Joelle D. Hargraves is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing. She earned her doctor of nursing practice at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Her doctoral work focused on improving glycemic control in patients immediately following cardiac surgery. The critical care insulin infusion protocol (IIP) was revised based upon best evidence and approved by an interprofessional team. Increasing nurses' knowledge of glycemic control and implementing an insulin infusion protocol targeting moderate glycemic control were effective for treating acute hyperglycemia following cardiac surgery with decreased incidence of hypoglycemia. Dr. Hargraves received Honorary Mention (one of two nationally) for the 2014 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice award presented by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She also earned a master of science in nursing in the clinical nurse specialist track from Widener University with a focus in critical care nursing. Areas of special interest include cardiovascular program development and improving outcomes of cardiovascular patients through research and practice.


  • DNP, Chatham University
  • MSN, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Widener University
  • BSN, Widener University
  • AAS, Nursing, Luzerne County Community College

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




NURS 2261

Pharmacology for Generalist Nursing Practice


NURS 2589

Generalist Nursing Practice I: Principles of Care and Clinical Decision Making


NURS 3089

Generalist Nursing Practice II: Medical Surgical and Psychiatric Nursing


NURS 3296

Perspectives on Health, Thinking Globally


NURS 4889

Generalist Nursing Practice IV: Tertiary Care Across the Lifespan


NURS 8205

Nursing Leadership for Systems and Communities


Selected Publications

  • Stubin, C.A. & Hargraves, J.D. (2022). Faculty supportive behaviors and nursing student mental health: a pilot study. Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh, 19(1). Germany. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2022-0044