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Pamela J. Biernacki, DNP, FNP-C

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3019
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 628-7567
Email: pjbiernacki@vcu.edu

TEACHING:

I have extensive experience in nursing education and have practiced in a variety of healthcare settings. I maintain certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with privileges in the Sentara Health System. I teach a management course in the FNP program where my interest is in the care of patients with complex chronic diseases, particularly diabetes. Additionally, I have interest and teach courses in health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology and population health.

RESEARCH:

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) professional, my area of foci is systems change for quality improvement, the role of nursing in primary care, and the care of patients with diabetes. I have presented nationally on these topics.

SERVICE:

I am a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP), and the American Nurses Association (ANA).  In my role as Program Director, I serve as an ex officio member of the Master’s Curriculum Committee. I am a member of the Advisory Board for the Interprofessional Concentration Coordinator Certification program and I serve on the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Advisory Board for VCU Health. Additionally, I am a Consulting Associate Professor for Duke University’s Population Care Coordinator Program. 

EDUCATION

  • B.S.N. - University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
    Nursing
  • M.S.N. - Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
    Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Masters Certificate - Duke University, Durham, NC
    Nursing Education
  • D.N.P. - Duke University, Durham, NC

AWARDS/HONORS

  • Horizon Award, Phi Theta Kappa New Advisor 2008
  • Induction, Sigma Theta Tau 1999
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year, Chosen by Student Activities 1992
  • Outstanding Nurse of the Year, Surgical Unit, Gulfport Memorial Hospital 1986

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Biernacki, P., Champagne, M,. Peng, S., Maizel, D., & Turner, B. (2015). Transformation of Care: Integrating the Registered Nurse Care Coordinator into the Patient Centered Medical Home. Population Health Management, 18(5),330-336.
  • Biernacki, P. (2013). Biernacki: Patient Should Have a Choice About Final Moments. [Opinion Editorial] The Richmond Times Dispatch, December, 2013.
  • Biernacki, P. (2003). Cordial Competition is Advantageous for Health Care.[Editorial] The Virginia Gazette, November, 2003.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • April 2017: Biernacki, P. Transformation of Care: Changing Roles in Primary Care to Improve Outcomes. 5th Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium, Richmond, Virginia. (Refereed).
  • April 2016: Biernacki, P., Jallo, N. Integrating Quality and Safety Active Learning Strategies throughout a Nurse Practitioner Curriculum.  National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty in Seattle, Washington. (Refereed).
  • May 2015: Biernacki, P. Jallo, N.  Innovative Integration of Quality and Safety Competencies into Curricular Design and Teaching Strategies of a DNP Program. Podium Presentation at the QSEN Institute National Forum, San Diego, California.
  • May 2015: Biernacki, P. Interventions of the RN Care Coordinator in Primary Care. Population Care Coordinator Program, Duke University, Durham, NC. (Invited)
  • February 2015: Biernacki, P. Transformation of Care: Integrating the Registered Nurse Care Coordinator into the Patient Centered Medical Home. Podium Presentation at the American Nurses Association Quality Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • December 2014: Biernacki, P. Care Coordination and Diabetes.  The 2014 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit: Emerging Models for Improving Life with Diabetes, Palo Alto, California. (Invited)
  • November 2014: Biernacki, P., Biernacki, G. Care Coordination:  Integration and Interventions. Scientific Advisory Board: Valeritas. Dallas, Texas. (Invited)
  • September 2014: Biernacki, P.  Interventions of the RN Care Coordinator in Primary Care. Population Care Coordinator Program, Duke University, Durham, NC. (Invited)
  • April 2014: Biernacki, P., Biernacki G. Registered Nurse Care Coordination for Improved Diabetes Care. Sentara Quality Care Network, Webinar, Norfolk, Virginia. (Invited)

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • Biernacki, P. (2014). Transformation of Care: Integrating the Role of the RN Care Coordinator into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Poster Presentation. Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners. 2014 Annual Conference. Reston, VA, March, 2014 (Refereed).
  • Biernacki, P. (2013). Transformation of Care: Integrating the Role of the RN Care Coordinator into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Poster Presentation. Virginia Nurses Association. Education Day. Richmond, VA, September, 2013 (Refereed).
  • Biernacki, P. (2013). Transformation of Care: Integrating the Role of the RN Care Coordinator into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Poster Presentation. Clipp Symposium on Trajectory Science. Duke University School of Nursing and the Duke Center on Aging and Human Development. Durham, NC, October, 2013 (Refereed).
  • Biernacki, P. (2013). Transformation of Care: Integrating the Role of the RN Care Coordinator into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Poster Presentation. Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 25th Annual National Forum in Quality Improvement in Health Care. Orlando, Fl. December, 2013 (Refereed).
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