Anita Fitzgerald, PhD, RN, AGNP, CNE

Anita Fitzgerald is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at CSULB. She has been a full-time faculty member since 2007. She worked as a nurse practitioner in primary care, and as an RN in medical-surgical care, cardiac care, and the emergency department.

Dr. Fitzgerald’s research interests concentrate on nursing education and nursing professional identity development. She has studied the impact of COVID-19 on nursing education and student stress and anxiety. Her main focus is on nursing professional identity formation, looking at students’ understanding of the process, the factors that support or detract from it, and educational approaches that best support its development.

  • BA in History from Loyola Marymount University
  • AD in Nursing from Mt. St. Mary’s College
  • BS and MS in Nursing from CSULB
  • PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado

  • Nursing professional identity development
  • The influence of COVID-19 on nursing education
  • Nursing student readiness for licensing
  • Nursing student transition to practice

  • NRSG 250 Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • NRSG 302 Foundations of Clinical Pharmacology
  • NRSG 305 Pathophysiology for Nurses
  • NRSG 312 Health Assessment
  • NRSG 458 NCLEX-RN Preparatory Course
  • NRSG 520 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

  • Gardening
  • Puzzles of all sorts
  • Travel
  • Sigma Nursing