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Lauren Diegel-Vacek, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP

Interim Executive Associate Dean

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science


Building & Room:

NURS 760


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

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Dr. Diegel-Vacek is Director of the DNP Program and Associate Department Head of the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and family nurse practitioner.

Selected Publications

Diegel-Vacek, L. & Carlucci, M. (2020). An Innovative Virtual Poster Session for DNP Student Project Presentations. Journal of Nursing Education.



Fitz, S., Diegel-Vacek, L. & Mahoney, E. (2020) Implementation of a Discharge Bundle to Decrease Lung Transplant Readmissions. Progress in Transplantation.

Sedlock, J., Green, J. & Diegel-Vacek, L. (2020). Implementation of a Geriatric Fracture Program. Orthopaedic Nursing, 39, (3). Pp 165-168. (ANCC contact hour article).


Diegel-Vacek, L. & Vuckovic, K. (2019). Pharmacotherapeutic Preparation for Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority. Journal for Nurse Practitioners 15, (7), pages e131-e134.

Potts, L., Murchek, A., Diegel-Vacek, L., Ryan, C. (2018). Improving Patient Flow Utilizing a Standardized Electronic Nursing Handoff Process. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48 (9) 432-436.

O’Dell, A., & Diegel-Vacek, L. (2018). Development of an RN Training Toolkit for Value-based Care Models. Viewpoints, American Association of Ambulatory Nursing. Vol. 40, Issue 6.





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Notable Honors

2020, Fellow, American Association of Nursing Practitioners


BSN Lewis University, Romeoville IL
MSN University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing
DNP University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing

Licensures and Certifications


Registered Nurse, State of Illinois

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner, State of Illinois


Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC

Certified Nurse Educator, NLN


Professional Memberships

American Association Colleges of Nursing-Practice Leadership Network

American Association Nurse Practitioners

American Nurses Association

National Organization Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Lambda Chapter

Selected Presentations

Sparbel, K., Diegel-Vacek, L., Reising, V. & Corbridge, S. (2020). Teaching Systems Thinking: Strategies for Implementation across the Curriculum. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Fall Conference: Excellence in Virtual NP Education. (Virtual conference).

Fitz, S., Diegel-Vacek,  L., Mahoney, E. (2019). Reducing 30-Day Hospital Readmissions Among Lung Transplant Patients. Fuld Institute for Evidence-based Practice Summit, Ohio State University. Columbus, OH

Diegel-Vacek, L. (2019). Benefits of Faculty Practice. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) preconference workshop. Atlanta, GA,

Diegel-Vacek, L. (2019). Plenary session. Faculty Practice for Schools of all Sizes: Innovative models of sustainable faculty practice. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Practice Conference, San Diego, CA

 Diegel-Vacek, L.  (2018). Building Academic-Practice Partnerships for Interprofessional DNP Projects.  American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Practice Conference,  Naples, FL

Diegel-Vacek, L. (2013). Use of Evidence-based Architectural Design to Promote Hand Washing. Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL