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Angela M McPhillips (Lepkowski), DNP, RN, NCSN, PHNA-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science


Building & Room:

1022 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

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Dr. Angela McPhillips holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in advanced population health nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor. Angela’s specialty area of practice is promoting and implementing high quality, evidence based nursing care for children with disabilities and special health care needs in the school setting.

Angela is a board certified Advanced Public Health Nurse and holds national and state certification in school nursing. Angela has over a decade of clinical nursing experience in a variety of acute and community settings: urban Level 1 pediatric trauma center, pediatric medical observation unit, Chicago Public Schools, and supporting medically complex children in foster care as child welfare nurse consultant.

She is actively involved with the National Association of School Nurses contributing to projects related to data collection and advancing evidence-based practice in school nursing to improve student health outcomes. Angela is the lead author of NASN’s School Nursing Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Students with Seizures and Epilepsy. Angela is also a core contributing faculty member of the Managing Students with Seizures ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), an American Academy of Pediatrics/Epilepsy Foundation telementoring program to educate school nurses on best practices for managing students with seizures in the school environment.

Selected Grants

Illinois Board of Higher Education, Nurse Educator Fellowship Award, 2018, Awardee of funds to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing.

Selected Publications

McPhillips, A. M., Schultz, R. J., Nasuta, M., Shafer, P. O. (2020). ECHO telementoring applied to managing Students with seizures: The benefits for school nurses. NASN School Nurse, manuscript accepted for publication.

Quinn, B., & Lepkowski, A. M. (2019). Students with seizures and epilepsy. In J. Selekman, C. F. Yonkaitis & R. A. Shannon (Eds.), School nursing: a comprehensive text. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Lepkowski, A. M., Shannon, R. A., & Maughan, E. D. (2019). Validation of a Model for Developing Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for School Nursing. The Journal of School Nursing.

Service to Community

Epilepsy Foundation
Participant. Epilepsy Foundation’s Consensus Conference on Best Practices for Use of Rescue Therapies.


American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Advisory Committee. National Coordinating Center for Epilepsy: Innovations in Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy.


2018, 2019      First Ladies Health Initiative 10th Annual Walk/Run/Health Fair. Organized and mobilized 25 UIC College of Nursing student volunteers to provide health screening and education to clients in collaboration with University of Illinois Health System and the UIC College of Medicine. Students performed over 250 health screenings and facilitated training of over 600 community members in Community Bystander CPR through the Illinois Heart Saver program.


2018, 2019      University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System Mass Influenza Vaccination Event. Lead faculty in organizing and training 60 pre-licensure nursing students to provide hospital wide employee vaccination in collaboration with University Health Services as part of mass disaster drill.

Professional Leadership

Nursing Discipline Training Coordinator, Illinois Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND)

Notable Honors

2019, Mary Kelly Mullane Award for Clinical Excellence, Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Lambda Chapter

2017, 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader, illinois Nurses Foundation


Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2018
DNP Project: Developing a seizure and epilepsy school nursing evidence based clinical practice guideline.

Master of Science, Advanced Community Health Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2013
MS Project: Implementation of a school- based asthma intervention program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2009

Licensures and Certifications


2012-2022       Illinois Certified School Nurse, Professional Educator’s License (977118)

2009-2022       Registered Nurse (IL 041376439)


2017-2022       American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified in Advanced Population Health Nursing (2017033615)

2016-2021       National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Certified in School Nursing (60603509)

Professional Memberships

2017-present   Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

2016-present   American Public Health Association

2012-present   National Association of School Nurses

2012-present   Illinois Association of School Nurses

Selected Presentations

Shafer, P. O., McPhillips, A. M., Nasuta, M., Schultz, R. J., Brocker, C., Santilli, N. (2020, June 24 -27). Preferred practices and skills for rescue therapies for students with epilepsy. [Conference workshop]. National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (Conference workshops cancelled due to COVID-19)

Lepkowski, A. M. & Yonkaitis, C. F. (2019, January). Coordinating and Synchronizing DNP Projects:

Maximizing Benefits. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference, San Diego, CA.

Lepkowski, A. M. (2018, June). Using school nurse data as force for the future! National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Lepkowski, A. M. (2018, June). Introducing the school nursing evidence-based practice seizures and epilepsy clinical guideline, National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.