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Honors for ThreeNotable NursesTwo distinguished alumnae will receivethe College of Nursing Medallion, theCollege’s highest award, while anotherreceives a newly established honor at the23rd Annual Mass and Alumni Awards Ceremony.It will take place on April 14 inthe St. Thomas of Villanova Church.• Medallion for DistinguishedContributions to Clinical Practice:Susan Fretz Paparella ’86 B.S.N.,’02 M.S.N., R.N., vice president,Institute of Safe Medication Practices,Horsham, Pa., and adjunctassistant professor at Temple UniversitySchool of Pharmacy, PhiladelphiayyMedallion for Distinguished Contributions toNursing Education: Susan Warner Salmond ’73B.S.N., Ed.D., R.N., CNE, CTN, dean, School ofNursing, University of Medicine and Dentistryof New Jersey, Newark, N.J.yyEmerging Scholar Award: Bridgette CarterBrawner ’03 B.S.N., Ph.D., APRN, DistinguishedPostdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health EquityResearch, University of Pennsylvania School ofNursing, PhiladelphiaFor more about the event, visitwww.villanova.edu/nursing.Mark your calendar!April 14: 23rd Annual Mass andAlumni Awards CeremonyApril 26: Undergraduate ScholarsDayMay 19: College of NursingConvocation/Baccalaureate MassMay 20: CommencementJune 9: Continuing Education:NLN preparation course forCertification as a NurseEducator (CNE) ExamJune 7-10: Alumni ReunionWeekendFriday:y y “Epidemics, Pandemics andthe Common Cold”Kimberly Connolly, M.P.H.,B.S.N., R.N., director, Centerfor Global and Public Healthand clinical assistant professorof Nursingy y “Sizzling Summer Appetizers,”a healthful cookingdemonstrationDenice Ferko-Adams, M.P.H.,R.D., LDN, director of theMacDonald Center for ObesityPrevention and EducationSaturday:yyChat with the DeanyyClinical Simulation Demonstration,Driscoll HallOctober 25-28: ContinuingEducation: “Nurse Educators:On a Journey of Excellence,”the 39th Annual NationalConference on ProfessionalNursing Education andDevelopment, in cooperationwith the Professional NurseEducators Group (PNEG),PhiladelphiaNovember 13: 34th AnnualDistinguished Lecture inNursingMichael R. Bleich, Ph.D.,R.N., FAAN, the Dr. CarolA. Lindeman DistinguishedProfessor, School of Nursing,Oregon Health & ScienceUniversity, Portland campusFor the full Continuing Educationlisting, visit www.villanova.edu/nursing/ce.VILLANOVANURSINGVol. 31 No. 1 Spring 2012FEATURESAdult Learners: Bringing Unique Backgrounds to Nursing 2Don’t Just Say “Lose Weight” 8Military Alumni Share TheirWisdom with StudentsDEPARTMENTSInside Back CoverPerspectives 1College Highlights 10Faculty Focus 16Supporting the Next Generation 25Alumni Focus 27Published by the Villanova University College of Nursing,Driscoll Hall, Villanova, PA 19085-1690.Graduate assistant: Kimberly Seningen ’08 B.S.N., R.N.Contributing editor: Donna ShoemakerDesign: The Barnett GroupOn the cover: Photograph of John Barrow, a junior, and thephotos of the three students on pages 2-3 by Paola NoguerasCollege of Nursing Board of ConsultorsChairperson: Richard J. Kreider ’83 B.A. (Acc.)Rear Adm. (Ret.) Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler ’74 B.S.N.Donna DiPalma Cassidy ’79 B.S.N.Pamela CembrookHelen R. Connors ’64 B.S.N., Ph.D.Rear Adm. (Ret.) James W. Eastwood ’68 B.C.E.Stephen P. FeraDaniel FinneganMargaret “Meg” R. Garrett, Esq., ’72 B.S.N.Sandra Myers Gomberg ’85 B.S.N., ’90 M.S.N.Joanne F. Gurney ’71 B.S.N., ’88 M.S.N.Christina Larson Kelly ’74 B.S.N.Claire Baldwin Lindley ’86 M.S.N.J. Patrick LuptonWilliam McCuneBrian McDonough, M.D.Stanton “Stan” B. Miller, M.D.Thomas F. Monahan, Ph.D.Capt. Maryalice Morro ’83 B.S.N.J. Brien Murphy, M.D.Mary D. Naylor ’71 B.S.N., Ph.D.John J. Quindlen ’54 B.A. (Acc.)Ann Scheve ’80 B.S.N.Lynne A. ThelanThomas Treacy ’69 B.S., ’71 M.A. (Edu.), Ed.D.Emeritus Member: H. E. Dr. Ali Mohammed al-MoosaEditorial BoardAnn Barrow McKenzie ’86 B.S.N., ’91 M.S.N., R.N., EditorElizabeth Blunt, Ph.D., R.N., APN, BCMarcia Costello, Ph.D., R.D., LDNElizabeth Dowdell, Ph.D., R.N.Diane Ellis ’84 B.S.N., ’92 M.S.N., R.N., CCRNM. Louise Fitzpatrick, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN, Ex officioTamara Kear ’09 Ph.D., R.N., CNNKelly Nestor ’96 B.S.N., ’08 M.S.N., APN-BCLesley A. Perry, Ph.D., R.N., Ex officioCarol Toussie Weingarten, Ph.D., R.N., ANEF


PERSPECTIVESDear Alumni and Friends of the College of Nursing:Change, diversity and innovation are the “buzzwords” of the day. Although they communicatethe climate that pervades most spheres of Americanlife, it is important to look behind the wordsto determine what they mean for the systems inwhich we operate. For the College of Nursing, those primarysystems are health care and higher education. Health care isincreasingly complex and is changing in its modes of deliveryand in response to the need to accommodate a larger numberof aged individuals. The landscape of higher education is alsochanging. The demographics of the current student populationreflect an increase in adults. Health care and higher educationrequire greater interdisciplinary and interprofessional learningopportunities and collaboration. The impact of the economyand technology figures significantly in the preparation ofhealth-care professionals who are to address the need for healthmaintenance, restoration and health promotion of diverseindividuals and communities. Among the most challengingissues are patient safety, accessibility and affordability of healthcare and education. Other challenges include the transition oftraditional models of health-care delivery to more communityand client-based settings, and the evolving role of professionalnurses as primary health-care providers.It would be easy for our College of Nursing to continue to dowhat historically it has done well in the preparation of undergraduateand graduate nurses. However, we face imperatives thatrequire movement in new ways, while maintaining the excellenceof our traditional programs. A major study conducted bythe Institute of Medicine in cooperation with the Robert WoodJohnson Foundation sets forth goals and recommendations thatprovide direction for nursing’s future. For the College of Nursing,this translates into curriculum development and changesthat prepare nurses for greater leadership and collaboration oninterprofessional teams and for participating in designing andimplementing new models of delivering health care in community-basedsettings to an ever-growing diverse and older, chronicallyill adult population. It also demands our ability to meetthe educational needs of growing numbers of adult students,some of whom are nurses pursuing advanced education andothers who are choosing nursing as a second career preparationafter graduation from college with majors in fields as diverse asmusic, biology, history, psychology and political science. Ouradult students bring greater gender diversity to what has beena primarily female student population, as well as greater ethnicand racial diversity. Application of principles of adult learningand development of strategies to catalyze the rich experientialbase that these students bring to the educational experience asthey move through an accelerated major in nursing are amongthe many challenges that our talented faculty must address.In addition to refreshing our traditional undergraduate andmaster’s programs, we continue to refine our Ph.D. Program sothat its graduates can meet the future demands of teaching andresearch in institutions of higher education. Primary amongour efforts is the launching of our new Doctor of NursingPractice Program, designed for master’s-prepared advancedpractice nurses: nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinicalspecialists and midwives who have a primary commitment toclinical practice. Through the D.N.P. Program, these nurses willbe equipped to participate in the development of new systemsof delivering care, will be facile with health policy and financing,will provide leadership as primary care providers and mayparticipate in the clinical education of students. The D.N.P.Program, which will open in June, is another new initiative thatreflects our response to the need for change, innovation andpreparation of nurses for the future.In an atmosphere of change, we are mindful that not allchange is progress. We need to maintain our perspective and beclear about what warrants changing. In all we do to educate nursesfor the future, our fundamental and guiding principles mustremain the qualitative and affective dimensions of patient care.Our philosophy of faith-based care, ethical practice with emphasison the dignity and value of each person, family and community,will be reaffirmed. The mission of nurses to humanize a complexand often impersonal health-care environment for their patientsremains central to our educational efforts. In the College ofNursing, relevant change abounds, and is demonstrated in ourmovement forward. Commitment to our core Augustinian valuesremains the touchstone for all we do as we embrace positivechange and advance the College and its programs.As always, your interest in the College of Nursing and yoursupport of the College and its students are greatly appreciated.Our ability to maintain the stellar reputation that our alumnihave created through their career performance as Villanovanurses fuels our efforts. We thank you.M. Louise Fitzpatrick, Ed.D., R.N., FAANConnelly Endowed Dean and ProfessorVillanova Nursing | Spring 2012 1


ADULTLEARNERSBringing UniqueBackgrounds to Nursing2 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


(Clockwise) In their former lives, Chuck Rowland’07 B.S.N., ’10 M.S.N., CRNP was a perfusionist;Michael Barry ’07 A&S volunteered with theAugustinians in South Africa; Shannon O’Connorassisted at a therapeutic riding center; andErica Hill handled security assignments in the U.S.Army. John Barrow (on the cover), a Navy seaman,is now charting a new course in nursing.Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 3


Highly motivated adults with college degrees in other fields are coming to the Collegeto earn a second degree in nursing. In taking a calculated risk, they are becoming avaluable resource for the profession.Educators appreciate a motivated learner, and motivationdefines adult learners. Ever since its founding in 1953, theCollege of Nursing has welcomed adults into its undergraduateprogram. Each one brings a wealth of life experienceand a determination to make a successful career shift. Whilethese older students are benefiting from their studies, they in turninfuse the teaching-learning environment with their life experiences.“They are experiential learners,” sums up Lynore DeSilets,Ed.D., RN-BC, assistant professor of Nursing, assistant dean anddirector of the Continuing Education in Health Care Program.She has been teaching and designing courses for adults for morethan 30 years. These students “make connections between pastexperiences and their nursing education,” Dr. DeSilets observes.Many of the College’s adult learners are in the acceleratedsecond-degree program to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing(B.S.N.) degree. This B.S.N. program is designed for adults whohave previously earned an undergraduate degree in another field.They often have intriguing former lives: an actor in an Ecuadoriansoap opera, a mountain climber, a doctorally-prepared physiologist,entrepreneurs, international volunteers, attorneys and biologists.They hold degrees in a variety of majors, such as business management,economics, French, biochemistry and Chinese history. Theyare graduates of an array of colleges and universities, includingVillanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Columbia,Cornell, New York University, Purdue and the University of California,San Diego. On these pages, we feature four adults from theaccelerated program and one who is earning a traditional B.S.N.Their widely varying backgrounds and previous careers demanddifferent kinds of teaching strategies. The life experience of theseadult learners becomes a valuable resource to enhance learning—for themselves, for faculty and for other students.Adults pursuing education for a new career are especiallymotivated because they have made a deliberate choice, years aftertheir first college commencement. In the midst of the rest of theirlives—marriage, children, demanding commitments—they are takingcalculated risks that involve personal and financial investment.Maryanne Lieb ’84 M.S.N., R.N., clinical assistant professor ofNursing and coordinator of Second Degree Options, truly enjoysworking with adult learners, which she began to do in 1986 beforearriving at Villanova as a faculty member. Among these students whohave carefully chosen to shift into a new field she consistently sees “apassion for nursing and a commendable work ethic.”Lieb admires the experience adult students bring, and alongwith it, a mature outlook on higher education. “It changes myrole,” she explains. “I become a facilitator, a collaborator, andlearn much from them.” Adult students have high expectations ofthemselves and the faculty, even though they may need to buildconfidence as they learn in a new field. Some have been out ofschool for quite a while. They are attempting to balance theireducation with life obligations and need to manage time properly.Committing to beginning a career in a new discipline is a challengeand speaks to their willingness to take risks.The College’s faculty members encourage these students tointegrate their past experience into the education environment.This begins from day one, when these new students meet currentstudent mentors with a similar background. On the first day ofthe semester, the accelerated degree students introduce themselvesto the class and tell their stories, including the reason they chosenursing. In a presentation early on, they showcase their past experiencesand relate them to the profession.The College’s adult students have a broader context in which theycan incorporate new ideas and build new connections to shape adeeper understanding. They are exemplary learners who evaluate thevalidity of new ideas. Faculty must be sensitive to the principles of adultlearning when teaching this group of students. The accelerated studentsprefer interactive techniques, such as case studies and discussion.As students and new professionals, adult learners weave theirdistinct perspectives—gleaned from their diverse experiences—intotheir classroom and clinical courses. With adult learners beingadded to the nursing workforce, Lieb says she is secure about thefuture of the profession: “They are intelligent and mature and canmake important contributions to nursing.”CHUCK ROWLANDFrom Advanced Technologyto Advanced PracticeFor 24 years, Chuck Rowland, CCP operated a heart-lung machineduring cardiac surgeries. As a certified clinical perfusionist, hesustained more than 2,000 lives. He worked in operating rooms inmany places—Arkansas, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Florida and NewJersey. But he wanted to become a nurse to have a more direct rolein patient care. In mid-career, he decided to make that change.In 2006, having already earned a bachelor’s degree in zoologyat the University of Arkansas and an associate’s degree in extracorporealtechnology at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Rowlandtook the first step to launch his new career. At the age of 49, heenrolled in the College of Nursing’s accelerated second degree programto earn his B.S.N. That led to his becoming Chuck Rowland’07 B.S.N., ’10 M.S.N., CRNP.“As an adult, I was extremely motivated to excel in a second careereducational experience,” Rowland recalls. “As an ‘older’ adult student,I was even more motivated.” Ultimately he continued on at the Collegeto earn his master’s degree, preparing as an advanced practicenurse. He is now an adult nurse practitioner in outpatient cardiothoracicsurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Physicians in Philadelphia.4 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Rowland sees the value of adult learners for the future. “Theopportunities afforded by an adult learning experience in nursingare boundless,” he notes. “The educational experience, with yearsor even decades of life knowledge, allows one to focus on makingthe most of each interaction with professors, fellow students, clinicalmentors and patients.”Constantly seeking opportunities to contribute, Rowland iscircling back to promoting health in the cardiac care arena. Herecently completed a certificate course in smoking cessation andhopes in the near future to counsel clinic patients. In earning hisM.S.N. at the College, he recalls that “As a graduate assistant, Ihad the pleasure of working with second degree students. I was soinspired by their accomplishments prior to coming to Villanova.”He continues to be impressed with the quality of the College’sadult students. “Each graduating class,” he notes, “is a uniquecontribution to the nursing profession.”MICHAEL BARRYCommitted to Care GloballyHailing from Davidson, N.C., Michael Barry ’07 A&S is used tobeing far from home. After graduating from Villanova University,he devoted the year 2008 to being an Augustinian volunteerin Durban, South Africa. Barry taught at a primary school andworked at a boys’ home and with an HIV/AIDS respite unit,where he was inspired by the compassion and unconditional loveof the unit’s caregivers. His support role there brought him a senseof fulfillment.Barry credits volunteering, plus internships and a variety ofjob experiences, for giving him the clarity and the strong sense ofpurpose he needed to choose nursing as his new career path. ReinforcingBarry’s decision to become a nurse was his desire for a challengingand multi-faceted career, one that is constantly evolvingand enables him directly to improve the lives of others. He notes“I’m using my experiences from abroad to shape my education andpath in nursing. When you have such diversity in backgroundsand insight, from international volunteers to business professionals,everyone benefits.”Having earned his bachelor’s degree in geography with anenvironmental studies concentration at Villanova, Barry knew thatwhen he came back at age 26 he could expect the same, high-qualityeducation he experienced the first time around. He enrolled inMay 2011 as a second-degree student in the College of Nursing’saccelerated B.S.N. program. Part of the attraction in returning, henotes, was the University’s mission and community involvement,which he felt was well reflected in the faculty and the endlessopportunities for Nursing students.Although there is always room for growth, Barry believes thatwisdom and maturity are two of the greatest qualities of adultlearners. Certain of his decision, he emphasizes that it was notmade on a whim—it was a culmination of years of self-discovery,thought and determination to make a difference. Volunteeringabroad has enabled him to understand and embrace cross-culturaldifferences. His career goals are in line with his past experiences:He plans to use his new nursing skills around the world in variouscapacities, whether in short-term medical relief or long-term publichealth education.Experienced in the technology of cardiac surgeries, Chuck Rowlandwanted to become involved in direct patient care. At theage of 49, he came to the College of Nursing to earn his B.S.N.(2007), stayed on for his M.S.N. (2010) and is now an adult nursepractitioner.Volunteering in South Africa for a year was one of the experiencesthat inspired Michael Barry ’07 A&S to enter nursing. As astudent in the College’s accelerated B.S.N. program, he seeks togain knowledge and skills to use around the world in providingmedical relief or public health education.Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 5


