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Martha Tanicala

Associate Professor

366 Marshall


R.N. - Providence Hospital School of Nursing
B.S.N. - University of Toledo
M.S.N. - Medical College of Ohio
Ed.D. - Bowling Green State University

Teaching Interests

Selected Presentations and/or Publications


  • Pass/Fail in Clinical Nursing Courses Implication on Patient Safety, University of Cincinnati SOTL Conference, August 2007, EMU Scholarly Achievement Day, March 2008
  • Dissertation Research Design and Implementation of Nursing Student Clinical Experiences and Program Effectiveness as Measured by NCLEX-RN Pass Rates , May 2006, University of Cincinnati SOTL Conference, August 2007
  • Wrote position and research papers concerning community responsibility in health care mergers, the effects of the dominant culture in nursing education on student success for students of lower socioeconomic status, and identification and needs assessment of adult students with learning disabilities including a description of available resources at six colleges in the Northwest Ohio area.
  • Created a guide for nurses and families on health promotion for infants and toddlers.
  • Presented paper on Delegating Clinical Teaching to Adjunct Faculty, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, March 2005.
  • Presented poster on Delegating Clinical Teaching to Adjunct Faculty, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, November 2004
  • Presented poster on Orphan Care Models in Sub-Saharan Africa, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, April 2003
  • Presented findings and support for human resource development in Uganda health care system as part of application for a grant from the Izumi Foundation, November 2003
  • Predictors of NCLEX-RN Success and Relationship to Clinical Learning Experiences, November 1999.

Additional Information


  • Registered Nurse License, Ohio, 1973-Current
  • Registered Nurse License, Michigan 1991-Current
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN), National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Pediatric Nurses, 1994-2000

Professional Affiliations:

  • Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO)
  • Program Coordinator Nursing Overseas Uganda Program Spring, 2007-present
  • Member Nursing Education Steering Committee for All Nursing Overseas Programs Spring, 2007-present
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners¬†and Pediatric Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Eta Rho Chapter

Professional Activities:

  • Health Volunteers Overseas, Volunteer in Kampala, Uganda, Africa July 2002-December 2002 & June 2008
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Turkmenistan September 2001
  • Member, Committee for Admission and Retention, EMU School of Nursing, 2003-2004
  • Member, Curriculum Transformation Task Force, EMU School of Nursing 2003-2004
  • Chair, Curriculum and Instruction Committee, EMU School of Nursing, 2006-2008
  • Member, Curriculum and Instruction Committee, EMU School of Nursing 1999-2002, 2004-2006
  • Member, CHHS Faculty Advisory Council, EMU School of Nursing 2003-2005
  • Member, NCLEX-RN Success & Standardized Testing, EMU School of Nursing 2004-present
  • BSN Coordinator, Levels III/IV, EMU School of Nursing, 2003-2005
  • Member, CHHS International Committee, EMU School of Nursing 2005-present
  • Served as item writer for NCLEX-RN (National Nursing Licensure Examination) in 1993 and 1996
  • Served as pediatric item reviewer and content expert for NCLEX-RN in 1999
  • Developed review items for NCLEX-RN review book and computer program that was published in cooperation with Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992, 1995, and 1996
  • Approved as an item writer for NCLEX-RN in both Ohio and Michigan 2000-current
  • Served as board member, Northwest Ohio League for Nursing, 1994-1996

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