Virginia Aita, PhD MSN

Emeritus Faculty

Department of Health Promotion, Social, and Behavioral Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

Both a nurse and a scholar, her areas of expertise are in health care humanities and ethics. She is involved in two areas of research including exploring the integration of the arts and humanities with clinical care and in exploring ideas that shaped the history of nursing care.

Current research projects include the “Portraits of Care” Project and the “Teaching Observational Skills Project.” In both projects, Dr. Aita worked with artist-in-residence Mark Gilbert. In the portrait project, Aita and co-investigators studied the relationship and dimensions of care between patients and caregivers as depicted in portraits done by Gilbert. In the observational skills project Aita, Gilbert and co-investigators study the effectiveness of teaching medical students observational skills using methods drawn from the arts. A third research project employs historical methods and is entitled, “History and Philosophy of 20th Century Nursing Ideas about Care.”

Courses Taught

Involved in ethics teaching, and clinical ethics consultation.


Selected Publications

Professional Affiliations