ERICA HILLMilitary Discipline, Humanitarian GoalsErica Hill’s eyes have seen a lot in short time. The St. Louis native,now 29 years old, was inspired to change careers after watchingnurses care for her mother over many years and multiple hospitalizationsdue to lupus. However, nursing was by no means a directroute. Hill came to it after being a West Point cadet and an Armyofficer immersed in a world of vehicles, systems engineering andsecuring supply chains in a combat zone.As a cadet at the highly selective United States MilitaryAcademy in West Point, N.Y., Hill was on the track team, throwinghammer and weight, while earning her bachelor’s degree inpolitical science with a field of study of systems engineering. Atgraduation in 2006, she was commissioned into the U.S. Army asan ordnance officer, in charge of maintenance soldiers who repairwheeled and track vehicles, aircraft, radios and generators. She hasseen duty in California, Korea and Afghanistan.At her last duty station, in Kabul, Hill served as a security assistanceofficer, coordinating the delivery of supplies into Afghanistan,as well as training Afghan officers on the supply system. Afterbeing involved in the critical moves of medical supplies, weapons,and vehicles needed to sustain the Afghan National Army, aswell as the country, she wanted to do more to help people. Sheresearched nursing programs and chose the College of Nursing’saccelerated B.S.N. program, since it offered faculty invested instudent success, just as she had experienced at West Point.Transitioning out of the Army and gearing up for an intensenursing program was challenging, but as a seasoned, disciplinedstudent she was able to focus and multitask. Hill feels she bringsto nursing “an eagerness to learn. I am a hard worker as well asa team player.” She wants to become a nurse practitioner, aidingdeveloping countries.“As a former Army officer,” Hill says, “I bring a different perspectiveto life, especially after deploying to a combat zone.” Sheis aware of the differences in responsibilities in the Army and innursing, and finds her new profession fulfilling. Now she providesher family with enjoyable updates. “I love nursing. I call homeweekly, and tell my family about what I have learned.”SHANNON O’CONNORA Firm Hold on the Reins of Her FutureThe intensity of volunteering at a Tennessee therapeutic ridingcenter changed Shannon O’Connor’s life goals. For three years,she helped children with cognitive and physical disabilities learn toride horses. She volunteered there while earning her Bachelor ofAnimal Science degree with a concentration in horse science fromMiddle Tennessee State University.“I was able to see some of the most amazing things,” recallsO’Connor. A little girl with cerebral palsy who could not walklater progressed to using a walker. A little boy with autism, previouslynon-verbal, started talking to his horse and subsequently hisinstructor and family.Right after college, she enrolled in the College of Nursing’saccelerated B.S.N. program. As an adult student, now 23 years old,O’Connor finds herself more dedicated to her coursework load.“I feel I bring an interesting background to my own learning, comparingthe things I learned as an undergrad and the things I amlearning now,” she says. “I've learned to ask many more questionsthan I ever did and I have a stronger drive to learn. I'm learningthings that I want to learn, which is different from learning thingsthat you just ‘need’ to learn.”O’Connor wants to integrate her new professional knowledgeinto her career goal of combining nursing with equine-assistedtherapy. With that in mind, she is also becoming certified as aninstructor in therapeutic riding. She is not the first Villanovanurse in her family: Her brother, Austin O’Connor ’04 B.S.N., isnow a pediatric nurse.JOHN BARROWSeaman Surfaces into NursingIn a depot for wheeled vehicles in Kabul, Afghanistan, as anArmy captain Erica Hill ensured that the right vehicles arrived tobe distributed to the Afghan National Army. Now enrolled in theCollege’s accelerated B.S.N. program, she aspires to aid developingcountries.Over the past five years in the Navy, John Barrow logged close tohalf a million miles underwater on classified missions while servingaboard the USS Louisiana, a nuclear powered ballistic missilesubmarine. He held safety and security positions such as chief ofthe watch (third in command monitoring the ship), taught firefightingat the largest U.S. Navy enlisted school and was a rescueswimmer. But after traveling the country and the deep seas withthe Navy, the Chicago native decided it was time to change course.What a dramatic change it was. Barrow, now 30 years old, hadearned a technical degree in applied marine science at CoastlineCommunity College in California and an associate’s degree inapplied marine science/ship building in Bremerton, Wash. He6 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


The love of horses that guided Shannon O’Connor’s undergraduateeducation and volunteering now leads her into blendingnursing with equine-assisted therapy. She is a student in theaccelerated B.S.N. program.had nearly completed a mechanical engineering technology degreewith an emphasis in nuclear science. He had joined his sub’s emergencymedical assistance team. Education and duty are importantto him, but he wanted more than the EMT schooling the Navyoffered, though he did want to remain in the Navy. So he began toexplore other options.With a cousin in the Navy Nurse Corps and another who is acivilian nurse, Barrow was familiar with the appeal of the profession.He knew that in nursing, he could attain work-life balance,which was important since he and his wife, Adrienne, were startingtheir family (their son, Jack, will soon be 2 years old). He alsoknew nursing would allow him to continue to use his leadershipskills while fulfilling his desire for an involved role in health care.“Commitment, knowledge and patient interaction encompassednursing for me,” he explains.Barrow was selected for the Navy’s competitive “Seaman toAdmiral-21” commissioning program to prepare officers for the21st century. As an officer candidate, he would have three years tocomplete his degree, and he knew just where: Villanova University.With his many credits, he needed just one course before becoming asophomore in the College of Nursing’s traditional B.S.N. program.His confidence, plus the leadership skills he gained in the Navy,have helped Barrow as an adult learner. “Most undergraduates arestill finding themselves and their voice,” he says, “The Navy gave methe opportunity to find that, and now the opportunity to use it.”A junior at the College, Barrow has been making quite animpact. Recognizing that he and Kent Brinks were the only malesin their class, the two are collaborating with doctoral studentMichael Conti, M.S.N., CRNA to create a Men in Nursing groupto foster increasing the number of males in the profession (Contiis coordinating with area colleges to form a Philadelphia consortiumwith that same goal).Maintaining a work-life balance influenced John Barrow’s decisionto become a nurse. He and his wife, Adrienne, have a son,Jack. Barrow, now a junior in the traditional B.S.N. Program, hasset his sights on becoming an acute care nurse practitioner andincreasing the number of males in the profession.Additionally Barrow works part-time in the College’s clinicallabs, is a College ambassador for prospective students and is anursing assistant on campus at the St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery.“I would like to return to school to become an acute carenurse practitioner,” he observes about his future. He plans to servehonorably for 30 years in the Navy and then wants to “be a partof health care in the civilian sector and teach my reliefs [futurenurses].” With his drive and dedication to helping others, this willsurely be an attainable goal. •Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 7


DON’T JUST SAY “LOSE WEIGHT”To motivate patients, you need to begin the conversation.“People assume that they will needto lose 20-30 pounds before they seea health improvement. In actuality,losing 10 pounds may decrease bloodpressure and lower medication needs.”—Denice Ferko-Adams,M.P.H., R.D., LDNAn overweight patient delays a visit to his primary careprovider because he doesn’t want to listen to anotherperson telling him “You need to lose weight” withoutoffering any tangible how to’s and referrals. A health-care providermentions to a young mother that her son’s BMI indicates he needsto “just lose weight.” In both situations, the vague message “loseweight” has very little impact because it is poorly communicated.Patient-centeredness is a key characteristic of quality care, as theInstitute of Medicine emphasized in its 2001 report “Crossing theQuality Chasm.” Respecting a patient’s values and needs is integralto patient-centeredness, as is clearly communicating.When health-care providers invest time in communicating tooverweight and obese patients the issues related to obesity, that hasa positive influence, studies have shown. It changes their perceptionsof the impact that excess weight may have on their health.Denice Ferko-Adams, M.P.H., R.D., LDN, director of the Collegeof Nursing’s MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention andEducation (COPE), gets specific about the results of such research.She notes, “Overweight and obese patients who were told theywere overweight by health-care providers were almost nine timesmore likely to perceive that weight was damaging to their health8 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


compared to those not told.” Those patients were more likely totake action and aim for a healthy weight.“People assume that they will need to lose 20-30 pounds beforethey see a health improvement,” Ferko-Adams points out. “Inactuality, losing 10 pounds may decrease blood pressure and lowermedication needs.” COPE’s director is known for her expertise andleadership in the 75,000-member American Dietetic Association(now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).The numbers are staggering of those who need to heed thatmessage. Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight orobese, and 17 percent of adolescents and children age 5 and olderare overweight. Obese individuals have a significantly increasedrisk of death from all causes compared with those who maintaina healthy weight. There is also a rise in associated medical co-morbidities,such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Ferko-Adamsnotes, “With only one-third of Americans being within a normalweight range, it is also possible that the health professional may beoverweight or obese and unsure of how to address obesity with hisor her patient.” This creates another layer of sensitivity in patientprovidercommunication.Once the conversation starts, it should be comprehensive andreflect the patient’s individual needs. Obesity is a complex issue andrequires an integrated, multi-disciplinary team approach. “We alsoknow that there are hereditary and environmental issues,” explainsFerko-Adams. To encourage social support networks for a patient,“The health-care provider should consider including other familymembers in initiating dietary and physical activity changes. In addition,providers should promote community activism among clients bychallenging public policies that create environmental barriers, such aslack of safe recreation areas and serving unhealthy foods in schools.”Ferko-Adams can evangelize about communication because shehas seen its benefits firsthand. Before coming to Villanova, she waspresident of her own consulting company, Wellness Press, and was recognizednationally for her pioneering efforts in worksite wellness. Inher dietitian-headed worksite programs, she encouraged participantswith diabetes or high blood pressure to let their physician know theywere taking part. When the provider was supportive, “the employeewould complete the program and succeed,” she recalls. “The first stepis that the physician or nurse practitioner needs to bring the topic tothe table and help motivate the patient to make lifestyle changes.”The College established COPE in spring 2011 to addressthe nation’s obesity epidemic through professional andconsumer education and research. The new center serves asa focus for interdisciplinary collaboration in the prevention of obesity.COPE offers health providers the evidence-based tools to helpoverweight patients initiate change (see sidebar for one example).COPE continues to grow its endeavors. At the College, COPEis incorporating weight-management scenarios into the state-ofthe-artsimulation lab so that students can practice clinical andcommunication skills. With professional organizations, COPE isexploring the idea of providing simulation toolkits and workshopsfor health-care providers. Plans also include monthly seminars oneight related topics for professionals and consumers.For patients, proactively taking charge of weight and health canalso have a positive societal impact, but here, too, communicationCommunicating and relaying accurate information to obeseand overweight patients is important to help them initiatelifestyle changes, says Denice Ferko-Adams, M.P.H., R.D.,LDN, director of the College’s MacDonald Center for ObesityPrevention and Education (COPE).WHAT YOU SAY MATTERS!To address the importance of communication in weightmanagement and health promotion, the College ofNursing offered the first annual MacDonald Center forObesity Prevention and Education (COPE) Conference,“Weight Management: What YOU Say Matters!” It tookplace March 31 at the Philadelphia Marriott West inWest Conshohocken, Pa. A pre-conference afternoonworkshop on March 30 addressed “Conversations forChange: Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care.”This continuing education conference and workshopattracted nurse practitioners, registered nurses,registered dietitians, educators, physicians, physicianassistants and fitness professionals. Speakers exploredways to help patients initiate lifestyle changes toimprove their weight and health. The sessions featuredevidence-based research and practical ideas for communicatingwith patients of varying age and ethnicity.Topics included:yythe sensitivity of the topic of weight,yyenhancing patient messages,yyideas for easy communication on weight andrisk factors,yyrelaying health messages through communitypartnerships or technology andyyexercise promotion.is critical. It all starts with a respectful conversation. “Bottom line,”says Ferko-Adams, “is when primary care physicians and nursepractitioners acknowledge the weight problem and start the discussion,that patient is more likely to take positive action. Preventionis still the least costly intervention.”For more information on the MacDonald Center for ObesityPrevention and Education (COPE), visit www.villanova.edu/cope.•Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 9


COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTSNew D.N.P. Program Addresses Health-care ChallengesAcknowledging the growingdemands of the country’s complexhealth-care environment, theInstitute of Medicine has emphasized theneed to prepare advanced practice nursesto look at the fundamental health-careissues facing health systems and to solvethe problems. The College of Nursing’snew Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)Program is responding to this call fornurses to transform and lead change in thedelivery of health care across the nation.To assure quality patient outcomes, nursesneed the highest level of evidence-based,clinical knowledge and practice expertise.Villanova Nursing’s D.N.P. Program isdesigned exclusively for advanced practicenurses such as nurse practitioners, nurseanesthetists, clinical nurse specialists andnurse midwives with a terminal practicedegree. This practice-focused doctoratewill position nurses for leadership rolesto improve patient outcomes. An onlineprogram, it includes on-campus seminars.The first cohort begins in June.Each cohort will have a unique themefor its D.N.P. project, a theme that resonatesfrom the American Association of Collegesof Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing PracticeEssentials. This D.N.P. project providesstudents with an opportunity to identify andimprove a health-care issue within their clinicalenvironment, community or health-caresystem by critically examining evidence-basedresearch during the first semester in June.The knowledge acquired through courses inleadership, quality improvement and patientsafety, and health policy will continue toenhance the D.N.P. project throughout thefour semesters. The final project will be ascholarly, publishable manuscript.Debra Shearer, Ed.D., M.S.N., FNP-BC, director, says she is “proud to lead aD.N.P. Program that offers an educationallandscape for advanced practice nurses toimplement nursing research into practice.Our graduates will be prepared to influenceclinical practice and health-caresystems by using evidence-based research toinitiate change and improve the quality ofhealth care in this country.”For more information about the curriculum,application process and deadlines,visit villanova.edu/nursing/dnp. •“Our graduates will beprepared to influenceclinical practice andhealth-care systems byusing evidence-basedresearch to initiatechange and improve thequality of health care inthis country.”—Debra Shearer,Ed.D., M.S.N., FNP-BC,director of theD.N.P. ProgramTo assure quality patient outcomes, nurses need the highest level of evidence-based, clinicalknowledge and practice expertise. The College of Nursing’s new Doctor of Nursing PracticeProgram offers advanced practice nurses a way to address those goals through distancelearning and on-campus seminars.10 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Aligning Public Health and Primary CareCould Be TransformationalAnursing and public health leaderpassionate about the field ofchronic diseases gave the College ofNursing’s 33rd Annual Distinguished Lecturein Nursing. Bobbie Berkowitz, Ph.D.,R.N., FAAN spoke on “Public Health Nursing:Aligning Public Health and PrimaryCare to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes”to a packed Villanova Room in the ConnellyCenter on November 14, 2011.In September 2010, Dr. Berkowitzbecame dean and the Mary O’Neil MundingerProfessor of Nursing at ColumbiaUniversity’s School of Nursing, as wellas senior vice president of the ColumbiaUniversity Medical Center. A renownedAcross the United States,the public health nurseworkforce is shrinking.expert in the field of public health systemsand public health equity, she has practicedand conducted research in this field formany years.Her lecture focused on the importanceof creating effective structures and programsto eliminate health disparities andon the societal, economic and professionalchallenges associated with improvinghealth equity in communities.Finding answers to these challenges anddefining practice agendas for public healthcould lead to a renaissance, Dr. Berkowitzbelieves. Aligning work in public healthwith improving the care provided inprimary settings, especially considering thecurrent shortage of primary care clinicians,could make a dramatic impact on chronicdisease in this country, she noted.Dr. Berkowitz made a strong casefor this transformation by painting apicture of the country’s projected healthstatus by the middle of this century.The U.S. population is projected togrow by 40 percent to around 400 million.This mid-century population willbe an older and more diversified one.Twenty percent will be over 65 years ofage; in 2005, it was 12.5 percent. Thenon-white population will expand to50 percent, with the largest growth inthe Hispanic and Asian populations.Due to persisting inequities in healthstatus, this demographic shift will havea palpable effect on health care. Acrossthe United States, the public healthnurse workforce is shrinking, decreasingthe nation’s ability to be highly effectivein its public health agenda. The Instituteof Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 report on the“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change,Advancing Health” discussed the impactof nursing’s role in chronic disease prevention,since nurses represent the largestsegment of the health-care workforce.The IOM called upon nurses to practiceto the full extent of their education andtraining. It also urged them to continuetheir education through improved deliverysystems, and to be full partners andleaders in designing U.S. health care.The nation’s current health approachconcentrates on illness, Dr. Berkowitznoted. However, she emphasized, “Weknow that progress toward healthierpopulations should be the primary focusof a reformed health system.” Nursesare the most powerful providers of carecoordination, she stated. With interprofessionalcollaboration, changes in publichealth-care systems are within reach.The College’s Center for Global andPublic Health and the Alpha Nu Chapterof Sigma Theta Tau International co-sponsoredthe lecture.To view this lecture, visit Villanova University’sYouTube Channel. In the Nursing playlist,click on 33rd Annual Distinguished Lecture. •Dean of Columbia University’s School ofNursing, Bobbie Berkowitz, Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN spoke at Villanova last fall on anarea of special expertise: health policyand health equity as the U.S. populationages and becomes more diverse.Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 11


COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTSThree Students Conduct Public Health ResearchAt Lankenau Institute for MedicalResearch (LIMR), three undergraduatesfrom the College ofNursing participated in either an independentstudy or internship focused onexamining public health issues. Foundedin 1927, LIMR is an independent, nonprofitbiomedical research center locatedin suburban Philadelphia on the campusof the Lankenau Medical Center. Part ofMain Line Health, LIMR is one of the fewfreestanding, hospital-associated medicalresearch centers in the nation.The seniors, Marina Gallo, MoniqueStenger and Megan Copel, furthered theirinterests in public health. All three acknowledgethat their non-traditional experiencesat LIMR have enhanced their understandingof the broad scope of nursing practice.At the institute, they had the benefitof tutelage from Stanton “Stan” B. Miller,M.D., MPH, FACS, assistant professorand director of LIMR’s Center for PublicHealth Research and Educational Programsin Public Health. A former surgeon,Dr. Miller now focuses on communityhealth. He serves on the College of Nursing’sBoard of Consultors.While each of the three studentsworked on a different project, one underlyingtheme evolved from their experiences.Gallo’s summer internship focused ondeveloping an organizing framework fora proposed public health consortiumcomprised of LIMR, three nearby colleges(Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore)and Villanova Nursing. Gallo met withfaculty from the four schools who hadexpertise in diverse areas relating to publichealth, among them anthropology, microbiologyand economics. Her exposure toa truly intradisciplinary team affirms theimportance of teamwork in career development.“My experience with this internshipopened my eyes to how many differentcareer options I have as a nurse,” shesays. “It shaped my career goals to allowme to explore other non-traditionalopportunities.”Internships and independent studies at Lankenau Institute for Medical Research gaveNursing students (from left) Megan Copel, Monique Stenger and Marina Gallo anenhanced outlook on the scope of nursing practice.Stenger during her summer internshipstudied barriers to patient compliance inobtaining mammogram screenings. “Fromthe analysis of data, I realized the importanceof patient education and holisticallycaring for the patient,” she notes.“Throughout the program I met peoplewith medical or nursing degrees who wereworking in ways that are different from thetraditional health-care provider role.” Askedabout her future career goals, Stengerreplied, “I see myself working in a clinic oroverseas in a non-governmental agency.”Copel in her three-credit, yearlonginternship focused on the measures implementedby parents living along the MainLine to protect children from injuries. Sheis working on a manuscript based on herresearch into preventing the most commonsources of pediatric injuries: falls, poisoning,transportation, foreign bodies andfires. For example, she noted that if moreparents knew about the dangers of ridingATVs, they could talk to their childrenabout the risks. Copel acknowledges theimportance of this experience: “There are aplethora of preventable incidents that happento children, and these incidents havesignificant impact on the health-care systemand the family unit. It has also shapedmy viewpoint on health care and possiblycareer goals by emphasizing the importanceof primary prevention.”Copel has seen the importance of preventionand initiative in other related worktied to her interests. At the Mayo Clinic inRochester, Minn., during a summer externshipshe participated in the care of a varietyof patients in the Level I trauma center’sEmergency Department. Last fall, in associationwith her term as president of theVillanova Chapter of the Student Nurses’Association of Pennsylvania, she undertooka three-credit independent study of studentleadership, mentored by her advisor, CarolToussie Weingarten, Ph.D., R.N., ANEF,associate professor of Nursing. Copel iscurrently writing an article on aspects ofleadership. Her mother is Linda CarmanCopel, Ph.D., R.N., PMHCNS, BC, CNE,NCC, FAPA, professor of Nursing. •12 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Gathering during a reception in Driscoll Hall’s lobby last September are Dean Fitzpatrick (seated, center front); the College’s Omanistudents; and three delegates from Omani’s Ministry of Health: Dr. Ahmed Al Qasmi (seated, third from left), H. E. Dr. Ali Talib Al Hinai(fifth from left) and Said Saidi (sixth from left).College Welcomes Delegation from OmanDuring their visit to the easternUnited States, three distinguishedmembers of the Ministry of Healthof the Sultanate of Oman were hostedby the College of Nursing on September28-29, 2011. The College welcomed H. E.Dr. Ali Talib Al Hinai, undersecretary ofPlanning Affairs; Dr. Ahmed Al Qasmi,advisor in Research and Studies; and SaidSaidi, advisor in Administration.The College enjoys a 17-year relation-ship with Oman’s Ministry of Health;nearly 200 Omanis have earned theirB.S.N. and/or M.S.N. degrees from VillanovaUniversity. These Nursing alumnihold leadership positions in clinicalpractice, academia and health-care administrationthroughout their country. VillanovaNursing faculty have also provided consultationand continuing education in Oman.In turn, the Omani students have enrichedVillanova culturally and intellectually.The Omani visitors met with currentstudents from the Sultanate as well as withfaculty and administrators. They learnedmore about the College’s programs andinitiatives, visited Driscoll Hall classroomsand simulation labs, and toured Nursing’sclinical sites in Philadelphia and thesuburbs. They also attended a reception inthe Driscoll Hall lobby with undergraduateand graduate Omani students and Nursingadministrators. •Villanovans Chosen as NLN Jonas ScholarsFor the second time in the twoyearhistory of its Jonas ScholarsProgram, the National League forNursing selected Villanovans to honor.This year’s Jonas Scholars, announced lastfall, include Catherine Morse, M.S.N.,R.N., CRNP-BC, CCRN and StephanieJeffers ’11 Ph.D., R.N. Morse is a studentin the College of Nursing’s Ph.D. Program,and Jeffers has since graduated from it.The Jonas Scholars Program, whichsupports nursing Ph.D. candidates as theycomplete their dissertations, promotes(Top left) Stephanie Jeffers ’11 Ph.D., R.N.(Bottom left) Catherine Morse, M.S.N., R.N., CRNP-BC, CCRNmodels for shared faculty appointmentsamong clinical affiliates and collegesof nursing and also fosters educationaladvancement of new nursing faculty.Morse is researching “The Effects ofDebriefing with Good Judgment on AcuteCare Nurse Practitioner Students’ ReflectiveAbility and Perspective Transformation.”Jeffers’ dissertation, which she successfullydefended last fall, was “Nurse FacultyPerceptions of End-of-Life Education inthe Clinical Setting: A PhenomenologicalPerspective.” •Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 13


COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTSMeet Two Members of the Board of ConsultorsThe College of Nursing’s Board ofConsultors is comprised of successfulleaders in a variety of arenas,including health care, education, businessand nonprofits. Each member, with anaffinity for the endeavors of the Collegeand Villanova nurses, brings a rich contextto his or her advisory role.In this issue, we feature three membersof the board. Here are profiles of twoalumnae who enthusiastically support theirCollege: Margaret “Meg” Robins Garrett’72 B.S.N., M.Ed., J.D. and ChristinaLarson Kelly ’74 B.S.N., M.S.N., CFP ® .See page 25 for a profile on board memberPamela Cembrook and her husband, John,who are parents of Villanovans and haveestablished a new scholarship for Nursing.Margaret “Meg” Robins Garrett ’72 B.S.N.,M.Ed., J.D. is senior counsel and seniordirector of Risk Management for the JohnsHopkins Health System’s Legal Departmentin Baltimore. While she puts to useher master’s degree in education fromThe Citadel and her law degree from theUniversity of Maryland, it is her dedicationto patients and their safety, nurturedat Villanova, that drives her career. HerNursing education serves her well in herrole. “At Villanova I was taught to listento my patient and I learned to multitask.They taught me to be organized,” she says.“The Nursing faculty led us to believe thatwe could do anything we aspired to do. Ilearned to be passionate about patients;we learned patient safety before the IOM[Institute of Medicine] report. At Hopkins,I have the ability to lead an organization toprovide the safest care for our patients.”Garrett’s professional motivation ismaking a difference in health care, andthat has her circling back to Villanova.When invited to serve on the Board ofConsultors in 2010, she was happy toaccept. She recalls comments from severalnursing executives who have said “Youcan always tell a Villanova nurse fromother nurses,” adding, “It all comes backto values and virtues.” For Garrett, thatMargaret “Meg” Robins Garrett ’72 B.S.N.,M.Ed., J.D.is the core of the nursing education here.“The most valuable part of my educationwas how Villanova Nursing instilled valuesand virtues into all aspects of our collegeexperience,” she offers. “Villanova alwaystaught students to think about the patientas a whole,” nurturing “students who wereempathic and respected both patientsand clinicians. The faculty taught us to‘think outside the box,’ before academiaembraced the concept.”Garrett cherishes the Villanova Nursingtradition and helps support it through heradvisory capacity on the board. “I wantVillanova Nursing to excel. I am so proudof the programs Dean Fitzpatrick and herfaculty have developed,” she explains. Thattradition ultimately makes Garrett’s jobeasier, fulfilling the goal of having patientsafety at the forefront of all providers’minds and making sure that the nursingprogram “stays ahead of health-care reform.”It is no surprise that Garrett, a loyal,longtime basketball fan, comes from aVillanova family. Two brothers, a nieceand a nephew are also alumni, as is heryoungest of four children, Erin ’07 VSB,who plans to attend this June’s AlumniReunion Weekend with her mother. TheCollege of Nursing is the magnet drawingGarrett back. “I am so proud to be a Villanovanurse,” she notes. “I am proud to be amember of the Board of Consultors. I wantto do whatever I can to assist VillanovaNursing to move forward with the nursingneeds of the patient population and tonever forget its Augustinian roots.”Christina Larson Kelly ’74 B.S.N., M.S.N.,CFP ® is a nurse concerned about health—financial health. In the course of hercareer, her observations about nursing ledher to become president of Larson FinancialPlanning Inc. in Winchester, Mass.“For over 30 years I worked in nursingadministrative positions in several Bostonteaching hospitals,” Larson Kelly notes.“Using the assessment skills Villanovainstilled in me, I realized that in additionto taking care of patients, there wasa need for nurses to take care of themselves.Their financial health was one areathat needed serious attention but thereweren’t resources available to assist them.”Building on her teaching and administrativeknowledge, plus her master’s degreein nursing from Boston University, in1992 Larson Kelly added to her portfolioa Certified Financial Planning certificatefrom Northeastern University.“I transitioned my skills of taking careof patients and developing systems totaking care of the nurses who work in thesystems. In my current role I help nursesachieve their financial goals because I havean understanding of the work they do, the‘language’ they speak, and I understandthe stresses and joys of a modern nursingcareer,” she offers. Larson Kelly brought herexpertise to campus by presenting “ReducingStress Through Financial Health” forthe Nursing Alumni Association’s continuingeducation event held during the June2011 Alumni Reunion Weekend. She alsoeducates Nursing students on financialissues like benefit packages.In 2010, Larson Kelly was invited tojoin the Board of Consultors. Reflectingon defining moments in her life, sherealizes that one key opportunity was herVillanova Nursing education. She recalls14 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Geriatric Conference Attracted Nursing Educatorsthe demanding course load, the need toconstantly prioritize and the faculty’s highperformance expectations. “The lessons Ilearned at the College of Nursing servedme well throughout my graduate educationand career,” she observes. “The demandfor excellence and the development of criticalthinking skills were the most valuablepart of my education.”Christina Larson Kelly ’74 B.S.N.,M.S.N., CFP ®Larson Kelly readily gives back to heralma mater. “The board provides mewith the privilege to offer insights frommy many years of nursing experience andexecutive expertise. It has many valuablemembers and together I hope that weprovide support and assistance, which ishelpful to the leadership of the College,”she explains.Among her goals is to engage Nursingalumni in becoming more active in theircontributions to the College. Her fondmemories ignite her service. As LarsonKelly says, “The College of Nursing is avery special place with incredible passionand camaraderie that I enjoy every time Ivisit. I hope that my involvement on theboard and financial contributions will helpthe College continue with many years ofsuccess.” •Reflecting the focus of today’shealth-care agenda, educatorshave been striving to make suretheir programs are preparing nurses,especially in advanced practice, to meetthe needs of older adults. The all-day“Mid-Atlantic Conference to AdvanceGeriatric Competencies in Undergraduateand Graduate Education” addressedthis need. The College of Nursing and itsContinuing Education in Nursing andHealth Care Program hosted the event inDriscoll Hall on December 9, 2011.The night before, well-respectedgeriatric specialist and nurse educatorMathy Mezey Ed.D., R.N., FAAN spokeon “Setting the Stage to Care for OlderAmericans,” as part of the College’s17th annual Health and Human ValuesLecture Series. Dr. Mezey is associatedirector of education initiatives of therenowned John A. Hartford Foundation’sInstitute for Geriatric Nursing at NewYork University. The foundation offersnumerous programs supporting geriatricnursing education. It also offers variousassessment tools and evidence-basedinformation that has been instrumentalin influencing elder care in all settings.Dr. Mezey challenged educatorsto help nursing studentsunderstand the complexities,but also the joy, of geriatriccare as they transition intopractice arenas where themajority of their patients maybe older adults.The all-day conferenceemphasized the need forstudents to be prepared fornew roles across the health-caresystem in supporting qualitycare for older adults. Geriatricexperts offered valuable clinical information,best practices and evidence-basedresearch to aid nurse educators in advancinggeriatric educational competencies.The care of the older adult is anessential part of the nursing curricula forstudents and educators as both B.S.N.and graduate programs strive to preparenurses for this growing population. This isespecially true for advanced practice programsas educators revise curricula to meetthe adult nurse practitioner ConsensusModel for APRN Regulation (Licensure,Accreditation, Certification and Educationrequirements). This model calls forenhanced content related to care of olderadults in all advanced practice curricula, aswell as combining adult and gerontologynurse practitioner and clinical specialtyprograms into fully merged adult-gerontologynurse practitioner programs.Conference sponsors included Philadelphia’sRalston Center and the Universityof Pennsylvania Health System’s GeriatricEducation Center, Department ofMedicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine.The College played a key role in planningthe conference. Among the planners fromVillanova Nursing were Lynore DeSilets,Ed.D., R.N.- BC, assistant dean anddirector of the Continuing Educationin Nursing and Health Care Program;Elizabeth Keech ’66 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.,assistant professor; and Elise Pizzi, M.S.N.,GNP-BC, adjunct assistant professor.Other nursing educators who assisted inplanning included Pamela Z. Cacchione’84 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., GNP-BC, associateprofessor of geropsychiatric nursing atPenn’s School of Nursing, and M. CatherineWollman D.N.P., R.N., assistant professorin the Division of Nursing/HealthSciences at Neumann University. •Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 15


FACULTY FOCUSStudy Addresses Hypertension among Sugar Cane WorkersIn developing countries, hypertensionis a growing chronic health condition.Its prevalence in the Caribbean is estimatedto be as high as 55 percent in somepopulations—including Haitian migrantcommunities in the Dominican Republic.While there is anecdotal evidence fromhealth-care teams, there is little actual datadue to social class inequities and healthrelateddisparities.Tamara M. Kear ’09 Ph.D., R.N., assistantprofessor in the College of Nursing,has begun a new study to gather such dataamong a neglected group in one of theCaribbean’s poorest areas. Her outreachand research are focusing on the Haitianmigrant workers who live in bateyes, theshanty towns next to the sugar cane fieldsin the Dominican Republic. As an expertin nephrology and dialysis nursing, Dr.Kear sees first-hand how damaging highblood pressure can be to health.In October 2011, eight Nursing juniorsspent Fall Break caring for these Haitianmigrant workers in La Romana, an industrialtown on this developing nation’ssouthern coast. They accompanied Dr. Kearand Kim Connolly, M.P.H., R.N., director of“Neither Haiti nor theDominican Republicrecognizes citizenship ofthese children, who have nocountry to call their home.”—Tamara M. Kear’09 Ph.D., R.N.the College’s Center for Global and PublicHealth, to observe and deliver health care.La Romana is surrounded by mountainsand sugar cane plantations. These workersand their families migrate from Haiti, on theother side of the island of Hispaniola, to harvestthe crop. Despite their quest for a betterway of life and education for their children,they have little or no access to health care.Each day, the Nursing group traveledto a different bateye, providing a mobilehealth-care clinic that assessed and treatednearly 300 people.In conjunction with the students’ healthpromotion work, which was part of theirclinical practicum, Dr. Kear was beginninga new study, “Hypertension in HaitianMigrant Communities in the DominicanRepublic: An Investigation of Three RuralBateye Communities.” Dr. Kear, who hadmade two previous trips, says she chosethis population to study because “They arethe ones who fall through the cracks of thehealth-care system. They are not consideredDominican citizens—even children bornin the Dominican Republic of Haitianparents are not Dominican. Neither Haitinor the Dominican Republic recognizescitizenship of these children, who have nocountry to call their home.” This makes foran increasingly vulnerable population thatmay be left unnoticed and untreated.During the clinics, students checkedblood pressures manually and recordedthem for 285 Haitians 16 years and older.They discussed medication use and accessibilityand gave sessions on hypertensionrisk factors and management. Throughrecorded interviews with health promotersliving in the bateyes, they explored barriersto hypertension management.Dr. Tamara Kear(right) interviewsHaitian migrantworkers in theDominican Republicabout their healthand blood pressurewhile inspiring anew generation ofresearchers. Withher is with AllisonBehette, a Nursingjunior assisting inDr. Kear’s study ofhypertension.Allison Behette, a junior from Brooklyn,N.Y., began working with Dr. Kearduring this health promotion experienceand continues to assist her in data analysis.“Now that I am involved in the hypertensionstudy,” says Behette, “I feel like I amreliving the experience of my time in theDominican Republic and really bringing itto a new level.”Dr. Kear’s study is still in the initialphase, but she is working with GoodSamaritan on a tool the hospital could usein collecting data in her absence. Oncethere is sufficient data, which could takeseveral years, she will seek funding for aninterventional study.Notes Behette, “Going to the DominicanRepublic in October was undoubtedlyone of the greatest experiences ofmy college career. Not only did I gainclinical experience but I had the uniqueopportunity to experience a culture that isvery different from my own. Although itis definitely interesting to see how variousmedical conditions such as hypertensionare affected by demographics, gender,culture and a multitude of other factors,my favorite part of this study is knowingthat whatever we find can make a differencein the lives of a group of people whohave truly touched my heart and changedmy life.” •16 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


A Tribute to Rose O’Driscoll’s Four Decades at the CollegeFew people can say they have beenpart of an organization for 40 years.That is one of the many notableaccomplishments of Rose WoytowichO’Driscoll ’64 B.S.N., M.S.N., R.N. as theCollege of Nursing lauds her and her fourdecades of service to the College and VillanovaUniversity. Known for her energeticspirit, rich laugh and positive outlook, sheis a well-respected member of the campuscommunity.O’Driscoll is currently assistant deanfor Administration and assistant professorof Nursing. Her affinity for Villanovabegan during freshman year. Living inPhoenixville, Pa., she should have beena commuter but was assigned housing.Could that be “because they thought I wasfrom Arizona,” she wonders. Her studentlife was the beginning of relationships thatcontinue today. Her knowledge of the Collegeand its culture is a highly valued assetsummed up in the frequently heard “AskRose” or “Rose knows.” Students, faculty,and alumni pepper O’Driscoll with questionsall day, every day.“Rose is one of the most optimisticpeople I’ve ever met,” says M. LouiseFitzpatrick, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN, ConnellyEndowed Dean and Professor. “She is amodel Villanovan. Rose is well-known oncampus by her position but also by herupbeat personality. Loyal and supportive,you can count on Rose to get the job done.I value her as a close friend and a colleague.She has been my right hand for34 years.”A positive force in the College,O’Driscoll is known for supporting,counseling, motivating and advising. Shesees undergraduate students at both theirmost joyous and their most challengingtimes, frequently sharing with them herphilosophy of “things happen for a reason”and guiding them to develop plans for thefuture. She’s usually right. As alumni, theyremember this and return to visit with her,share news and ask advice.O’Driscoll has moved on three timesfrom Villanova but always came back.The first time, when she answered thecall in 1966 to return to teach two yearsafter earning her B.S.N., “I was honored,”she recalls. The next year she left to earnher master’s degree, then two years laterreturned to the Nursing faculty. In theearly 1970s she stepped away from teachingto be at home with husband Bob andtheir new son, Rob. In 1976, she onceagain answered the College’s call. Why? “Iliked what I did,” she remembers, notingthat the people here are why she continues.Before assuming her current title—where she oversees the non-academicoperations in the College—O’Driscoll helda variety of positions, including instructor,coordinator of the junior curriculumand assistant to the dean. Several yearsago, she worked closely with plannersand construction crews as the DriscollHall project progressed. She has taught ormentored countless students and advisesstudent groups including the UndergraduateNursing Senate. She brings alumni andstudents together through the College’sannual Career Day. She is the College’sliaison to the Nursing Alumni Association.She doesn’t just help build buildings. Shehelps build nurses and encourages theirbonding as alumni. Among many othercommittees and initiatives she has led wasco-chairing the College’s 50th Anniversarycommittee.At the University level, her contributionsare just as valuable and significant,championing Nursing’s interests whileserving on numerous committees and taskforces. “She enjoys whatever she is doingand being involved. She is very loyal toVillanova,” notes Dean Fitzpatrick.Among O’Driscoll’s priorities is basketball.She is seen at most Wildcat men’sbasketball games while following Rob’sgames on her mobile device. Also a Villanovagraduate, her son is an associate headcoach at James Madison University.O’Driscoll is an undeniable “cheerleader”for Villanova and the College ofNursing. She is an exemplar for futurealumni. •“Ask Rose. Rose knows” is advice heardfrequently in Driscoll Hall and aroundcampus. Optimism and enthusiasm haveinfused all four of the decades that RoseO’Driscoll ’64 B.S.N., M.S.N., R.N. hasdevoted to the College of Nursing.“She enjoys whatevershe is doing and beinginvolved. She is veryloyal to Villanova.”—Dean FitzpatrickVillanova Nursing | Spring 2012 17


