Education and Training

Residency

Integrative Medicine - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Additional Training

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry - Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA

Board Certification

Basic Life Support (BLS)
Certified Birth Doula
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC)
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (CPNP-PC)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Undergraduate Degree

BSN - Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY
BA in Psychology - Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Graduate Degree

MSN - Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY
 

Titles and Academic Titles

Nurse Practitioner

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2018

Paice, J.A., Battista, V., Carol Ann Drick, C.A., & Schreiner, E. Leading Change and Transforming Primary Palliative Care: Nursing’s Role in Providing Pain and Symptom Management. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2018 Feb;20(1):30-35. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000405.

2016

Ferrell, B., Wittenberg. E., Battista, V. & Walker, G. (2016). Nurses’ Experiences of Spiritual Communication with Seriously Ill Children. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 19(11), 1166-1170.

Ferrell, B., Wittenberg. E., Battista, V. & Walker, G. (2016). Exploring the spiritual needs of families with seriously ill children. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22(8), 388-394.

Waldman, E. & Battista, V. (2016, Fall). Find the Lost Voice: The Role of Pediatric Palliative Care in Advocating for Children Who Cannot Speak for Themselves. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Quarterly, Ethics, 17(3). Retrieved from http://aahpm.org/quarterly/fall-16-ethics

Battista, V. & Feudtner, C. (2016). Threats to parents’ roles during the process of their child dying in the paediatric intensive care unit. Evidence Based Nursing, 0, 1-2. Doi: 10.1136/eb-2015-102297.

2015

Santucci, G. & Battista, V. (2015). Methylnaltrexone for opioid-induced constipation in patients at the end of life. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 21(4), 162-164.

2014

Mandac, C. & Battista, V. (2014). Contributions of Palliative Care to Pediatric Patient Care. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 30(4), 212-226.

Santucci, G., Battista, V., & Kang, T. (2014). Caring for the Infant With Trisomy 18: The Bioethical Implications of Treatment Decisions on Nurses. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 16(7), 388-393.

2012

Kaufmann, P., McDermott, M.P., Darras, B.T., Finkel, R.S., Sproule, D.M., Kang, P.B., Oskoui, M., Constantinescu, A., Gooch, C.L., Foley, A.R., Yang, M.L., Tawil, R., Chung, W.K., Martens, W.B., Montes, J., Battista, V., … De Vivo, D.C. (2012). SMA-MAP: a plasma protein panel for spinal muscular atrophy. Neurology, 79(18), 1889-1897.

2011

Kaufmann, P., Engelstad, K., Wei, Y., Kulikova, R., Oskoui, M., Sproule, D.M., Battista, V., De Vivo, D.C. (2011). Natural history of MELAS associated with mitochondrial DNA m.3243A>G genotype. Neurology, 77(22), 1965-1971.

Sproule, D.M., Punyanitya, M., Shen, W., Dashnaw, S., Martens, B., Montgomery, M., Montes, J., Battista, V., Finkel, R., Darras, B., De Vivo, D.C., & Kaufmann, P. (2011). Muscle volume estimation by magnetic resonance imaging in spinal muscular atrophy. Journal of Child Neurology, 26(3), 309-317.

2010

Wang, C. H., Bonnemann, C. G., Rutkowski, A., Sejersen, T., Bellini, J.,  Battista, V., ... Zeller, R. (2010). Consensus Statement on Standard of Care for Congenital Muscular Dystrophies. Journal of Child Neurology, 25(12) 1559-1581.

Parsons, T., Weimer, L., Engelstad, K., Linker, A., Battista, V., Wei, Y., Hirano, M., DiMauro, S., De Vivo, D.C., & Kaufmann, P. (2010). Autonomic symptoms in carriers of the m.3243A>G mitochondrial DNA mutation. Archives of Neurology, 67(8), 976-979.

Sproule, D.M., Montes, J., Dunaway, S., Montgomery, M., Battista, V. Koenigsberger, D., Martens, B., Shen, W., Punyanitya, M., Benton, M., Butler, H., Caracciolo, J., Mercuri, E., Finkel, R., Darras, B., De Vivo, D.C., &  Kaufmann P. (2010). Adiposity is increased among high-functioning, non-ambulatory patients with spinal muscular atrophy. Neuromuscular Disorders, 20(7), 448-52.

