2020 Nursing Page Update

Klaudia Cwiekala-Lewis, Ph.D., R.N., APHN-BC


  • B.S.N., Cedar Crest College (2007)
  • M.S.N., Drexel University (2013)
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona (2019)


  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Public Health Nursing Board Certification (APHN-BC)


  • Nursing Concepts and Practice: Community Health Nursing
  • Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Individual and Population Health (M.S.N.)

Research Interests

  • Parkinson's Disease symptom management with complementary and alternative medicine
  • Disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations
  • Digital technologies to solve current healthcare challenges
  • Animated case studies and gaming to improve nursing competency and patient care outcomes
  • Use of social media for healthcare education


  • Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Scholar at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, inducted 2015

Recent Publications

  • Descriptive Correlational Study to Examine Variables and Relationships Proposed in Conceptual Framework of Virtual Transitioning Program Developed for Foreign Educated Nurses (FEN). Dissertation, University of Arizona 2019.
  • Clinimetric Evaluation of Functional Capacity and Quality of Life of Stroke Patients - Study Review. The Journal of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, 2019.
  • Theoretical Concept of Impact of Tai Chi on Falls in Clients with Parkinson's Disease. The Journal of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, 2018.
  • The Effects of Tai Chi on physical function and well being among persons with Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 2017.
  • Analysis of University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) Symptom Management Theory and theory implication for persons with neurological disorders/diseases. The Journal of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, 2017.

Recent Presentations

  • Theoretical Concept of Impact of Tai Chi on Falls in Clients with Parkinson's Disease, 5th World Parkinson Congress, Kyoto, Japan, 2019.
  • Enhancing case studies by utilizing digital innovation of animation, Transforming Healthcare: A Pathway to Nursing Excellence at the International Nursing, Honolulu, HI, 2017.
  • Role of the registered nurse during the disaster, Local Colleges in Central Pennsylvania, 2017.
  • Silver Snowflake – Parkinson Fall Prevention Initiative-Overview, World Parkinson Congress, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, 2016.
  • Global nursing professional migration: Addressing the issue of communication and transition through utilization of online education and virtual internships, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 43rd Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2015.


  • Public health, nursing education and research, leadership and management, critical care, neuroscience.