FACULTY FOCUSCollege Salutes Two Faculty Membersfor 25 Years of ServiceThe College of Nursing this year ishonoring Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko,Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, professorand director of the Ph.D. Program inNursing, and Joyce S. Willens ’83 B.S.N.,Ph.D., R.N.-BC, assistant professor, fortheir quarter-century of service. Bothjoined the faculty in 1986.Dr. Sharts-Hopko has taught nearlya dozen courses for undergraduate andgraduate students. Her commitment toexcellence within the College, VillanovaUniversity and the profession is demonstratedthrough her service on a variety ofcommittees and her memberships in professionalorganizations. She has receivedawards for outstanding service to the Universitycommunity, such as the LawrenceC. Gallen, O.S.A., Faculty Service Award.A role model for students, she is treasurerof the Board of Directors of Sigma ThetaTau International, nursing’s honor society,and was elected to the National League forNursing’s (NLN) Commission on Certificationto help set policy for the designationof certified nurse educators.In 2003, Dr. Sharts-Hopko was namedthe director of Nursing’s new Ph.D. program.With a background in academia andmaternal-child and women’s health, shelectures frequently on education, researchand clinical topics and has publishednumerous articles on evidence-basedpractice, women’s health concerns suchas vision impairment and disability, HIV/AIDS, childbearing and other areas. Shecontinues to show her dedication to thefield of nursing and the University with(Left) Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN,who directs the College’sPh.D. Program in Nursing,has a background inmaternal-child andwomen’s health.(Right) Joyce S. Willens’83 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.-BCis a resource at the Collegeand nationally on painand its management.her enduring professional growth and herdevotion to improving nursing education.Dr. Willens, former coordinator ofthe B.S.N./M.S.N. Gateway Program forRegistered Nurses, has taught undergraduateand graduate students, includingstudents from the Sultanate of Oman, incourses relating to the nursing process,health assessment, clinical practice skillsand pain. She also serves on several Universityand College committees, includingthe Senate and Faculty Congress.Dr. Willens is a knowledgeableresource for faculty and students interestedin issues related to pain and its management.Stemming from her teachingand research interests, she has publishedscholarly articles and chapters and is theeditor of Pain Management Nursing, thejournal of the American Society for PainManagement Nursing (ASPMN). She alsobelongs to the American Pain Society. InJune 2011, she was elected to a one-yearterm as president-elect of ASPMN andreceived its Distinguished Service Award.Dr. Willens is one of two nurses in thenation selected from ASPMN for theContent Expert Panel for the AmericanNurses Credentialing Center’s new certificationexamination in pain management.She edited the 1996 AJN Book of theYear, Pain Management: an InterdisciplinaryApproach. She has chaired ASPMN’s taskforce that completed the role delineationsurvey defining what pain managementnurses do. This study was published inPain Management Nursing and serves as abasis for test content outline. •FACULTY TRANSITIONSFlexibility, networking and negotiationare among the skills of Clinical AssistantProfessor Francis Amorim, M.S.N.,R.N., CCE, the College of Nursing’s newcoordinator of Clinical Education. Herprevious six years as student placementcoordinator for Thomas JeffersonUniversity Hospital involved matchingmore than 1,900 students from 13 nursingprograms in the Philadelphia areawith clinical units within that health-caresystem. Her new role at the Collegebrings the challenge of ensuring excellentclinical placements for all Nursingundergraduates.Fluent in Italianand with a “workingknowledge” ofSpanish and Portuguese,Amorim wasraised in Philadelphia.After earningher B.S.N. fromThomas Jefferson,she began her careeras a perinatal staffnurse at Pennsylvania Hospital. She quither job one summer to realize a dreamshe shared with her husband, Thomas,a teacher, soccer coach and Villanovaalumnus. They traveled through Europeto the World Cup Soccer tournament.Upon their return, she earned an M.S.N.degree as a perinatal clinical nurse specialistfrom the University of Pennsylvania.While raising their two sons, sheheld adjunct faculty positions in nursingprograms in the Philadelphia areabefore returning full-time to Jefferson.Last July, her work there was recognizedwith the prestigious Excellencein Professional Development Educator/Academic Liaison Practice Award fromthe National Nursing Staff DevelopmentOrganization.“One of my better qualities is thatI like people and like to resolve issues,because in both academic and practice[settings] there is a lot of negotiating,”says Amorim. “Coming to Villanova wasa different professional challenge and anexcellent personal fit. I started in academiaand came back to it.” Appreciatingthe ways in which she has seen Villanova’smission and philosophical backgroundblend, she says simply, “I love it.”Registered dietitian Denice Ferko-Adams, M.P.H., R.D., LDN is directorof the MacDonald Center for Obesity18 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Prevention and Education (COPE);she joined Villanova Nursing in spring2011. The College established this newcenter, funded by the MacDonald FamilyFoundation and the Take Shape for LifeFoundation, to address the nation’s obesityepidemic through professional andconsumer education and research. Shebrings to her role more than 20 years ofclinical, community and worksite experiencein weight management. Integratingher experience and passion for wellnesswith a master’s degree in public healthfrom East Stroudsburg University, sheis a national expert and leader in theAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics,the new name of the American DieteticAssociation (ADA). She earned herB.S. in dietetics at Indiana University ofPennsylvania and completed the ADA’sChild and Adolescent Certificate inWeight Management. In recognition ofher pioneering efforts in worksite wellnessand weight management, Ferko-Adams was honored in 2009 with theprestigious ADA Excellence in PracticeAward in Business and Consultationand was the first recipient of the ADA/SCAN Award for Excellence in Practicefor Wellness.As president ofher consulting company,WellnessPress, Ferko-Adamsdeveloped andimplemented yearroundweight, health,cafeteria and fitnesscampaigns fornational clients,including ACTSRetirement Life Communities, AirProducts, Bethlehem Steel Corporation,BMW of North America, Harley-Davidson,Impact Health, Lehigh University,Mack Trucks and many others. Shecreated software to track data onparticipants in her clients’ programs,documenting outcomes that translate tosaving health-care dollars.Ferko-Adams served as an adjunctfaculty member for Marywood University’sdietetics’ program and for thenursing program at Alvernia College(now University).A nationally recognized speaker,Ferko-Adams frequently addressesworksite wellness and business topics.In addition, she serves as a resource forthe media and has expertise in doinglive cooking demonstrations for television.She has served in many national,state and local leadership roles, includingnational professional issues delegatefor the ADA, chair of ADA’s NutritionEntrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Groupand president of the PennsylvaniaDietetic Association.Amy E. McKeever’08 Ph.D., R.N., CRNPbegan her new facultyrole in Januaryas assistant professor,teaching in theundergraduate andgraduate program,with a concentrationin maternalchildnursing in theundergraduate program. Her doctoraldissertation at the College was “CollegeStudents’ Self-Reported BehavioralChange after an Educational Interventionto Reduce Behaviors Associatedwith Cervical Cancer Risk.”Dr. McKeever earned her B.S.N fromGwynedd-Mercy College and her M.S.N.and advanced practice training in women’shealth from the University of Pennsylvania.During her five years at DrexelUniversity and two at Temple University,she was an active and engaged memberof the nursing faculty.Experienced in clinical arenas andteaching, Dr. McKeever is a certifiedregistered nurse practitioner specializingin women’s health. She has worked in avariety of clinical settings focusing onmaternal-child health, providing primarycare to women across the lifespan. Herclinical passion is caring for women withpre-malignant and malignant gynecologicaldisorders. She provides care to thesepatients at her gynecological oncologypractice at Main Line Health Care.Dr. McKeever is a member of severalclinical and research-oriented professionalorganizations, including the Associationof Women’s Health, Obstetricand Neonatal Nurses; the American Collegeof Nurse Practitioners; the AmericanAcademy of Nurse Practitioners; theAmerican Society of Colposcopists andCervical Pathologists; and Sigma ThetaTau International. She has publishedseveral articles on maternal-child nursing,integrating evidence-based practiceinto teaching and cervical cancer riskreduction.Debra Shearer, Ed.D., M.S.N., FNP-BCin October 2011 began as director of theCollege’s newly developed Doctor ofNursing Practice (D.N.P.) Program. Shebrings a wealth of experience in clinicalpractice, education and programdevelopment.A B.S.N. graduate of La Salle University,Dr. Shearer worked in the neonatalICU of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Childrenin Philadelphia and on the transportteam before completing her family nursepractitioner (FNP) degree in 1997 atMCP Hahnemann University’s College ofNursing (now Drexel University Collegeof Nursing and Health Professions). Withher FNP license in hand, she practiced inPhiladelphia in the emergency departmentsat Frankford Hospital and whatwas then Graduate Hospital, and inWilmington, Del., at St. Francis Hospital.Her first faculty position was in 1998 withMCP Hahnemann’s FNP program. Shetook three years off after the birth of herdaughter in 2000, returned to Drexelas the coordinator for clinical adjunctfaculty in nursing, later served as directorof Clinical Education and in 2009became chair of the Nurse PractitionerDepartment. She received her doctor ofeducation degree from Rowan Universityin 2005, where her dissertation was “Outfrom the Periphery: Engaging NursingClinical Adjunct Faculty in Their ProfessionalDevelopment.”Always looking for a new challenge,in 2010 Dr. Shearer worked with Drexel’sCollege of Medicine to develop andoperate its Convenient Care Center atLiberty Place in Center City Philadelphia.She was the center’s chief nursepractitioner and held a faculty appointmentin Medicine.Dr. Shearer now isready for the challengesassociatedwith developingand implementinga Doctor of NursingPractice program. “Iam looking forwardto starting a programthat will educateadvanced practicenurses to translate nursing science intopractice to improve patient outcomes,”she observes.FACULTY PUBLICATIONSAngelina C. Arcamone ’82 B.S.N.,’86 M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., CCE, assistantdean and director of the UndergraduateProgram, co-authored with doctoralstudent Nancy Wise ’09 M.S.N., R.N.the article “Survey of Adolescent ViewsVillanova Nursing | Spring 2012 19