Sproule, D.M., Montes, J., Dunaway, S.L., Montgomery, M., Battista, V., Shen, W., Punyanitya, M., De Vivo, D.C., & Kaufmann P. (2010). Bioelectrical impedance analysis can be a useful screen for excess adiposity in spinal muscular atrophy. Journal of Child Neurology, 25(11), 1348-1352.

Dunaway, S., Montes, J., Montgomery, M., Battista, V., Koo, B., Marra, J., De Vivo, D., Hynan, L., Iannaccone, S., & Kaufmann, P. (2010). Reliability of telephone administration of the PedsQL™ Generic Quality of Life Inventory™ and Neuromuscular Module™ in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Neuromuscular Disorders, 20, 162-165.

2009

Sproule, D.M., Montes, J., Montgomery, M., Battista, V., Koenigsberger, D., Shen, W., Punyanitya, M., & Kaufmann, P. (2009). Increased fat mass and high incidence of overweight despite low body mass index in patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Neuromuscular Disorders, 19(6), 391-396.

Kaufmann, P., Engelstad, K., Wei, Y., Kulikova, R., Oskoui, M., Battista, V., Koenigsberger, D. Y., Pascual, J. M., Sano, M., Hirano, M., DiMauro, S., Shungu, D. C., Mao, X. & De Vivo, D. C. (2009). Protean phenotypic features of the A3243G mitochondrial DNA mutation. Archives of Neurology, 66(1), 85-91.

2008

Battista, V. (2008). The value of a mentor. There’s always something more to learn. Advanced Nurse Practitioners, 16(9), 108.

2007

Gordon, P. H., Wang, Y., Doorish, C., Lewis, M., Battista, V., Mitsumoto, M., & Marder, K. (2007). A screening assessment of cognitive impairment in patients with ALS.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 8(6), 362-365.

Mitsumoto, H., Ulug, A. M., Pullman, S. L., Gooch, C. L., Chan, S., Tang, M. X., Mao, X., Hays, A. P.,  Floyd, A. G., Battista, V., Montes, J., Hayes, S., Dashnaw, S., Kaufmann, P., Gordon, P. H., Hirsh, J., Levin, B., Rowland, L. P., Shungu, D. C. (2007). Quantitative objective markers for upper and lower motor neuron dysfunction in ALS. Neurology, 68(17), 1402-1410.

Kaufmann, P., Levy, G., Montes, J., Buchsbaum, R., Barsdorf, A. I., Battista, V., Arbing, R., Gordon, P. H., Mitsumoto, H., Levin, B., & Thompson, J. L. (2007). Excellent inter-rater, intra-rater, and telephone-administered reliability of the ALSFRS-R in a multicenter clinical trial. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 8(1), 42-46.

2006

Mitsumoto, H., Floyd, A., Tang, M. X., Kaufmann, P., Battista, V., Hristova, A., & Pullman, S. L. (2006). Transmagnetic Magnetic Stimulation for upper motor neuron involvement in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Supplementation to Clinical Neurophysiology, 59, 327-332. 

Levy, G., Kaufmann, P., Buchsbaum, R., Montes, J., Barsdorf, A., Arbing, R., Battista, V., Zhou, X., Mitsumoto, H., Levin, B, & Thompson, J. L. (2006). A two-stage design for a phase II clinical trial of coenzyme Q10 in ALS. Neurology, 66(5), 660-663.

2005

Kaufmann, P., Levy, G., Thompson, J. L., Del Bene, M. L., Battista, V., Gordon, P. H., Rowland, L. P., Levin, B., & Mitsumoto, H. (2005). The ALSFRSr Predicts Survival Time in an ALS Clinic Population. Neurology; 64(1), 38-43.

Books

Chapters

2017

Battista, V. (2017). An Overview of Hospice and Palliative Care in the Pediatric Patient. In G. Santucci (Ed). Core Curriculum for the Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Nurse, 2nd edition. Pittsburgh, PA, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Battista, V. & Thaxton, C.A. (2017). Pediatric Palliative Care. In P.J. Coyne, B. Bobb, & K. Plakovic (Eds). Conversations in Palliative Care, Questions and Answers with the Experts, fourth edition. Pittsburgh, PA, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

2016

Battista, V. & Santucci, G. (2016). Presenting Pediatric Palliative Care as a Model of Care for the Hospitalized Child. In C. Dahlin, P.J. Coyne, & B. R. Ferrell (Eds). Oxford Textbook of Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing. New York, NY, Oxford University Press.

