Education and Training
Basic Life Support (BLS)Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - ANCC Board Certified
BSN - University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
BS in Psychology - Davidson College, Davidson, NC
MSN, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program - University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider Team Lead
Departments and Services
Malas N, Spital L, Fischer J, Kawai Y, Keefer, P. (2017) National Survey on Pediatric Acute Agitation and Behavioral Escalation in Academic Inpatient Pediatric Care Settings. Psychosomatics, 58(3), 299-306.
Spital, Linden, Emotional Distress: Anxiety and Depression in Breast Cancer, Achievement of National Quality Standards in HER2-positive Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study on the Impact of Certified Education Plus a Novel Care Planning Tool.
Spital L, Fischer J, Malas N, Keefer P. Current Clinical Practices in Management of Acute Agitation and Aggression in medically hospitalized patients. In proceedings from Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; October 24-29, 2016; New York, NY. Abstract 25987.
Natal, S., Pittman, T., Richmond, S., Spital, L. & Walsh, M. (2012). Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders in Leahy, L.G. & Kohler, C. (eds). Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Posters and Presentations
Spital L, Chang R, Goyal, A. Impact of an Innovative Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Model on Provider Satisfaction When Caring for Behaviorally Complex Patients. Poster session presented at: Society of Hospital Medicine’s Annual Meeting; 2017 May 1-4; Las Vegas, NV.
Spital L, Fischer J, Malas N, Keefer P. Current Clinical Practices in Management of Acute Agitation and Aggression in medically hospitalized patients. Poster session presented at: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting; 2016 October 24-29; New York, NY.
Spital L (presenting author), Fischer J, Malas N, Keefer P. Current Clinical Practices in Management of Acute Agitation and Aggression in medically hospitalized patients. Poster session presented at: Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Conference Annual Meeting; 2016 July 28-30; Chicago, IL.
Spital, L., Schubiner, H., Wawrzyniak, K., Goesling, J., & Patterson, E. "Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain." Symposium conducted at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas; November 2016.
Spital, L. "Concurrent Substance Abuse in Chronic and Terminal Illness: Implications for Pain Management." Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology Great Lakes Cancer Nursing Conference. Troy, Michigan; October 2015.
Spital, L. “Importance of self-screening and early detection of breast cancer in a resource poor nation.” Presidential Audience Chamber, Serowe, Botswana. August 2010
Awards and Honors
2016, The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
2017-present, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
2014 -present, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
2010 – present, Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society
Patient Experience Ratings
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