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Clinical Assistant Professor at College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Sharolyn K. Dihigo, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of the DNP Program, and Lead Teacher for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program (PNP) in the Graduate College of Nursing. She has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) since 1996 and has held a joint teaching appointment at UTA since 2001.

 Dr. Dihigo graduated with her master’s degree in 1996 as a Dual Role Masters in Nursing Education and Advanced Nursing Practice (PNP) from UTA, and is also a 2011 Doctor of Nursing practice graduate from the DNP program at UTA.  She holds an additional certification as a KySS Fellow (Keeping Your Kids Safe and Secure Child and Adolescent Mental Health Fellowship) from the joint effort from National NAPNAP and Arizona State University. 

 Dr. Dihigo has taught in the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner program since 2006 and became full time faculty in the Graduate College of Nursing in 2009.  At that time, she assumed the role of the lead teacher in the primary PNP program.  In 2012, she also assumed to role of the Interim Director of the DNP Program and the Director of the DNP Program in 2014.  Dr. Dihigo has a great passion for working with students and promotes the PNP and DNP roles with great enthusiasm. She practices as a PNP in a general pediatric practice and uses her specialty knowledge of child and adolescent mental health in the primary care setting. She has presented multiple podium presentations and poster sessions at National, State, and local conferences. 

Dr. Dihigo has been an active member of National NAPNAP, The Greater Texas Chapter of NAPNAP, and Coalition of Nurses for Advanced Practice (CNAP) for the past 17 years.  She is also a member of other Advanced Practice organizations such as AANP and NONPF.  Her research interests include colicky infants, use of probiotics in colicky infants, temperamental characteristics in infants and children, adolescent depression, learning disorders including dyslexia and communication disorders, and other mental health issues that affect children and adolescents.

The University of Texas Arlington
D.N.P.
The University of Texas at Arlington
M.S.N.
Texas Tech University
B.S.N.
January 2013
Ongoing
Clinical Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington
January 2002
January 2013
Clinical Instrtuctor
The University of Texas at Arlington
September 2010
Ongoing
Membership
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
September 2010
Ongoing
Membership
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
August 1996
Ongoing
Professional
National NAPNAP
August 1996
Ongoing
Membership
The Greater Texas Chapter of NAPNAP
August 2013
Named as a Recognized Professor by a 2013 initiate to UT Arlington's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kapp Phi, an all-discipline honor society, with over 300 chapters.
HRSA Interprofessional Education Grant

Advanced Education Nursing Grants, Department Of Health And Human Services; Health Resources And Services Administration, Interprofessional Education, PROGRAM CFDA:93.247 Award Number: 1 D09HP25036-01-00, Issued: 09/01/2012. $862,532.00. LeFlore, J., L. PI.September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2015.

2014
Dihigo, S. K. (2014).  Use of screening tools for depression in adolescents:  An evidenced-base systematic review.  NP Women's Healthcare, 2(2).  Retreived from http://npwomenshealthcare.com/use-of-sscreening-tools-for-depression-vol2-no2/.
Journal Article
Published
1998
Dihigo, S. K. (1998). Journal of Pediatric Health Care. New strategies for the treatment of colic: Modifying the parent/infant interaction, 12(5), 256-262.
Journal Article
Accepted
1998
New strategies for the treatment of colic: Modifying the parent/infant interaction,1998.
Film
Accepted
1996
Winslow, E. & Dihigo, S. K. (1996). American Journal of Nursing. Consoling a colick baby., 6(51).
Journal Article
Accepted
September 2014
Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting

Podium Presentation

Invited
August 2014
Primary Care and Recognition of Common Conditions for the School Nurse

Staff development day for all school nurses in Irving ISD    

Invited
May 2014
The APRN Perspective

Presentation of the APRN Perspective fro the Texas Team

Invited
January 2014
Probiotic Use in Infants and Children: A Systematic Review

Poster Presentation at North Texas Nurse Practitioners Conference, Addison, TX, 2014.

Other
September 2013
Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the CES-DC

Poster Presentation at the National DNP Conference

Other
June 2013
DNP Parity

Poster Presentation at the AANP National Conference. 

Other
March 2013
Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the CES-DC

Poster Presentation at National NAPNAP

Other
Colicky but Cute: New Strategies for Managing the Colicky Baby
T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Conference, Dallas, TX
Uncategorized
The Spirited Child
Presented to Mother's of Preschoolers, Arlington, TX
Uncategorized
The Difficult Child Support Group
Arlington, TX
Uncategorized
New Strategies for Managing the Colicky Baby
Mosby's Perinatal and Pediatric Health Care Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
Uncategorized
Infant Colic
Invited appearance on "Positively Texas," Channel 11, Fort Worth, TX
Uncategorized
New Strategies for Managing the Colicky Baby
Pediatric Clinical and Professional Update, Greater Texas Chapter of NAPNAP
Uncategorized
Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting

Podium Presentation
 

Invited
Fall 2015
NURS 6320 - LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Focuses on leadership and organizational theories and financial principles applicable to the role of the doctor of nursing practice, to promote quality improvement initiatives in a selected practice system.
Last Updated on August 27, 2015, 5:22 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
NURS 5442 - Primary Pediatrics
Focus is on integration of acquired theoretical concepts and empirical knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of multiple common acute and stable chronic health problems in children birth to 21 years.
Last Updated on August 27, 2015, 5:20 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
NURS 6320 - LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Focuses on leadership and organizational theories and financial principles applicable to the role of the doctor of nursing practice, to promote quality improvement initiatives in a selected practice system.
Last Updated on January 7, 2015, 1:49 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
NURS 6382 - Nursing & Health Policy Issues & Analysis
Analyze historical, current, and predicted national, state, and local health care policy processes.
Last Updated on January 9, 2015, 4:12 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
NURS 5631 - Pediatric Advanced Clinical Practicum
Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.
Last Updated on August 20, 2014, 2:19 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
NURS 5331 - Pediatric Advanced Clinical Practicum
Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.
Last Updated on August 20, 2014, 2:21 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
NURS 5442 - N5442 Primary Care Pediatric Nursing
Focus is on integration of acquired theoretical concepts and empirical knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of multiple common acute and stable chronic health problems in children birth to 21 years.
Last Updated on August 28, 2014, 8:05 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
NURS 6320 - Leadership in Health Care Systems
Focuses on leadership and organizational theories and financial principles applicable to the role of the doctor of nursing practice, to promote quality improvement initiatives in a selected practice system.
Last Updated on August 18, 2014, 4:26 pm
No Documents Attached
Summer 2014
NURS 5306 - Pediatric Management
Foundations of advanced clinical practice in the primary care of children, birth to 21 years with a family centered approach on growth and development, health promotion and management of common health problems.
Last Updated on May 19, 2014, 2:46 pm
No Documents Attached
Summer 2014
NURS 5631 - Pediatric Primary Care Preceptorship
Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.
Last Updated on May 16, 2014, 2:54 pm
No Documents Attached
Summer 2014
NURS 5331 - N5331 Pediatric Primary Care Preceptorship
Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.
Last Updated on May 16, 2014, 3:03 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2014
NURS 6382 - Nursing and Health Care Policy for DNP Students
Analyze historical, current, and predicted global, national, state, and local health care policy processes.
Last Updated on January 12, 2014, 10:24 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2014
NURS 5306 - Pediatric Management
2 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours Foundations of advanced clinical practice in the primary care of children, birth to 21 years with a family centered approach on growth and development, health promotion and management of common health problems. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: Analyze the empirical and theoretical knowledge of the unique anatomic structures, physiological and psychological process in the care of the pediatric and adolescent patient. Apply family and developmental theory in the care of the pediatric and adolescent patient. Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication to assist children and their families in primary prevention to health promotion. Demonstrate knowledge of basic management of the pediatric patient with common acute minor illness and appropriate referral. Implement culturally sensitive care to the pediatric and adolescent patient and family. Use current research in the management of health and illness in the pediatric patient role using research methodologies.
Last Updated on January 6, 2014, 8:09 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 5306 - Pediatric Management
This course teaches the foundations of advanced clinical practice in the primary care of children, birth to 21 years with a family centered approach on growth and development, health promotion and management of common health problems.
Last Updated on August 26, 2013, 2:47 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 5442 - Nurs 5442-001
In this course, the primary focus is on integration of acquired theoretical concepts and empirical knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of multiple common acute and stable chronic health problems in children birth to 21 years.
Last Updated on August 26, 2013, 2:49 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 5631 - Nurs 5631-008
24 Lecture Hours 0 Lab Hours Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.
Last Updated on September 4, 2013, 5:35 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 6620 - DNP Practicum I
Emphasis on the development of clinical expertise in the management of health problems in selected populations. 
Last Updated on August 26, 2013, 3:34 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 5331 - Nurs 5331-005
12 Lecture Hours 0 Lab Hours Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.
Last Updated on September 4, 2013, 5:39 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 6621 - DNP Practicum II
Emphasis on the development of clinical expertise in the management of health problems in selected populations.
Last Updated on August 26, 2013, 3:35 pm
No Documents Attached
Summer 2013
NURS 5306 - Pediatric Management
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Summer 2013
NURS 5631 - Pediatric Practicum Primary Care
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Spring 2013
NURS 6382 - Nursing & Health Policy Issues & Analysis
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Spring 2013
NURS 5306 - Pediatric Management
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Fall 2012
NURS 5442 - Primary Pediatrics
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Spring 2012
NURS 5306 - Pediatric Management
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Summer 2011
NURS 5306 - Pediatric Management
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Summer 2011
NURS 5631 - PEDIATRIC ACUTE CARE PRACTICUM
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
Summer 2011
NURS 5331 - N5331 Pediatric Practicum
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on June 3, 2013, 9:57 am
No Documents Attached
December -
DNP
Completion of Doctor of Nursing Practice with a special focus on children with learning disorders and other mental health challenges
Uncategorized
December -
KySS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Fellowship
2010  Currently enrolled in the Kyss Child and Adolescent Fellowship and pursuing a speciality practice focus in pediatric mental health in primary care
Uncategorized
December -
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Currently maintaining a clinical practice specialty as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care
Uncategorized