Diane Brienza-Arcilla, DNP, RN

Diane Brienza-Arcilla, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing
School of Nursing
Stanley S. Bergen Building, Room 1012
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107
(973) 972-6693

Over more than three decades of work in nursing, both on the clinical side and as an educator, Dr. Diane Arcilla has established strong credentials in the treatment and management of both acute and chronic health problems. Since 2016, she has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing at the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Dr. Arcilla’s career has included almost 20 years of work in community health nursing, where she has helped patients transition across health care settings and prevent hospitalizations. She has labored to improve quality of care in long-term settings and help patients remain independent in their communities to the greatest degree possible.

Her most recent project – in her previous position as Director of Quality Care Management for the Visiting Nurses Association of Somerset Hills in New Jersey – centered on development of “An Evidence-Based Practice Approach to Facilitate the Transition to Home Care Using a Structured Education Program.” The initiative included working in the community health setting educating staff and patients on evidence-based practice tools and techniques to keep chronically ill patients from returning to the hospital. This process has been incorporated into the ongoing teaching provided to staff and patients, thanks to the program’s success in reducing re-hospitalization rates.

At the VNA of Somerset Hills, Dr. Arcilla oversaw quality improvement for home health, hospice, community health services, private duty, and adult day care.  She also supervised staff education, chronic care management, clinical informatics, corporate compliance, and infection control. Dr. Arcilla was responsible for making sure the patients received the highest quality of care possible. This was accomplished by staying abreast of all the latest changes in regulations and treatments and always looking for ways to improve the care patients receive. Through these efforts, the agency had excellent patient satisfaction scores and improvements in patient outcomes as reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Earlier in her career, Dr. Arcilla held numerous clinical and management positions with hospitals and hospice facilities in New York City.

Dr. Arcilla earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Downstate Medical Center College of nursing, her master’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Fairleigh Dickinson University.



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