School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.


Laura I. Pittiglio, PhD, RN

Laura I. Pittiglio, BSN, MSN, PhD.
Associate Professor 
3039 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8756


Dr. Pittiglio came to Oakland in 1999 and was recently promoted to Associate Professor. Her research interests include coping mechanisms of African American mothers who are living with HIV/AIDS and sexual risk taking behaviors that put young African American women in jeopardy of contracting HIV.  Additionally, she continues to examine the impact of simulation on student outcomes. She sits on a number of committees at Oakland and the SON. She has published articles in Nurse Education  Today, Journal of Child and Family Studies and AIDS Care. 

  • PhD., Wayne State University, 2007 
  • MSN, Wayne State University, 1987 
  • BSN, Wayne State University, 1981 
Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing 

  • Sexual Risk Taking Behaviors in Adolescent and Young Adult African American Women

  • Simulation and patient outcomes

  • Health Assessment and Physical Examination 
  • Nursing Pathophysiology 
  • Basic Clinical Competencies 
  • Nursing Synthesis-Clinical 
  • Acute Health Needs I & II 
  • Sigma Theta Tau 
  • Association of Nurses in AIDS Care


Penprase, B., Johnson, A., Pittiglio, L., Pittiglio, B. (2015).  Does mindfulness-based stress reduction training improve nurse satisfaction? Nursing Management, 46(12), 38–45. Doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000470772.17731.e6

Harris, M., Pittiglio, L., Newton, S., & Moore, G. (2014). Simulation Methodology to Improve Medication Administration in BSN Students. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Pittiglio, L., (2013). The correlation between self-esteem and risky sexual behaviors in young African American women. Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research. doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.S1.002

Newton, S. E., Harris, M., & Pittiglio, L. (2013). Constructivist Philosophy and Nursing Student Medication Calculations. Research & Theory For Nursing Practice, 27(2), 88-94. doi:10.1891/1541-6577.27.2.88

Harris, M., & Pittiglio, L. Simulation Clinical Competencies: High Stakes Evaluation of Performance. Abstract accepted for publication in the NLN Technology Conference Proceedings.

Pittiglio, L., Jackson, F., & Florio, A. (2012). The Relationship of Self Esteem and Risky Sexual Behaviors in Young African American Women. Journal of the National Black Nurses’ Association: JNBNA, 23(1), 16-20.

Jackson, F. & Pittiglio, L. (2012). Reducing HIV/AIDS in Michigan African American Young Adult Women. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC, 23 (6), 521-530.

Pittiglio, L., Harris, M. & Mili, F. (2011). Development and evaluation of a 3-D virtual hospital unit: VI-MED. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29 (5). doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e31822ef46

Jackson, F. (PI), & Pittiglio, L. Reducing HIV/AIDS in Michigan African American Young Adult Women. Report submitted to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (December, 2010).

Newton, S., Moore, G., Harris, M., & Pittiglio, L. (2010). The effect of context on nursing student math aptitude. Journal of Professional Nursing. 26, 341-345.