2015

Battista, V. & LaRagione, G. (2015). Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care. In B. R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing, Fourth Edition. New York, NY, Oxford University Press.

2014

Battista, V. & Mosher, P.J. (2014). Palliative Care for the Infant, Child, or Adolescent with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). In V. Ferguson (Ed.), Pediatric Life-Limiting Conditions. Pittsburgh, PA, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

2013

Battista, V., Santucci, G., DeSanto-Madeya, S., & Grace, P. (2013). Nursing Ethics and Advanced Practice:  Palliative and End-Of-Life Care Across the Lifespan. In P. Grace (Ed.), Nursing Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Advance Practice, Second Edition. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning. 

2009

Battista, V. (2009). Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne. In P. J. Allen & J. A. Vessey (Eds.), Primary Care of the Child with a Chronic Condition, Fifth Edition. St. Louis, MO, Mosby.

Posters and Presentations

2017

Battista V. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Pre-Conference Workshop: “The Doctor is In: Part Two”. February 2017.

Ferrell, B., Wittenberg, E., Battista, V., & Walker, G. “Nurses’ Experiences of Spiritual Communication in Seriously-Ill Children” American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) Annual Assembly, Phoenix, AZ, February 2017.

Invited Lectures

2018

Battista V. 19th Annual CHOP APP Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Global Approach to Pediatric Healthcare- Primary Acute, and Behavioral Health: “Clinical Aromatherapy: An Introduction to the Safe Use of Essential Oils”. May 2018.

Battista V. Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), Pittsburgh, PA. Webinar: APRN Education Series: “Integrative Therapies in Pediatric Palliative Care”. February 2018.

Battista V. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA. N567: An Evidence-based Approach to Managing Symptoms in Advanced Illness: “Pediatric Pain and Symptom Management”. February 2018.

Battista V. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), Fort Myers, FL. Duchenne Clinician Conference: “Palliative Care: When Should the Palliative Care Team Be Included in the Neuromuscular Team?”. January 2018.

2017

Battista V. Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam Review Course, Philadelphia, PA. Exam Review Lecture: “End of Life Care”. October 2017.

Battista V. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA. Palliative Care Class (N557): “Pediatric Palliative Care: Patients and Families Are Ready, Are We?”. October 2017.

Battista V. Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY. APN Palliative Care Program: “Pediatric Palliative Care for the Child with a Chronic Illness”. October 2017.

Battista V. Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China. 3rd Shanghai International Nursing Conference “Pediatric Palliative Care: Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going?”. September 2017.

Battista V. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA. Filmed Online Module for Hybrid N557: “Palliative Care Considerations in the Pediatric Population”. August 2017.

Battista V. CureSMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. Workshop Facilitator: “Making Choices to Optimize Care and Quality of Life”. Workshop Facilitator: “Ethics and Realities in SMA Research and Emerging Therapies”. June 2017.

Awards and Honors

2012, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) Volunteer Award

2012, Pediatric End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Award

2011, Distinguished Young Alumni Award Recipient, Columbia University School of Nursing Alumni Association

2008, Scholarship Recipient for Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, Columbia University School of Nursing

2008, Association of Child Neurology Nurses (ACNN) Education Travel Award, Recipient for Attendance at the Annual Meeting in Santa Clara, CA

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Neuromuscular Disorders
Muscle and Nerve
The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing

Academic and Institutional Committees

2017-present, Ethics Committee
2015-present, Complementary Healthcare Program
 - 2015-present, Leadership Committee and Aromatherapy Group Leader
2010-present, Protocol Review Committee Member (PRC): Rare Disease Clinical Research Network (RDCRN)
2009-present, Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA)CureSMA, Medical Advisor Council (MAC)

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2008-present, Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
2007-present, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
2006-present, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
 - 2012-present, Founder and Chair, Pediatric Palliative Care Special Interest Group