Lauren Diegel-Vacek, DNP APN FNP-BC

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Director, Advanced Practice Program
  • Associate Department Head

ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner with an interest in implementation of evidence-based practice.  I also serve as the  Co-Chair of the UIC Hospital & Health Sciences System Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) Council and as the President of the UIC CON  Alpha Lambda Chapter of the STTI Honor Society of Nursing and on the Steering Committee of the AACN Practice Leadership Network.

Current Area of Teaching

Director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care nurse practitioner program. Teaching coursework in both our nurse practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and coordinator of our Department's Advanced Health Assessment course.

Selected Honors & Awards

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Seth D. Rosen Graduate Research Award- UIC College of Nursing 2001

Selected Publications

Diegel-Vacek, L. & Ryan, C. (2016). Promoting hand hygiene with a lighting prompt. Health Environments and Design Research Journal. , Vol. 10(1) 65-75

Guger, C. Daum, S., Vacek, L., Angeletti, J., O’Malley, J., Curell, K. & Phillips, J. (2011). Nursing morbidity and mortality conferences. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, Volume 27, Number 1

Vacek, Lauren (2007). Sensitivity training for nurses caring for morbidly obese patients. Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care. Winter 2007, 2(4): 251-253. doi:10.1089/bar.2007.9953