Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN

Title/s: Associate Professor
Director of MNSON Simulation

Office #: Building 125, Room 2534, HSD

Phone: 708.216.8097

E-mail: ckostovich1@luc.edu


PhD, Nursing, Loyola University Chicago                        2002
Edward Hines Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs
Hospital, Postdoctoral Nursing Research Fellowship   2009-2012
Post-graduate certificate, Educational Research
Methodology, University of Illinois at Chicago              2013

Research Interests

Dr. Kostovich has a dual program of research including educational research and the study of the phenomenon of nursing presence. Nursing presence, the emotional ‘being with’ patients and the physical ‘doing for’ patients, is central to the role of the professional registered nurse. Dr. Kostovich developed, tested and evaluated the psychometric properties of the Presence of Nursing Scale (PONS) designed to measure patients’ perceptions of the nurse’s presence, and the Presence of Nursing Scale- RN Version (PONS-RN) designed to measure registered nurses’ perceptions of being present for their patients. Both instruments have been used nationally and internationally.  Currently, Dr. Kostovich is studying the relationship between nursing presence and the delivery of patient-centered nursing care. Dr. Kostovich has also studied teaching/learning strategies, including photo journaling, concept mapping, mentoring/precepting, automatic response units (‘clickers’), learning style preference, and studying abroad.

Current Funding
Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research & Development, Nursing Research Initiative Pilot Grant. (Kostovich, PI) Efficacy of an Internet Mantram Program on RN-Delivered Patient Centered Care. Total Costs: $99,982.00.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Fellow, 2011-Present
Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Omicron Chapter, 1983-Present
Leadership Succession Committee, 2008 – Present
Research Committee, Chair, 2006-Present
Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2000-Present
Education Research Section, 2000-Present
National League for Nursing, 2006-Present
Grant Reviewer, Educational Research Grants, 2008-2013

Manuscript Reviewer

Nursing Science Quarterly
Clinical Nursing Studies
Evaluation and the Health Professions

Scientific Review Committee, International Nursing Conference on Health in Community, Zagreb, Croatia, 2010.

Selected Publications

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.
Kostovich, C., Poradzisz, M., Wood, K. & O’Brien, K. (2007). Learning Style Preference and Student Aptitude for Concept Maps.  Journal of Nursing Education, 46 (5), 225-31.
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.