Dr Antonio Bonacaro

Senior Lecturer - Adult Acute Care

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Antonio is a nurse specialised in critical care. His PhD focused on the benefits of different types of simulation in teaching basic life support procedures to undergraduate nursing students.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin University, Antonio worked for three years at Fatima College of Health Sciences, in the United Arab Emirates, as Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing. At the same time, he held a position as Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University, in Australia. 

From 2000, Antonio worked as contracted lecturer at University of Sacred Heart in Italy and the University of Florence, teaching several modules to undergraduate nursing students. He collaborated as visiting professor with various Spanish universities in the Erasmus framework.

In 2010, Antonio completed his PhD in Nursing. He's currently conducting a literature review to assess the effectiveness of the latest wearable technologies in preventing hospital readmission in chronic patients.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • French (basic level)

Research interests

  • Clinical simulation in nursing education
  • Holistic nursing
  • Pain management
  • Advanced technology, safety and quality of life
  • Critical care nursing

Areas of research supervision

Antonio would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Clinical simulation in nursing education
  • Holistic nursing
  • Pain management
  • Advanced technology to improve safety and quality of life
  • Critical care nursing


  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care
  • Maintaining Professional Healthcare Standards


  • Educational Practice for Professional Learning for NMC Registrants, Anglia Ruskin University, UK - 2018
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University, UK - 2017
  • Master in Forensic Nursing, Unitelma – La Sapienza University, Italy - 2012
  • Master in Management and quality assurance, Unitelma – La Sapienza University, Italy - 2011
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, University of L’Aquila, Italy
  • Master of Science in Nursing, University of L’Aquila, Italy - 2005
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Health Management, University of L’Aquila - 2003
  • University Diploma for Directors and Lecturers in Nursing, University of L’Aquila - 1999
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, School of Nursing A.S.L. Ba/1, Canosa di Puglia, Italy - 1996

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Nursing

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Learning & Teaching Award, 2018, GBP 1887.50, Anglia Learning and Teaching at Anglia Ruskin University
  • Travel & Networking Bursaries, 2017, GBP 730.00, Research Funding Observatory at Anglia Ruskin University
  •  Seed Corn Funding, 2017, £4,000 from Anglia Ruskin University
  • The Australian Travel Award for L'Aquila Researchers. ARIA, Group of Eight, Australian Academy of Science. 2010, AUS$5,000

Selected recent publications

Bonacaro, A. and Sookhoo, D., 2018. Chronic Conditions and Wearable Devices: Does the Use of Modern Technologies Improve the Quality of Life in Chronic Patients? Professioni Infermieristiche, Special Issue Vol. 70.

Bonacaro, A. and Sookhoo, D., 2017. The effectiveness and usability of wearable devices in the prevention of hospital readmission in patients with chronic conditions: a comprehensive literature review, [online] Available at: https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.29192.83200/1 [Accessed 5 Apr 2017].

Bonacaro, A. and Morgan, L., 2016. Simulated mindfulness meditation: a major breakthrough in the management of chronic pain. Pain Nursing Magazine. [online] Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.19190/PNM2016.1ra38 [Accessed 5 Apr 2017].

Rubbi, I., Cremonini, V., Allegri, N., Ferri, P. and Bonacaro, A., 2016. Pain Assessment in Cognitively Impaired Elderly Patients Through the Use of the PAINAD Scale. A Prospective Observational Study in Two Nursing Homes. [online] Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.19190/PNM2016.1ao22 [Accessed 5 Apr 2017].

Bonacaro, A., 2015. Medical Errors: A Serious Issue in the Middle Eastern Countries Can Simulation be an effective solution?. Arab Health Magazine. [online] Available at: http:// http://www.arabhealthmagazine.com/press-releases/2015/issue-4/medical-errors-a-serious-issue-in-the-middle-eastern-countries-can-simulation-be-an-effective-solution/ [Accessed 5 Apr 2017].

Zaccaro, A. and Bonacaro, A., 2015. Regional Cardiac Network: the Experience at the Emergency Medical Service 118 in the Basilicata Region in Italy. International Journal of Research – Granthaalayah, 3(5), pp95-110.

Bonacaro, A., Williams, G. and Brownie, S., 2014. Teaching Basic Life Support to the Digital Generation: A Randomized Trial Comparing Video-Assisted versus Practical Simulation. Connect: The World of Critical Care Nursing, 9(3), pp100-104.

Books and Chapters

Fernandes, T. and Bonacaro, A., 2014. Gestational diabetes mellitus and client's quality of life. Saarbrücken: Scholars' Press.

Bonacaro, A., 2013. Simulation. Saarbrücken: Scholar's Press.

Bonacaro, A., 2013. The planning process applied to hospital companies. Saarbrücken: Scholar's Press.

Recent presentations and conferences

Bonacaro, A., Sookhoo, D. (2017). Chronic Conditions and Wearable Devices: Does the Use of Modern Technologies Improve Quality of Life in Chronic Patients? CNAI 2017 Conference. 19-21 October 2017 Ravenna, Italy

Bonacaro, A., Samuel, A. and Brownie, S., 2015. Patient Safety and Quality of Care: Can Simulation Meet the Needs of the Healthcare System As Well As Those of Academic World?. In: Dubai Helath Care City, 2nd UAE Clinical Simulation Conference. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25-26 February 2015.

Bonacaro, A., 2014. One Set Of Vital Signs Isn’t Enough!. In: ESEM, ESEM 2014 Scientific Conference. Dubai, 5-9 December 2014.

Bonacaro, A. and Brownie, S., 2014. Sudden Cardiac Death and Nursing Education: The Students’ Perception of the Role of Simulation. In: HPSN, HPSN Europe 2014. Istanbul, Turkey, 16-18 October 2014.