Barbara K. Giambra, PhD, RN, CPNP

Academic Affiliation

Phone 513-803-0504

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Children with chronic conditions


Communication between clinicians and families of children with complex chronic conditions

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Giambra's clinical work focused on chronically ill children with aerodigestive disorders, many of whom are dependent on technology such as tracheotomy tubes, ventilators and feeding tubes. Her clinical work guided her to research the population of children who are technology dependent and the risk of aspiration among chronically ill children with and without technology dependence.

Further drawing on her clinical expertise, Dr. Giambra investigated the process of communication used by parents of these children and their nurses to understand the child’s care. She created a coding scheme to quantify clinician and parent communication behaviors. These studies highlighted the antecedents and communication behaviors required for parent-nurse communication resulting in mutual understanding of the child’s plan of care.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015-2017.

PhD: Nursing, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, 2014.

MS: Child Health Nursing, University of Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1999.

BSN: Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1986.

View PubMed Publications

Giambra BK, Hass SM, Britto MT, Lipstein EA. Exploration of parent-provider communication during clinic visits for chronically ill children. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2017.

Giambra BK, Broome ME, Sabourin T, Buelow J, Stiffler D. Integration of parent and nurse perspectives of communication: The Theory of Shared Communication. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2017;34(3):29-35.

Giambra BK, Stiffler D, Broome ME. An Integrative Review of Parent-Nurse Communication. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 2014;11(6):369-375.

Clark E, Giambra BK, Hingl J, Doellman D, Tofani B, Johnson N. Reducing risk of harm from extravasation: a three-tiered evidence-based list of pediatric peripheral intravenous infusate. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2013;36(1):37-45. 

Giambra BK, Meinzen-Derr J. Exploration of the relationships among medical health history variables and aspiration. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Apr;74(4):387-92.

White DR, Giambra BK, Hopkin RJ, Daines CL, Rutter MJ. Aspiration in children with CHARGE syndrome. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2005 Sep;69(9):1205-9.