Sandra L. Staveski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP-AC

Nurse Scientist, Heart Institute

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Nursing

Phone 513-803-7636


Pediatric cardiac surgery; cardiovascular nursing care; preventable harm

Sandra L. Staveski PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP-AC, is an assistant professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the UC Department of Nursing. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience in cardiac critical care. She is junior faculty in the departments of Research in Patient Services and the Heart Institute.

Dr. Staveski’s research is aimed at improving outcomes of children after cardiac surgery through preventing harm they may experience during hospitalization and at home. Her doctoral work focused on facilitating safe transition from hospital to home care for post-operative pediatric cardiac patients. Specially, it examined the effect of implementing a structured nurse-parent discharge education program in Southern India. The Parent Education Discharge Instruction (PEDI) program was developed to educate nurses on the importance of discharge teaching and to provide them with a structured process for conducting parent teaching for home care of children after cardiac surgery. The PEDI program has been implemented in at least 10 hospitals and in six countries, reaches over 10,000 children and their families annually, and is available open access through the Children’s HeartLink website.

In addition, her research interests include exploring methods for reducing the iatrogenic effects of analgesics and sedatives utilized during recovery from pediatric cardiac surgery. She won the 10th annual nurse scientist award at the Cardiology 2015 conference for her randomized controlled trial on the effects of use of massage therapy and reading on the reduction of pain and anxiety after pediatric cardiac surgery. She is the member of several organizations including American Heart Association, Society of Pediatric Cardiovascular Nurses, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, Sigma Theta Tau, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Currently, Dr. Staveski is a board liaison for the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society.

PhD: University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

MS: University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.


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Staveski SL, Wu M, Tesoro TM, Roth SJ, Cisco MJ. Effects of comfort management standardization on team perception of care delivery. Critical Care Nurse. 2017.

Gilliland J, Donnellan A, Justice L, Moake L, Mauney J, Steadman P, Drajpuch D, Tucker D, Storey J, Roth SJ, Koch J, Checchia P, Cooper DS, Staveski SL. Establishment of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Advanced Practice Provider Services. World Journal of Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery. 2016;7(1):72-80.

Staveski SL, Parveen VP, Madathil SB, Kools S, Franck LS. Parent education discharge instruction program for care of children at home after cardiac surgery in southern India. Cardiology in the Young. 2015 Nov;17:1-8.

Presnell LB, Blankenship A, Cheatham SL, Owens GE, Staveski SL. An overview of pulmonary atresia and major aorotpulmonary collaterals. World Journal of Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery. 2015;6(4):630-639.

Staveski SL, Parveen VP, Madathil SB, Kools S, Franck LS. Nurse and parent percpetions associated with the Parent Education Discharge Instruction Programme in southern India. Cardiology in the Young. 2015. 

Staveski SL, Zhelva B, Paul R, Conway R, Carlson A, Soma G, Kools S, Franck LS. Pediatric cardiac surgery Parent Education Discharge Instruction (PEDI) program: a pilot study. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2015 Jan;6(1):18-25.

Staveski SL, Lincoln PA, Fineman LD, Asaro LA, Wypij D, Curley MA. Nurse decision making regarding the use of analgesics and sedatives in the pediatric cardiac ICU. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014 Oct;15(8):691-7.

Staveski SL, Tesoro TM, Cisco MJ, Roth SJ, Shin AY. Sedative and analgesic use on night and day shifts in a pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2014 Apr-Jun;25(2):114-8.

Uzark K, Wang Y, Rudd N, Elixson EM, Strawn J, Nieves JA, Smith C, Staveski S, O'Brien P, Tong E, Ittenbach R. Interstage feeding and weight gain in infants following the Norwood operation: can we change the outcome? Cardiol Young. 2012 Oct;22(5):520-7.