Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications

My research and scholarly interests include the education about, and provision of, palliative care to patients and families.   I have conducted grant-funded research investigations; published extensively; and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on this topic.

Letizia, M. & Jones, T.  2012.  An educational program for nurse practitioners providing palliative care in nursing homes.  The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 14(5), 351-358. 

Habich, M. & Letizia, M. 2015.  Pediatric Pain Assessment in the Emergency Department: A Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Protocol.  Pediatric Nursing, 41(4), 198-202.

Keske, L. & Letizia, M. 2010.  Clostridium difficile infection: Essential Information for Nurses.  MEDSURG Nursing, 19(6), 329-333.

Letizia, M.  2013.  Wounds.  In Dahlin & Lynch (Eds.), Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Nurse, 2nd Edition.  HPNA: Pittsburg.

Letizia, M.  2011.  Palliative Care.  In Daniels, Nosek, and Nicoll (Eds.), Contemporary Medical-Surgical Nursing. 2nd Edition. New York: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Clinical Practice

HCR Manor Care, as an APRN

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses
  • Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Journal Reviewer

  • MedSurg Nursing
  • Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing