Assistant Professor

Department Online Programs: Nursing

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Dr. Papesca is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Online DNP program. His research interests include pharmacological simulation, nursing education, neuraxial anesthesia, and opioid free pain management.

    In addition to his life in academia, Dr. Papesca is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA) and serves as the Chief of Anesthesia at Reeves Regional Medical Center. 


    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Regis College

    Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA), Texas Christian University

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN), The Catholic University of America

    Courses Taught

    • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
    • Advanced Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    • Advanced Pathophysiology
    • DNP Scholarly Project I, II, III
    • The Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice

    Awards Honors

    1997-1998 Critical Care & Trauma Nurse Fellow, Parkland Health & Hospital System

    The circle of life-A senior summative simulation. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 42(1): 12-14.

    Why out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 care may skyrocket in 2021. Healthline. covid-19-care-may-skyrocket-in-2021

    Lindsay, Julie & Pautler, Mary & Papesca, James. (2023). The Circle of Life: A Senior Nursing Student Summative Capstone Simulation. Dimensions of critical care nursing : DCCN. 42. 12-14. 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000558. 

    Book Review

    Scholarly Publication for the DNP: An Evidence-Based Approach to Achieving Publication (First Edition), Cognella 

    Rapid Recovery in Total Knee Arthroplasty, (April 2019 Peterson Regional Medial Center & Hill Country Orthopedic Associates; Kerrville, TX)

    Poster: The Mega Code-Encompassing the Curriculum Across the Lifespan [Poster] (June 2019 Sigma's 30th International Nursing Research Congress; Calgary, Alberta, CA)

    Poster: Effects of Neuraxial Anesthesia on the Readiness for Ambulation Following Total Knee Arthroplasty [Poster] (August 2020 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Congress; San Diego, CA)

    From student to faculty chat: Online MSN to DNP in nurse education. [Video]. (February 2020 Regis College; faculty-video/)

    It’s Getting Hot in Here: Management of Malignant Hyperthermia in the Operating Room (September 2023 Reeves Regional Medical Center; Pecos, TX)