Rita Secola is the Clinical Services Director for the Hematology-Oncology Service Line at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She has over 30 years of pediatric nursing experience. She obtained her BSN from Carlow College and MSN from the University of Pittsburgh, both in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her PhD from the School of Nursing at the University of California Los Angeles. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2013.
Rita has presented extensively on pediatric and pediatric oncology-related topics as well as published in various cancer, pediatric and nursing journals. Rita’s research work and expertise are related to eliminating central line bloodstream infections in pediatric oncology patients, HSCT and targeted therapies including immunotherapy and cellular therapy. She is a leader for CHLA clinical services research and evidence-based practice efforts. For her work in nursing education and leadership, she has received awards from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Advance for Nurses Southern California, Southern California Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses and the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses. She is a past President of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses.
- State of Nursing: Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Glimpse of the Past, Current State, a Glance of the Future (102)
- Children's Hospital Los Angeles
- Los Angeles, California