- 2012, C.N.E. (Certified Nurse Educator), The National League for Nursing (NLN)
- 2009, Ph.D. (Organizational Leadership), Regent University
- 1997, M.S. (Nursing Education), Hampton University
- 1986, B.S.N., Hampton University
Dr. Fitzgerald is an Adjunct Professor of Nursing in the School of Professional Studies. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1986 and master’s degree in nursing education 1997 from Hampton University in Hampton Virginia. Her master’s thesis focus was on Knowledge of Advanced Directives. She was the recipient of an academic scholarship from Regent University that supported her doctoral pursuit. Her doctoral thesis focus was on Perceived Listening Skill of Nurse Managers.
She has worked in nursing areas such as medical-surgical, telemetry, emergency department, mental health, cardiovascular ICU and as administrative nursing supervisor for a major medical center. Dr. Fitzgerald relocated from Virginia to Illinois in 2007 to assume the role of Senior Sponsoring Editor for McGraw-Hill. She continued to remain active in nursing by teaching clinical for local associate and baccalaureate nursing programs. She has taught nursing education for over 25-years and at the graduate level has taught Nursing Research, Leadership, and specialty Nursing Education track courses.
On a personal level, Dr. Fitzgerald has been married to Darrell for 30 years. They are the parents of one son and two grown daughters. She and her husband are blessed with two grandchildren. Dr. Fitzgerald enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.