Dr. Justin DiLibero

Justin DiLibero
Department, Office, or School
Zvart Onanian School of Nursing
  • Interim Dean for the School of Nursing

Dr. Justin DiLibero, DNP, APRN-CNS, CCRN-K, CCNS, ACCNS-AG, FCNS, is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the Onanian School of Nursing at Rhode Island College. With an extensive background in academia and leadership, Dr. DiLibero brings a wealth of experience to his role.

Prior to his appointment as Interim Dean, Dr. DiLibero held the position of Associate Professor in the graduate nursing department. Throughout his career, he has taught at various levels, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral programs. Dr. DiLibero has also assumed several significant leadership positions, including Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director and Graduate Department Chairperson.

During his tenure as the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director, Dr. DiLibero played a pivotal role in implementing substantial curricular revisions and program enhancements. He introduced streamlined processes and established a robust infrastructure to support students and project advisors in DNP project courses. Dr. DiLibero developed new courses, standardized the program progression plan, and improved the overall curriculum coherence.

As the Graduate Department Chairperson, Dr. DiLibero oversaw multiple degree-level and certificate-level programs, ensuring their continued success. He spearheaded various quality improvement initiatives that resulted in sustainable advancements across the graduate programs. Additionally, Dr. DiLibero played a key role in launching innovative programs, such as the BSN to DNP with Specialization in Nurse Anesthesia program, and the post-master's Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate Programs.

Beyond his contributions to Rhode Island College, Dr. DiLibero has assumed leadership roles at the regional and national levels. He currently holds the position of President at the Rhode Island Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and serves as the Chair of the joint National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists/Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute Taskforce. Dr. DiLibero is also the Secretary of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute Board of Trustees and has previously served on the boards of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation.

Dr. DiLibero holds a dual Master's of Science in Nursing Degree, specializing in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator, from the University of Cincinnati. He furthered his education by earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Leadership from Northeastern University. His research and quality improvement work have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and he is a frequent presenter at national forums. In recognition for his contributions to the field, Dr. DiLibero has been inducted as a Fellow of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute. He has received accolades including the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Excellence in Medical Critical Care Award, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award, the Rhode Island College Exceptional Faculty Award, and the Rhode Island State Nursing Association/Rhode Island Monthly 2022 Nurse of the Year in an Academic Setting Award.


A.D.N. Quinsigamond Community College, 2003
B.S.N. University of Phoenix, 2009
M.S.N. Adult-Gerontology CNS/Nurse Educator, University of Cincinnati, 2013
DNP Northeastern University, 2017

Professional Associations

Service Outside Rhode Island College

Board of Directors, American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Board of Directors, AACN Certification Corporation

AACN Acute and Critical Care Scope and Standards of Practice Task Force

AACN Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACCNP/ACCNS) Certification Exam Item Writing Committee Member​​

Selected Publications

DiLibero, J.H., DeSanto-Madeya, S., Dottery, R., Sullivan, L., O’Donoghue, S. (2018). “Improving the Accuracy of Delirium Assessments in Neuroscience Patients: Scaling a Quality Improvement Program to Improve Nurses Skill, Compliance, and Accuracy in the Use of the CAM-ICU Tool.” Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 37(1), 26-34.

DiLibero, J.H., O’Donoghue, S., DeSanto-Madeya, S., Felix, J., Ninobla, A., Woods, A. (2016). “An innovative approach to improving the accuracy of delirium assessments using the Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU).” Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 35(2), 74-80. 

O’Reilly, K., Roukis, S., Russell, K., Teves, T., DiLibero, J., Yassa, D., Berry, H., Howell, M. (2016). “Standard work for room entry: linking lean, hand-hygiene, and patient-centeredness. Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.

DiLibero, J.H., O’Donoghue, S., DeSanto-Madeya, S. (2016). “Improving the accuracy of cardiac electrode placement: Outcomes of clinical nurse specialist practice.” Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 30(1),45-50.

DiLibero, J.H., Edwards, E., Hanson, D. (2015). “Introducing Massachusetts CSI Nursing Delirium Collaborative.” Nursing Management, 46(11), 10-14.

DiLibero, J.H., Lavieri, M., O’Donoghue, S., DeSanto-Madeya, S. (2015). Withholding or continuing enteral feedings during repositioning and the incidence of aspiration. American Journal of Critical Care, 24(3), 258-261.


NURS 372: Adult Health II
NURS 375: Transition to Professional Practice
NURS 510: Adult/Older Adult Health/Illness I
NURS 708: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice