Current Employment: Clinical Services Director, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA



PhD, University of California, School of Nursing, Los Angles, CA


MSN, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, Parent/Child Nursing, Pediatric Oncology Specialty


BSN, Carlow College, School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA



NIHAHRQ Predoctoral Grant Award - Funded, $40,000


American Cancer Society Doctoral Award - Funded, $30,000


Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation Nursing Research Grant - Funded, $26,300

Honors and Awards


Nominee Nurse of the Year, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), PA


Nursing Excellence Award for Pediatric Oncology Education, Association Of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (APON)


APON Leadership recognition award, APON


Nominee for California Nurseweek Excellence Award, CHLA


Safety Awareness Award, CHLA


University of Southern California (USC) Team Excellence Award RN Internship CHLA


Nominated for the Casey Hooke APON leadership Award, APON


President Elect, APON


Nominated CHLA Humanism Award, CHLA


Clinical Practice Recognition Awards, Children's Oncology Group (COG) Nursing Discipline


President, APHON


Nominated Nursing Excellence Award, Nursing Spectrum California


Runner up Nurse Best Leader Award, Advance for Nurses, Southern California Region


Recipient Kathy Ruccione Founder's Award for Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing, Southern California Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (SCAPHON), San Diego, CA


Recipient Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) Gretta Styles Doctoral Scholarship Award, ACNL, Palm Desert, CA


Recipient Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Robert Pierce Scofield Doctoral Academic Scholarship, ONS, Pittsburgh, PA


Recipient CHLA Daisy Award May 2008, CHLA


Recipient J&J Future of Southern California Faculty Nursing Education Scholarship


Nominated for California Nurseweek Excellence Award Leading and Advancing the Profession, CHLA


California Nurseweek Excellence Award Finalist, Leading and Advancing the Profession


Recipient 2010 APHON Casey Hooke Leadership Service Award, APHON


California Nurseweek Excellence Award Finalist, Leading and Advancing the Profession


Recipient 2012 APHON Writing Award, APHON


Inductee 2013 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, FAAN


Recognition Top RN in Los Angeles, Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, International Nurses Association


Peer Reviewed, Invited, Monographs

2015 Secola, R. Marachelian, A., Cohn, S. L., Toy, B., Neville, K., Granger, M. P., Brentlinger, A., Martin, G. The role of nursing professionals in the management of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma receiving dinutuximab therapy. JOPON, In Peer Review. 2015 Darezzo Rodrigues Nunes, M., Jacob, E. Adlard, K., Secola , R., Castanheira Nascimento, L. Fatigue and sleep experience at home in children and adolescents with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42 (5), 498-506. 2013 Secola, R. Targeted Therapy in Children and Adolescents with Cancer. APHON Counts, Fall, 2013. 2013 Altounji, D. Morgan, H., Grover, M., Dalduyman, S., Secola, R. Self Care: What it means to the pediatric hematology oncology nurse. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 30 (1), 18-23. 2012 Secola, R. Azen, C., Lewis, MA, Needleman, J., Pike, N., Sposto, R., Doering, L. A Crossover Randomized Prospective Pilot Study Evaluating a Central Venous Catheter Team in Reducing Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections In Pediatric Oncology Patients. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 29 (6), 307-315. 2012 Secola, R., Lewis, M.A., Pike, N., Needleman, J. Doering, L. (2012). “Targeting to Zero” in Pediatric Oncology: A Review of Central Venous Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 29 (1), 14-27. 2012 Secola, R., Lewis, M.A., Pike, N., Needleman, J., Doering, L. (2012). Feasibility of the Use of a Reliable and Valid Central Venous Catheter Blood Draw Checklist. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 27 (30), 218-225. 2010 Fichera, S., Hackett, H., & Secola, R. Perinatal germ cell tumors: A case report of  a cervical teratoma. Advances in Neonatal Care. 2010 June; 10(3): 133-9. 2010 Kanathezhath, B., Shah, A. J., Secola, R., Hudes, M., Feusner, J. H. The utility of routine surveillance blood cultures in asymptomatic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients. Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology.2010 May; 32(4): 327-31. 2009 Angiolilo, A., Ingle, A. A., Yu, A., Secola, R., Reaman, G. H., Adamson, A. A  Phase II study of campath-1H in children with ALL in second or refractory relapse. Pediatric Blood and Cancer,2009 Dec; 53(6):978-83. 2007 Secola, R. (2007). Overview of ITP Diagnosis and Current Treatment Modalities, Online Continuing Education Study Program, Baxter Healthcare and Blitz Associates. 2006 Secola, R. (2006). Tumor Lysis Syndrome: Nursing Management and New Treatment Options. John Hopkins Advanced Studies in Nursing, 4(3), 41-48. 2005-2007 President’s Pens, Issue themes, APHON Counts Newsletters. 2004 Cairo, M.S., Davenport, V., Bessmertny, O., Goldman, S., Berg, S., Kreissman, S.G., Laver, J., Shen, V., Secola, R., van de ven, C., Reaman, G.H. (2004). A Phase I/II trial of  recombinant human Interleukin-11 (Neumega) following Ifosfamide, Carboplatin, Etoposide (ICE) in children and adolescents with solid tumors or lymphoma: a clinical,  haematological and biological study. British Journal of Haematology, 128(1), 49-58. 2001 Secola, R. (2001). Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A glimpse of the past and a  view of the future. JOPON, 18(4), 171-177. 2001  Bracho, F., Krailo, M., Shen, V., Bergeron, S., Davenport, V., Mares, W.L., Blazar, B. R., Mortari, A. P., van de Ven , C., Secola, R., Ames, M. M., Reid, J. M., Reaman, G., Cairo,  M.(2001). A Phase I Clinical, Pharmacological and Biological Trial of Interleukin-6 Plus Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor after Ifosfamide, Carboplatin, and Etoposide in Children with Recurrent/Refractory Solid Tumors: Enhanced Hematological Responses but a High Incidence of Grade III/IV Constitutional Toxicities. Clinical Cancer Research, 7, 58-67.   2000 Secola, R., Derrickson, J., Reid, D. (2000). Establishing RN competency for the administration of sedation and analgesia to pediatric oncology patients. JOPON, 17, 124-126. 1999 Ethyol Amifostine, Secola, R., JAPON Summer Issue. 1999 Ethoyl Amifostine, Secola, R., CCG Nursing Newsletter. 1998 Abstract-Videotaped Instruction for Primary Caretakers of Pediatric Oncology Patients JAPON Winter, 1998 (Secola,R.,  Adlard, K.). 1998 Cairo, M. S., Krailo, Weinthal, J. A., Secola, R., Bergeron, S., van de Ven, C., Blazar, B.R., Garrison, L., Reaman, G. H.  (1998). A Phase I study of granulocyte-macrophage- colony stimulating factor/interleukin-3 fusion protein (PIXY321) following ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide therapy for children with recurrent or refractory solid tumors A  report of the Children's Cancer Group. Cancer 83 (7), 1449 -1460. 1997 Secola, R. (1997). Pediatric Blood Cell Transplantation. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 13(3), 184-193. 1996 Rosenthal, J., Sender, L., Secola, R., Killen, R., Millerick, M. Murphy, L., Cairo, M. S. (1996). A Phase II trial of heparin prophylaxis for veno-occlusive disease (VOD) of the liver in children undergoing bone marrow transplantation, Bone Marrow Transplantation, 18(1), 185-191. 1996 Abstract - The Safety and Efficacy of Repetitive Peripheral Stem Cell Support in Children Receiving Sub-myeloablative Chemotherapy, Shen, V. et. al., American Association for Cancer Research, 1994. 1994 Abstract "The Use of Colony Stimulating Factors In Children", Secola. R., JAPON, May 1994. 1993 Secola, R. (1993). PIXY 321(GM-CSF/IL-3 Fusion Protein). JOPON, 10(3), 117-118.


2012 Secola, R., Harrison, L., and Altounji, D. Nursing Considerations for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Hematological Malignancies, In: Hematological Malignancies in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults, Cairo, M.S. and Perkins, S. L. (eds). World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. 2003 Natalie's Neumega and Nathan's Neumega Educational Booklets, Wyeth-Ayerst/Genetics Institute Sponsored, Secola , R., Cairo, M., Davenport, V., PCRF Distributors, Irvine, CA. 1998/2008/2013 Textbook Chapter, Health Challenge: Pediatric Malignancies, Adlard, K., Secola, R., Altounji, D. Bergeron, S. Children and Their Families, the Continuum of Care, 1st /2nd editions, WB Saunders, 1998. 1994/1996/1998 New Agents/Biological Response Modifiers Handbook, CCG New Agents and CCG Nursing Committee. 1993 Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Books on G-CSF Administration, Loranger, N., Secola, R., Leffin, D., AMGEN Inc/CHOC 1993 Biotherapy: The Fourth Modality of Cancer Treatment Handbook, APHON.