FACULTY FOCUSof Healthy Eating During Pregnancy” inMCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 36 (8), 2-7.Mary Ann Cantrell ’89 M.S.N., Ph.D.,R.N., CS, associate professor, publishedthree articles:y y “Demystifying the Research Process:Understanding a Descriptive ComparativeResearch Design” in PediatricNursing, 37 (4), 188-189;y y “A Narrative Review Summarizing theState of the Evidence on the Health-Related Quality of Life Among ChildhoodCancer Survivors” in Journal ofPediatric Oncology Nursing, 28 (2),75-82; andyywith K. Ruble, “Multidisciplinary Carein Pediatric Oncology,” in Journal ofMultidisciplinary Healthcare, Vol. 2011(4), 171–181.Christine M. Crumlish, Ph.D., APRN,CCRN, assistant professor, co-authoredwith Catherine Todd Magel, Ed.D.,R.N.-BC, assistant professor, the article“Patient Education on Heart AttackResponse: Is Rehearsal the CriticalFactor in Knowledge Retention?” inMEDSURG Nursing, 20 (6), November/December 2011, 310-317.Lyn DeSilets, Ed.D., R.N.-BC, assistantdean and director of the ContinuingEducation in Nursing and Health CareProgram, published three AdministrativeAngles columns in 2011 in Journal ofContinuing Education in Nursing:y y “Are You Ready for the Net Generationor the Free Agent Learner?,”42 (10), 340-341;y y “Reviewing Conference Abstracts,”42 (6), 244-245; andy y “Food for Thought: How Do WeRespect Our Learners’ Right toPrivacy?,” 42 (1), 12-13.Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, Ph.D, R.N.,associate professor, published threearticles online:y y “Use of the Internet by Parents ofMiddle School Students: InternetRules, Risky Behaviours and OnlineConcerns” in Journal of PsychiatricMental Health Nursing. Epub: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01815.x;yywith M. Posner and M.K. Hutchinson,“Cigarette Smoking and AlcoholUse among Adolescents and YoungAdults with Asthma,” in NursingResearch and Practice, 2011. Epub:doi:10.1155/2011/503201; andyywith A.W. Burgess and J.R. Flores,“Social Networking Patterns of Adolescents,Young Adults, and Offenders,”in American Journal of Nursing,111 (7), 28-36. Epub: doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000399310.83160.73.Kathy Gray-Siracusa, Ph.D., R.N.,M.B.A., NEA-BC, assistant professor,co-authored an article with L. Schrier,“Use of an Intervention Bundle to EliminatePressure Ulcer in Critical Care,” inJournal of Nursing Care Quality, 26 (3),216-225.Tamara M. Kear ’09 Ph.D., R.N., assis-tant professor, published two articlesand one book chapter:y y “Teaching Dialyzer Designers of theFuture,” in Nephrology Nursing Journal,38 (3), 285;y y “The Use of Narrative Analysis toStudy Transformative Learning inAssociate Degree Nursing Students: aFocus on the Methodology,” in Teachingand Learning in Nursing, (2012) 7,32–35.; andyyChapter 9, “Renal and Urinary TractCare Plans,” in Nursing Care Plans:Diagnoses, Interventions, and Outcomes(7th edition) by M. Gulanickand J. Myers.Michelle M. Kelly ’94 B.S.N., M.S.N.,CRNP, clinical instructor, authoredthe article “Comparison of FunctionalStatus of 8-12 Year Old Children BornPrematurely: A Review of the Literature”in Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Epub:dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2011.03.010.Ruth McDermott-Levy ’96 M.S.N.,’08 Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, publishedtwo papers:y y “Going Alone: The Lived Experienceof Arab Muslim Nurses Studying inthe U.S.” in Nursing Outlook, 59 (5),266-277 andy y “Nurses’ Role on Green Teams: AnEnvironmental Health Opportunity” inPennsylvania Nurse, 66 (1), 19-23.Barbara Ott, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor,published two articles:yywith R.M Olson, “Ethical Issues ofLEADERSHIP TRANSITIONFrances Keen, D.N.Sc., R.N., associateprofessor (left), in June 2011 transitionedfrom her role as assistant dean anddirector of the Undergraduate Program,a position she held for 10 years. She nowteaches adult health and leadership andmanagement in the classroom and clinicalsettings and also works on specialprojects for Dean Fitzpatrick. AngelinaArcamone ’82 B.S.N., ’86 M.S.N., Ph.D.,R.N., CCE, clinical assistant professor(right), succeeds her as assistant deanand director of the Undergraduate Program.Dr. Arcamone formerly was thecoordinator of Clinical Education.20 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Medical Missions: The Clinicians’ View”in HEC Forum, 23 (2), 105-113 andyywith M.A. McKay, “A 7-Year-Old ChildWitnesses CPR” in Journal of EmergencyNursing, 37 (1), 100-101.Bing Bing Qi ’94 M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.,assistant professor, co-authored anarticle with Suzanne Smeltzer, Ed.D.,R.N., FAAN, professor and director ofthe Center for Nursing Research; B.Resnick; and B. Bausell, “Self-efficacyProgram to Prevent Osteoporosis amongChinese Immigrants: A RandomizedControlled Trial” in Nursing Research,60 (6), 393-404.Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN, professor and director of thePh.D. Program in Nursing, publishedthree articles in Journal of the Associationof Nurses in AIDS Care:y y “Health Care Reform: What Does ItMean for People Living with HIV?”Epub: DOE:10.1016/j.jana.2011.07.003;y y “Using Evidence in Practice,” 22 (2),77-80; andy y “Reading and Interpreting the ScientificEvidence,” 22 (1), 6-8.Suzanne C. Smeltzer Ed.D., R.N., FAAN,professor and director of the Centerfor Nursing Research, co-authored fourarticles:yywith L.M. Long-Bellil, K. Robey, C.L.Graham, P.M. Minihan and P. Kahn,“Teaching Medical Students aboutDisability: The Use of StandardizedPatients,” in Academic Medicine, 86(9), 1163-1170;yywith L.M. Long-Bellil, D.M. O’Connor,K. Robey, J.E. Hahn, P.M. Minihan andC.L. Graham, “Commentary: DefiningDisability in Health Care Education,”in Academic Medicine, 86 (9), 1067-1068;yywith C. Di Iorio, J.L. Hinkle, A. Stuifbergen,D. Algase, C.S. Amidei, J. Austin,J. Buelow, C. Fraser, E. Gulick and B.Habermann, “Updated Research Prioritiesfor Neuroscience Nursing,” inJournal of Neuroscience Nursing, 43(3), 1-7; andyywith A.P. Ross, “Nursing Managementof the Adult Patient with MultipleSclerosis,” in the AANN and ARNClinical Practice Guideline Series.Kimberly K. Trout, Ph.D., R.N., adjunctassociate professor; Joanna McGrath,M.S.N., R.N., adjunct clinical assistantprofessor; and Marcia C. Costello, Ph.D.,R.D., LDN, assistant professor, coauthoredwith Villanova faculty membersJill Flanagan, M.A., and Jesse C. Frey, Ph.D.,the article “A Pilot Study to Increase Fruitand Vegetable Intake in Pregnant LatinaWomen” in Journal of Primary Care &Community Health, 3 (1), 2–5.Joyce S. Willens ’83 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.-BC, assistant professor, published threetimes recently in Pain ManagementNursing:yywith D. Jarzyna, C.R. Jungquist,C. Pasero, A. Nisbet, L. Oakes, S.J.Dempsey, D. Santangelo and R.C.Polomano, “American Society for PainManagement Nursing Guidelines onMonitoring for Opioid-induced Sedationand Respiratory Depression,”12 (3), 118-145;y y “Are We Monitoring What We ThinkWe Are Monitoring?,” 12 (3), 61; andy y “ASPMN Continues to Advance theScience of Pain Management,” 12 (2),59-60.FACULTY LEADERSHIPAND ACHIEVEMENTSElizabeth Blunt, Ph.D., R.N., APN-BC,assistant professor and coordinator ofthe Nurse Practitioner Programs,presented:y y “Would Florence Nightingale Use aniPhone?” at the International TrainingConference, “100 Years of Nursing inPoland: Theory and Practice of Nursingin the 21st Century,” organized bythe Institute of Nursing and Midwiferyof the Health Sciences Faculty of theJagiellonian University Medical Collegein Krakow, held in Krakow June2-3, 2011, andy y “Millennium World DevelopmentGoals: What are They and WhyShould You Care?” at the NationalOrganization of Nurse PractitionerFaculties, held in Albuquerque, N.M.,in April 2011.Patricia K. Bradley,Ph.D., R.N., CS, FAAN,associate professor,was inductedas a Fellow into theAmerican Academyof Nursing in October2011. The followingmonth, shereceived the Qualityof Life Award fromBEBASHI, a Philadelphia non-profit witha mission to provide culturally sensitivehealth-related information, directservice, research and technical assistanceto the urban community. BEBASHIrecognized Dr. Bradley for her “tirelesswork on quality of life issues for AfricanAmerican breast cancer survivors.”Linda Carman Copel, Ph.D., R.N.,PMHCNS, BC, CNE, NCC, FAPA, professor,presented three papers:y y “Intimate Partner Violence: CaseStudies of Divided Loyalties in MuslimWomen” at the Sigma Theta TauInternational Honor Society’s 41stBiennial Convention, held in Grapevine,Texas, October 29-November2, 2011;y y “Intimate Partner Violence: Case Studiesof Divided Loyalties” at the AmericanPsychiatric Nurses Association’s25th Annual Conference, “PsychiatricNursing: Quality and Safety throughConnection, Engagement, and Partnership,”held in Anaheim, Calif., inOctober 2011; andy y “Invisible Bruises: The Experience ofVerbal Abuse for Women with Disabilities”at the National Associationof Clinical Nurse Specialists’ AnnualConference, held in Baltimore inMarch 2011.Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, Ph.D, R.N.,associate professor, presented fourpapers:y y “Risky Internet Behaviors of AdolescentsWho Have Contact with OnlineStrangers” at the Sigma Theta TauInternational Honor Society’s 41stBiennial Convention, held in Grapevine,Texas, October 29-November2, 2011;yywith R. Prentky, “Predicting RiskyOutcomes Associated with InternetUse among High School Students”at the 4th International Congress onPsychology and Law, held in Miami inMarch 2011;y y “Youth and Technology: Exploitation,Cyber-bullying, and Sexting” at theU.S. Department of Justice OJJDP’s2011 Conference for Children’s Justiceand Safety, “Unite, Build, Lead,” heldin Washington, D.C., in October 2011;andyywith T.T. Nguyen “Sexting, Cyberbullying,and Risk Taking: Results fromStudent Surveys” at the InauguralNational Strategy Conference onCombating Child Exploitation,Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 21


FACULTY FOCUSsponsored by the U.S. Departmentof Justice and Silicon Valley InternetCrimes Against Children, held in SanJosé, Calif., in May 2011.M. Louise Fitzpatrick, Ed.D., R.N.,FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean andProfessor, was an invited guest andspeaker at the opening plenary sessionof the First International NursingConference, “Innovations in NursingEducation and Practice Leading to QualityCare,” held in the Sultanate of Oman,November 27-29, 2011. The title of herpaper was “Advancing Primary CareThrough the Education of AdvancedPractice Nurses.”Patricia Haynor, Ph.D., R.N., NHA,associate professor and coordinator ofthe B.S.N./M.S.N. Gateway Program forR.N.s, was part of a panel on “ReframingNursing Practice in a World of HealthReform” at a Southeastern PennsylvaniaOrganization of Nurse Leaders’conference on “Implications for NursingPractice under Accountable Care,” heldin Bala Cynwyd, Pa., in November 2011.Tamara M. Kear ’09 Ph.D., R.N., assistantprofessor, presented “Providing Care toHaitian Immigrants Living in the SugarCane Fields in the Dominican Republic”at the Duquesne University School ofNursing’s Rita M. McGinley Symposium,“Face of the Immigrant,” held in Pittsburghin September 2011. Two monthslater she received a research grant fromthe American Nephrology Nurses’ Association(ANNA) to support “HemodialysisCatheter Outcomes: No DressingCoverage and Randomized PrescribedShowering Study.” Dr. Kear is ANNA’srepresentative to the American NursesAssociation’s Work Group on Racismand Diversity. She serves as an invitedmember of the ANNA Research Committee.In January she was appointedas editor of the new evidence-basedpractice column in Nephrology NursingJournal; she is writing the first column.Assistant professors Elizabeth Keech’66 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N. and Ruth McDermott-Levy’96 M.S.N., ’08 Ph.D., R.N.co-presented with other VillanovaUniversity faculty members and students“An Interdisciplinary Programto Influence Health Outcomes in RuralNicaragua,” sponsored by the FriendsAssociation for Higher Education andheld at Bryn Mawr College in June 2011.Bette Mariani ’82 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.,assistant professor, presented:yywith Mary Ann Cantrell ’89 M.S.N.,Ph.D., R.N., CS, associate professor,and Colleen Meakim ’84 M.S.N., R.N.,director of the Learning ResourceCenter, “Structured Debriefing” at the4th Annual Arcadia Summit, “On thePulse of Patient Safety, EducationManagement Solutions,” held at theCollege of Nursing in August 2011;yytwo papers at the Sigma Theta TauInternational Honor Society’s 41stBiennial Convention, held in Grapevine,Texas, October 29-November 2,2011. The first presentation was withAngelina C. Arcamone ’82 B.S.N.,’86 M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., CCE, assistantdean and director of the UndergraduateProgram, and Jennifer A.Cummins ’00 M.S.N., R.N.-BC, CEN,adjunct faculty member, on “Studentand Registered Nursing Staff’s Perceptionsof 12-Hour Clinical Rotationsin an Undergraduate BaccalaureateNursing Program.” The second onewas with D. Cleeter, J. Guenther andM. Clark on “Outcomes and Sustainabilityof the Nurse Faculty MentoredLeadership Development Program.”Colleen Meakim ’84 M.S.N., R.N., directorof the Learning Resource Center,led the development of Standard I:Terminology in the inaugural Standardsof Best Practice in Patient Simulationfor the International Nursing Associationfor Clinical Simulation and Learning(INACSL). These performance standardsfor simulation in health-care educationwere created over a two-year period.Meakim, currently the graduate programrepresentative on INACSL’s Board ofDirectors, at the time represented B.S.N.degree programs. She became a chartermember of the organization in 2003and has served in various roles on itsboard since 2005.Suzanne C. Smeltzer, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN,professor and director of the Center forNursing Research, last September wasawarded the 2011 Alumni Merit Awardfrom St. Louis University’s School ofNursing. In December 2011 she waselected president of the Alliance for Disabilityin Health Care Education to servefrom 2012-2013. Dr. Smeltzer presented:yythe keynote speech, “The Rewardsand Challenges of Working withPeople with Disabilities: What WeNeed to Know,” at a Southern ConnecticutState University School ofNursing conference in New Haven inNovember 2011;yythe keynote speech, “A Passion forResearch and Research for a Passion,”at the 6th Annual Research Day,sponsored by the College of SaintElizabeth in Morristown, N.J., inOctober 2011;yya paper, “Villanova University’s HealthPromotion for Women with DisabilitiesProject,” at the AmericanPsychological Association’s 2011Annual Convention, “Health Promotionin Women with Disabilities:Interdisciplinary Clinical, Research,and Community Perspectives,” held inWashington, D.C., in August 2011;yya paper, “Health Care Access: Nursingand Disability,” at an Association ofUniversity Centers on Disability/Centersfor Disease Control and Preventionconference, held in Chicago inJune 2011;y y “Access to Healthcare for Women andGirls with Disabilities,” at a statewideACHIEVA meeting to identify strategiesto improve health-care accessfor adolescents and women withdisabilities, held in Hershey, Pa., inMarch 2011. ACHIEVA is the umbrellaorganization for the ARCs in this areaas well the largest provider of servicesfor western Pennsylvanians with disabilities.Carol Toussie Weingarten, Ph.D.,R.N., ANEF, associate professor, hasbeen re-appointed chair of the EditorialBoard for Pennsylvania Nurse. Sheco-presented with her husband, Dr.Michael Weingarten, “Taking our OwnAdvice: From Clinicals and Classroomsto Landstuhl Regional Medical Center inGermany,” for faculty advisors and consultantsat the National Student Nurses’Association’s convention, held in SaltLake City, Utah, in April 2011.Joyce S. Willens ’83 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.-BC, assistant professor, has been invitedto serve on the Main Line Health System’sPain Improvement Committee. In2011 she was elected president-elect ofthe American Society for Pain ManagementNursing. •22 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Faculty Share Expertise at National Conferences2011 NLN EDUCATION SUMMITThe following faculty were on the programfor the 2011 National League forNursing (NLN) Education Summit, “LeadingAcademic Progression. Advancingthe Health of the Nation,” held inOrlando, Fla., on September 21-24:yyFrances Amorim, M.S.N., R.N., CCE,coordinator of Clinical Educationand clinical assistant professor, apaper, “Designing Quality ClinicalEducation: Best Practice for StudentAdvancement”;yyMaryanne V. Lieb ’85 M.S.N., R.N.,coordinator of Second DegreeOptions and clinical assistant professor,a paper, “Promoting LeadershipDevelopment in Individuals Underrepresentedin Nursing”;yyCatherine Todd Magel, Ed.D., R.N.-BC, assistant professor, a poster,“Collaborative Learning Experiencesto Promote Collegiality”;yyBette Mariani ’82 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.,clinical assistant professor, a paper,“The Effect of Mentoring on CareerSatisfaction and Intent to Stay in theNursing Profession”;yyJennifer Gunberg Ross ’00 B.S.N.,’05 M.S.N., ’11 Ph.D., R.N., CNE,adjunct clinical faculty member, aposter, “The Effect of SimulationTraining on B.S.N. Students’ Competencyin Intramuscular InjectionCompetency”;yyNancy C. Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN, professor and director of thePh.D. Program in Nursing and chairof NLN’s CNE Commission, a paper,“Get Ready, Get Set, Go Earn YourCNE Credential!”; andyyJodie Szlachta ’11 Ph.D., CRNA,associate program director of theNurse Anesthesia Program, a paper,“The Effect of a Peer-InstructionModel on Nurse Anesthesia StudentLearning in the High-Fidelity PatientSimulator.”CE HOSTS ANOTHERSUCCESSFUL EDUCATORCONFERENCE WITH PNEGThe College of Nursing’s ContinuingEducation (CE) in Nursing and HealthCare is an important program offeringVillanova Nursing faculty and alumni gathering at the NLN Education Summit 2011last September included (from left): Bette Mariani ’82 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., clinicalassistant professor; Angelina C. Arcamone ’82 B.S.N., ’86 M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., CCE,assistant dean and director of the Undergraduate Program; Stephanie Jeffers ’11Ph.D., R.N.; Jodie Szlachta ’11 Ph.D., CRNA, associate program director of the NurseAnesthesia Program; Jennifer Gunberg Ross ’00 B.S.N., ’05 M.S.N., ’11 Ph.D., R.N.,CNE, adjunct clinical faculty member; Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN,professor and director of the Ph.D. Program in Nursing; Maryanne V. Lieb ’85 M.S.N.,R.N., coordinator of Second Degree Options and clinical assistant professor;Colleen Meakim ’84 M.S.N., R.N., director of the Learning Resource Center; andRose O’Driscoll ’64 B.S.N., M.S.N., R.N., assistant dean for Administration.local, regional and national conferencesfor nurses and health-care professionals.In Baltimore on October 20-23, 2011,the successful educator conferenceprovided by Villanova Nursing’s CE staffdrew more than 300 attendees from36 states plus Canada and Singapore.“Advancing and Empowering Nurse Educators:Charting a Course for the Future,”the 38th Annual National Conferenceon Professional Nursing Education andDevelopment, was offered in cooperationwith the Professional Nurse EducatorsGroup (PNEG). Villanova Nursing’s CEprogram also provided the 2010 conferenceand will host the 2012 one this fallin Philadelphia on October 25-28.This CE conference has served as aprominent vehicle for professional nursingeducators in academic, entrepreneurial,continuing education and staffdevelopment positions to strengthentheir roles through learning, sharingand networking. It is the only nationalconference where nursing educators inall settings have an opportunity to learnside-by-side. Villanova Nursing faculty,doctoral students and alumni sharedtheir expertise; among them were thefollowing podium and poster presenters:Presentations:yyElizabeth Blunt, Ph.D., R.N., APN-BC,assistant professor and coordinatorVillanova Nursing | Spring 2012 23


FACULTY FOCUSof the Nurse Practitioner Programs,and Suzanne C. Smeltzer, Ed.D., R.N.,FAAN, professor and director of theCenter for Nursing Research, “Statusof Disability Content in GraduateNursing Education.” Dr. Blunt also wasa panelist for “Bringing StandardizedPatients into Academia: An InnovativeApproach to Standardized PatientRecruitment”;yyMarcia Costello, Ph.D., R.D., LDN,assistant professor, and Denice Ferko-Adams, M.P.H., R.D., LDN, director ofthe MacDonald Center for ObesityPrevention and Education, “TheBiggest Winner: Obesity PreventionEducation for Nurses”;yyRuth Crothers ’10 Ph.D., R.N., GCNS-BC, CNOR, “The History of OrganizedContinuing Nursing Education 1957-1974: Backdrop to Future Directions”;yyKaren Goldschmidt, M.S.N., R.N., Ph.D.student, “With a Little Help from myFriends…the Educator’s Role in EffectiveStudent Study Groups”;yyTamara M. Kear ’09 Ph.D., R.N., CNN,assistant professor, “Exploring theBenefits of Collaboration between theClinical Educator and Coordinator ofClinical Faculty”;yyMaryanne Lieb ’85 M.S.N., R.N., clinicalassistant professor and coordinatorof Second Degree Options, “GoodThings Can Happen to Mediocre Cooks”;yyCatherine Todd Magel, Ed.D., R.N.BC, assistant professor, “CollaborativeLearning Promotes Collegiality”;yyKaren May, M.S.N., R.N., Ph.D. student,“Exploring the Relationship ofGenomics and Environmental Healthwith Senior Baccalaureate NursingStudents”;yyNancy Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN, professor and director of thePh.D. Program in Nursing, “BringingNursing Research to Life with UndergraduateStudents”;yyAnne Vitale ’08 Ph.D., R.N., APRN,BC, “The Use of a Distance LearningMentoring Program to Assist NoviceNurse Educators”; andyyCarol Toussie Weingarten, Ph.D.,R.N., ANEF, associate professor,“Working Smarter: Re-EnvisioningFaculty Roles to Meet Challenges inNursing Education.”Posters:yyMary Ann Cantrell ’89 M.S.N., Ph.D.,R.N., assistant professor; Bette Mariani’82 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., assistantprofessor; and Colleen Meakim’84 M.S.N., R.N., director of the LearningResource Center, “The Role of StructuredDebriefing on Students’ ClinicalJudgment Abilities in Simulation”;yyRuth Crothers ’10 Ph.D., R.N., GCNS-BC, CNOR, “The Development ofOrganized Continuing Educationfor Registered Nurses in the UnitedStates 1957-1974: Challenge for aMaturing Profession”;yyTamara M. Kear ’09 Ph.D., R.N., CNN,assistant professor, “Cross-DisciplinaryLearning Experiences: Implicationsfor Nursing Education”;yyCatherine Todd Magel, Ed.D., R.N.BC, assistant professor, “CurriculumDevelopment for a New Generation ofNursing Educators”;yyElizabeth Romeo ’10 Ph.D., CRNP,FNP-BC, “The Predictive Ability ofCritical Thinking, Nursing GPA andSAT Scores on First Time NCLEX-R.N.Performance”;yyJennifer Gunberg Ross ’00 B.S.N.,’05 M.S.N., ’11 Ph.D., R.N., CNE,adjunct clinical faculty member, “TheEffect of Simulation Training on BaccalaureateNursing Students’ Competencyin Performing IntramuscularInjection”;yyLorraine Rusch ’10 Ph.D., R.N., twoposters, “Exploring BaccalaureateNursing Students’ Experiences withClinical Preparation, Clinical Reasoning,and Decision Making” and“Preceptor Perceptions of StudentReadiness for Preceptorship: A CurriculumEvaluation Modality”; andyyCarol Toussie Weingarten, Ph.D., R.N.,ANEF, associate professor, “Low Cost,High Impact Simulation for Leadershipand Professional Developmentin Undergraduate Nursing Education:Achieving Essential Outcomes Throughthe Student Nurses’ Association.”ENRS 24TH ANNUALSCIENTIFIC SESSIONSThis spring, faculty and doctoralprogram alumni presented their scholarlywork at the 24th Annual EasternNursing Research Society (ENRS) 24thAnnual Scientific Sessions, held in NewHaven, Conn., March 28-30.Presentations:yyMary Ann Cantrell ’89 M.S.N., Ph.D.,R.N., associate professor, “AlcoholConsumption and Smoking Ratesbetween Survivors of Childhood Cancerand Matched Cohorts Surveyed inthe Adolescent Health Study”;yyNancy Sharts-Hopko, Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN, professor and director of thePh.D. Program in Nursing, “The Associationof Self-Reported Vision Statuswith Obesity, Diabetes, CardiovascularDisease, and Health Risk BehaviorsAmong Adult Women Respondentsto the 2008 National Health InterviewSurvey”;yySuzanne C. Smeltzer, Ed.D., R.N.,FAAN, professor and director of theCenter for Nursing Research, “Integrationof Disability-Related Content inNurse Practitioner Programs.” Coauthorsof the paper are ElizabethBlunt, Ph.D., R.N., ANP, BC, assistantprofessor and coordinator of NursePractitioner Programs; Lisa Wetzel-Effinger ’08 M.S.N., R.N.; and HeatherMarozsan ’10 M.S.N., R.N., CNP;yyJanet Fogg ’11 Ph.D., RNC-NIC, CNE,“Stress, Coping, and Social Supportfor Single, Unpartnered Mothers ofInfants in the NICU”;yySuzanne Foley ’11 Ph.D., R.N., WHNP-BC, “A Fresh Look at the PostpartumPeriod: New Mothers’ Needs Duringthe First Months at Home”; andyyStephanie Jeffers ’11 Ph.D., R.N.,“Nurse Faculty Perspectives of End-of-Life Education in the Clinical Setting:A Phenomenological Perspective.”Poster:y y Bing Bing Qi ’94 M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.,assistant professor, “A Validation ofthe Self-Reported Exercise Measurein a Self-Efficacy Enhanced OsteoporosisPrevention Program amongChinese Immigrants.” •24 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATIONBelieving in MissionFor John and Pamela Cembrook,some choices are obvious. Find amission congruent with their own,embracing the ideal of service to others,and act on it. For that reason, these parentsof a Villanova University alumna (Allissa’11 A&S, who majored in mathematicswith a minor in business) and two currentNursing students (Samantha, a junior, andJacqueline, a freshman) have felt a strongaffinity both for Villanova and the Collegeof Nursing. In 2011 they established thePamela M. and John W. Cembrook FamilyEndowed Scholarship, which will providefinancial support for Nursing students withdemonstrated academic merit and financialneed. The first scholarship will be awardedin fall 2012.Giving back is a belief emblematic ofthis Bernardsville, N.J., family. John Cembrookis managing director of the TechnologyDivision of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.Pamela is former president of Friends ofMatheny and a current board member forthe Matheny Medical and Education Centerin Peapack, N.J., a special hospital andeducational facility for medically complexchildren and adults with developmentaldisabilities. Since 2008, they have servedon Villanova’s Parents Executive Committee.Additionally, Pamela serves on theCollege of Nursing Board of Consultors.“The Villanova community has becomean important part of our lives and enrichedthe lives of our daughters,” they explain.Pamela and John Cembrook are the parents of three daughters who are Villanovans:(from left) Allissa ’11 A&S, Samantha and Jacqueline, both of whom are Nursing students.“We feel very fortunate to be in a positionto give back to the Villanova communityand help current and future students.”The missions of the University and theCollege speak to the Cembrooks. “Fromour first experiences at Villanova, we feltthere was something special and uniqueabout the University,” they note. “With thebalance of outstanding academics, schoolspirit and an institution that goes far tohelp others, we felt that this was the bestplace for our girls. Veritas, Unitas, Caritasare not just words at Villanova, they area way of life. We feel a strong affinity forthese principles.”Not ones to stand on the sidelines, theCembrooks actively engage in service andhave similar expectations of their daughters.Samantha and Jacqueline, having had“extensive and wonderful experiences”working with children with disabilities atthe Matheny center while in high school,truly desired “to help those in need,”Pamela explains. Her daughters chose theCollege of Nursing because “Villanova’sNursing program is exceptional and ishighly regarded throughout the medicalfield and the nursing profession,” she notes.The couple chose to benefit Nursing studentswith the new scholarship. Why? Forthe Cembrooks, the reason is clear: “Wefeel it is very important to help give futurestudents the ability to attend Villanova’sCollege of Nursing and have the samewonderful experiences and educationalopportunities our daughters are having.” •Four New Scholarships FundedThe David and Christine Clark ’94Endowed Scholarship was established in2011 by David N. (’94 A&S) and ChristineButler (’94 B.S.N.) Clark. It will offerfinancial support to students enrolled inthe College of Nursing who have demonstratedacademic merit and financialneed. The first award will be in fall 2012.The Richard W. and Martha B. CoyleNursing Scholarship was establishedby Dick and Martha Coyle in 2011 tobe awarded annually to an undergraduateNursing student with demonstratedacademic merit and financial need, withemphasis on leadership and service to theCollege. Their daughter, Becky Coyle ’07B.S.N., is now a nurse practitioner.The Dean’s Nursing Scholarship wasestablished in 2011 by an anonymousalumni donor to assist undergraduate Nursingstudents who demonstrate academicmerit and financial need. Additional contributionsto the fund may be made by interestedpeople or organizations at any time.Mike ’67 A&S and Terry ’67 B.S.N.(Wilson) Mruz contributed doctoral scholarshipsupport to the College of Nursingto provide financial assistance, leadershipdevelopment, health policy immersion andmentoring to two students, and additionalfunding for conference/seminar opportunities.The awards are in partnership withthe Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence’sNurse Leaders Scholarship Program andwill be available for award in 2012. •Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 25


SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATIONDonors and Students Meet One Another at Scholarship BreakfastSpecial friends of the College ofNursing make possible the educationof many future Villanovanurses. Scholarship recipients and theirfamilies had a chance to meet and thanktheir generous donors, as well as sharetheir Villanova stories, at the annualScholarship Breakfast in Driscoll Hall, heldon September 17, 2011, during VillanovaUniversity’s Parents’ Weekend.The Robert and Frances Capone ScholarshipJohn Barrow, junior, Bryn Mawr, Pa.Beatrice A. Chase ’54 Scholarship for NursingVictoria R. Steiner, sophomore,Syracuse, N.Y.Richard W. and Martha B. Coyle NursingScholarshipSinead C. Kemmy, senior, Norwood, Mass.The Frances Farrell D’Ambrisi EndowedNursing ScholarshipKarli Miller, freshman, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.Makenzie Miller, freshman, Morrestown, N.J.The Eastwood Family Nursing ScholarshipSarah E. Sheerin, junior, Lancaster, Pa.Stephanie J. Gailor, junior, Lancaster, Pa.The Eastwood Family Nursing Scholarshipand PPJOC Endowed University ScholarshipDeAnna M. DelGaiso, senior, PhiladelphiaThe Linda D. and James W. Eastwood ’68Family Endowed Nursing ScholarshipCaitlin B. Rhoades, senior, Glassboro, N.J.The Memorial Endowment Fund of Margaret S.and Jeremiah J. EnrightCatherine J. Capozzola, senior, Delmar, N.Y.Melissa Pfeifer, freshman,Plymouth Meeting, Pa.The Daniel M. and Christine A. FinneganEndowed Nursing Scholarship in Memory ofEileen S. Lupton ’03Christine V. Bochanski, junior,Lansdowne, Pa.The Eileen Greyson Hoffman ’61 Scholarshipfor NursingJessica Lee, junior, Albany, N.Y.The College’s fall 2011 scholarship recipients include (front row, from left) Hana Lee,Esther Lee, Jessica Lee, Sarah Sheerin, Carolyn Peng, Mackenzie Miller, Ashley Phillips,Maggie Wang, Melissa Pfeifer, Katherine Conte, Christine V. Bochanski (back row,from left) Shakia Blount, John Barrow, Stephanie J. Gailor, Andrew E. Masiello, LaurenA. Robinson, Catherine J. Capozzola, Sinead C. Kemmy, Marie E. McClure, Zoe Gasparotti,Jennifer Warren, Lisa J. Rivera, Karli Miller, Caitlin B. Rhoades, Victoria Steinerand DeAnna DelGaiso. Not pictured: Jolyssa Lewis.Mary Alice Holland Memorial ScholarshipKatherine Conte, junior, Glen Mills, Pa.The Kreider Family Endowed UniversityScholarshipMaggie Wang, junior, PhiladelphiaThe Eileen S. Lupton ’03 Endowed MemorialScholarshipMarie E. McClure, junior, Coatesville, Pa.Gerald M. and Carolyn A. Miller FamilyScholarshipCarolyn Peng, junior, PhiladelphiaThe Mother Teresa Endowed Nursing ScholarshipEstablished by Peter and Colleen Schleiderin Memory of Richard and Ellen WrightEsther Lee, freshman, Fullerton, Calif.Lauren A. Robinson, junior, Avondale, Pa.Theresa Wilson and Michael J. MruzScholarship in NursingLisa J. Rivera, senior, Brick, N.J.The Mary V. O’Donnell Endowed UniversityScholarshipHana Lee, senior, Ridgefield, N.J.The Col. Julia B. Paparella and Dr. BenedictA. Paparella Endowed Scholarship for NursingMarie E. McClure, senior, Coatesville, Pa.The Pizzi Family Nursing ScholarshipJolyssa Lewis, freshman, PhiladelphiaThe Pompizzi Family Endowed Scholarshipfor NursingZoe Gasparotti, junior, Cockeysville, Md.The Alexis Rosenberg Foundation EndowedScholarshipJennifer Warren, freshman, Stoneham, Mass.Shakia Blount, junior, PhiladelphiaThe Margaret Mary Starzynski MemorialFund ScholarshipAndrew E. Masiello, senior,Staten Island, N.Y.Ashley Phillips, freshman,Maplewood, N.J.For more information regarding donation toscholarship funds or other opportunities withinthe College of Nursing, contact Sue Stein,University advancement officer for the College,at (610) 519-7980 or by e-mail atsue.stein@villanova.edu. •26 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


ALUMNI FOCUS“Forever Family” Creates Network of International InspirationThere is a family in southern New Jersey’sLogan Township that can’t helpbut inspire each other and the largerworld. Adam Boroughs ’92 B.S.N., R.N. isa clinical nurse III in the Trauma-SurgicalICU at the Hospital of the University ofPennsylvania in Philadelphia. Seeing hopeand changing lives is part of his daily practice.But his world-changing begins at home.Boroughs came to the College of Nursingas an undergraduate with unique experience.Six of his siblings were adopted,and four of them had special needs. ForBoroughs, the most influential amongthem was Sherita. She was born prematurewith Down syndrome and cardiac andairway problems requiring mechanical ventilation.Along with his parents, Boroughsas a teen-ager was trained in ventilatorcare. “My parents are amazing people,” heshares. Sherita, who died suddenly duringhis junior year, remains a major influenceon his life. His own impact on nursingbegan during those years. Boroughs was anoutstanding leader in the Villanova Chapterof the Student Nurses’ Association ofPennsylvania, serving as a board memberand a delegate to the national convention,among other activities.His experience at Villanova Universitythen inspired his mother, who had delayedher dream of a nursing career until she hadraised her children. Deborah Boroughs’95 B.S.N., R.N. followed her son to theCollege of Nursing and graduated withhonors. She is currently the administratorof the Ventilator Assisted Children’s HomeProgram, a Pennsylvania Department ofHealth program in collaboration with TheChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia andChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.Boroughs soon found himself beingsought after and promoted like a star athlete,beginning in Philadelphia. “I cut my teethat Einstein [Medical Center] in the pediatricICU and then was recruited to the emergencydepartment,” he says. There, he became theinterim nurse manager before being recruitedto head the New England Medical Center’sEmergency Department in Boston in 1997.The Boroughs family, joined in faith, love and advocacy, celebrated Christmas 2011together: (front row, from left): Irina (6), Luke (6), Ivan (13), Blair (8), Sam (6) (backrow, from left) Shaquanah (20), Caroline (14), Albertine (15), Zoe (16), Freddie (16),Amy Boroughs and her husband, Adam Boroughs ’92 B.S.N., R.N.Along the way, he had met his futurewife, Amy, a foster care social worker.On their first date, she told him of herplan to adopt Shaquanah, a little girl whoinitially was one of her emergency caseloadplacements. Amy, who had fallen in lovewith Shaquanah over a year’s time, wasthrilled to hear that Adam not only had sixadopted siblings but wanted to adopt someday. Married in January 1994, about twoyears later they had twins Freddie and Zoe(now 16), and a few years after that, theirdaughter Caroline was born.When they returned to Philadelphia in2000, Boroughs worked as an emergencydepartment staff nurse and soon becamemanager. In 2004 he was promoted todirector of Physician Marketing for Penn’sHealth System. With the realization of jobsuccess came a push from within to expandthe family. The Boroughs, a family ofstrong faith, on Father’s Day 2004 listenedto their pastor talk about adoption. Aftercontemplation, research on internationalopportunities and always rememberingSherita, they were moved to adopt Ivan,and shortly thereafter, Blair, two boys fromHong Kong who have Down syndrome.“Amazing and inspirational,” says Boroughsof their sons. In 2007 the couplebecame aware of Albertine, a young girlfrom war-torn Liberia with sequelae from“The last four childrenwe adopted were totalthrowaway citizens in theirhome countries. It is heartbreakingand challenging todeal with these issues butlove does truly conquer all.”—Adam Boroughs’92 B.S.N., R.N.cerebral malaria. Amy describes Albertineas having “seen and experienced the veryworst that life can be,” though today she isan enthusiastic student whose memories ofher parentless days of struggle are “fadingto the past.”Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 27


ALUMNI FOCUSGREETINGS FROM THE NURSING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTDear Fellow Alumni,It has been another busy and successfulyear for us, but first a little of the back story.The Nursing Alumni Association(NAA) board is, and has always been, aloyal and hardworking group. Over timewe have tried a variety of ways to connect,engage and communicate with Nursingalumni. We’ve had some successes andchallenges. Two years ago, we embarkedon what a marketing person mightdescribe as a “re-branding” campaign.We updated the association’s name,developed a strategic plan and aligned ourgoals with the College of Nursing andVillanova University to reach alumnimore widely and, more importantly,in a sustainable way. This summer, werecruited six new board members whorepresent a diversity of professional skills,experiences and class years:yyColleen Avery ’09 B.S.N.yySharon Johnson ’91 M.S.N.yyMary Ellen Lorenz ’83 B.S.N.yyMary Reale ’77 B.S.N., ’91 M.S.N.yyJeanne Venella ’82 B.S.N.yyKelly Zazyczny ’94 B.S.N., ’11 M.S.N.We have had three meetings with ourexpanded board and the energy, enthusiasmand ideas have been amazing andinfectious. We have plans to establishrelationships earlier with undergrads, usesocial media effectively (even for those ofus who didn’t grow up with it) and holdsocial events in different venues, as wellas continue our support of the AnnualAlumni Mass and Awards Ceremony,Continuing Education events and theAnnual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing.NAA dues support a variety ofinitiatives—graduate and undergraduatefinancial awards and even our presencehere on campus.Our office in Driscoll Hall is a resultof our pledge during the constructionof the building. We need you to partnerwith us as we continue to support theCollege of Nursing, and each other, inthese ways. Visit our Web pages atwww.villanova.edu/nursing, where youcan renew your membership online andalso contact board members to shareideas. “Like” us on Facebook (VillanovaUniversity Nursing Alumni Association)and make sure we have your currente-mail address to keep up with news.We are always interested in what youhave to say!Joanne F. Gurney ’71 B.S.N.,’88 M.S.N., R.N.President, Nursing Alumni AssociationThat year, further inspiration came outof tragedy. “In 2007, my oldest daughter,Shaquanah, was severely injured whenher school bus was broadsided. She wasejected from the bus, respiratory arrestedand was resuscitated,” recalls Boroughs.After nine weeks of hospitalization, shemade a miraculous recovery and returnedto school five months later. During thattime, Boroughs had what he calls a “JerryMaguire experience,” referencing the moviecharacter’s career shift. So he returned tobedside care and has been happy with thedecision ever since.Opportunities continued to cross thefamily’s path. When no one respondedto an urgent plea to find a family for aUkrainian toddler with special needs, aftermuch thought Amy and Adam decided toadopt Luke, and shortly thereafter, Irina.Both toddlers were on the cusp of turning 4.Boroughs explains, “In Eastern Europe,orphans with special needs are transferredto mental institutions once they turn 4years old. The conditions in these institutionsare horrific, and it is estimated that60 percent of the children die within thefirst year of institutionalization.”During their first trip to Ukraine, thecouple met Sam, a child with spina bifida;his expected adoption had not worked out.The Boroughs happily brought Sam intotheir clan as well. “The last four childrenwe adopted were total throwaway citizens intheir home countries. It is heart-breaking andchallenging to deal with these issues but lovedoes truly conquer all,” says Boroughs. “Theamount of love returned from our guys is theeasiest part.” He describes his wife as “amazinglycompassionate,” adept at “creating calmfrom chaos” in the home. Boroughs, inherentlya teacher, knows that he has learnedfrom his family—about the enrichment ofbringing children into their “forever family,”the strength of a marriage and most of allthat “God doesn’t make mistakes.”The same leadership drive that Boroughscultivated in the College of Nursing and thatserves him professionally also galvanizes him toeducate others about adoption. The Boroughspromote resources such as reecesrainbow.org,which facilitates the adoption of children withspecial needs. They are starting an orphanministry at their church. “Our goal is to raiseawareness of orphans and identify ways tohelp make a difference,” he says.Melding his professional talents withpersonal passions, Boroughs continues toreach out to the most vulnerable aroundthe world, including in Haiti following theearthquake. “I just recently got back fromBulgaria,” he says, “where I got the opportunityto transfer a severely neglected orphanedchild with Down syndrome; she weighedjust over 10 pounds at age 9.” (Read her newfamily’s story at theblessingofverity.com).Today, Boroughs easily relates hisendeavors to his Nursing experience,noting “Villanova instilled a sense ofservice—an acute awareness of how muchresponsibility we have for others.”•28 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


NURSING ALUMNI NOTES1960sTara Siegal Cortes ’67 B.S.N., Ph.D.,R.N., FAAN was honored as a New YorkWomen’s Agenda (NYWA) 2011 STARin December 2011. NYWA is a coalitionof women professionals, organizationsand community activists who supportthe diversity and interests of New Yorkwomen through collaboration, advocacyand education. Dr. Cortes, executivedirector of the Hartford Institutefor Geriatric Nursing and professor ofgeriatric nursing at New York University’sCollege of Nursing, was honoredfor exemplifying the qualities embodiedin NYWA’s mission through her worksupporting healthy aging in place andpromoting access of care to vulnerablepopulations.PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSE HONOREDThree Nursing alumnae at TheChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia(CHOP) were amongthose gathering for a photoafter Patricia Danz ’82 B.S.N.,R.N., CPON (right) received a“Pitcher of Hope” award. Withher are Ellen Tracy ’81 B.S.N., ’97M.S.N. (left), director of Medicaland Subspecialty Nursing,and Madeline McCarthy Bell ’83B.S.N. (center), president andchief operating officer of CHOP.All three are recipients of theCollege of Nursing Medallion.1970sDorrie Fontaine ’72 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN this April in Baltimore will receivethe 2012 University of Maryland Schoolof Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award,recognizing her excellence in nursing.She earned her master’s degree there.At the University of Virginia School ofNursing, Dr. Fontaine serves as deanand the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professorof Nursing. Former president of theAmerican Association of Critical CareNurses, the largest specialty nursingorganization in the world, she is a passionateeducator and researcher whoadvocates and leads in areas such asinterprofessional education and shapinga transformational model to providecompassionate end-of-life care acrossthe health-care spectrum.Frances R. Vlasses ’72 B.S.N., Ph.D.,R.N., FAAN, ANEF, NEA-BC last fall wasinducted as a Fellow into the AmericanAcademy of Nursing and also inductedinto the National League for Nursing’sAcademy of Nursing Education. AtLoyola University Chicago, Dr. Vlasses isan associate professor and departmentchair at the Marcella Niehoff School ofNursing. Her research focuses on creatinghealthy work environments, interprofessionalcollaboration and quality of lifefor individuals with disabilities. She publishesand speaks on issues related to thePatricia Danz ’82 B.S.N., R.N., CPON isa clinical nurse IV and certified pediatriconcology nurse in the Oncology Clinic atThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia(CHOP). She received the “Pitcher ofHope Award” at CHOP on June 10, 2011,the fifth recipient of this honor institutedas part of the Alex’s Lemonade Standkick-off in June. The award honors aclinician who has demonstrated commitmentand service to the oncology populationover time. Alex’s Lemonade StandFoundation, which has raised more than$50 million, continues the efforts begunwhen 4-year-old Alexandra Scott, whodied at age 8, and her brother set up alemonade stand in Philadelphia to raisemoney for pediatric cancer research.quality of nursing work life and creativestrategies for health-care leadership.Nancy Munro ’75 B.S.N., an acutecare nurse practitioner at the NationalInstitutes of Health Clinical Center, inDecember 2011 was named one of 10recipients of Washingtonian magazine’s2011 Excellence in Nursing Award. Innaming her a “Health Hero,” the magazinenoted, “Munro pioneered the roleof acute-care nurse practitioner atWashington Hospital Center and atDanz was one of the nurses whocared for Alex, as well as for many otheroncology patients during her almost 30years at CHOP. For 11 years she workedwith the first formal Palliative Care Serviceand was able to coordinate the careof hundreds of patients whose familieschoose to have them die at home. Forthe last 10 years, she has been workingin the outpatient oncology clinic ina leadership role while still providingdirect patient care. Danz’s nominationcame from a number of leaders in theoncology division, among them EllenTracy ’81 B.S.N., ’97 M.S.N., directorof Medical and Subspecialty Nursing.Tracy, a longtime colleague and friend,presented the award.NIH, persuading physicians that nursepractitioners could care for patientswith complex, life-threatening diseases.”At NIH’s clinical research center, Munrois the senior nurse practitioner in theCritical Care Medicine Departmentand serves on the Pulmonary ConsultService. She also is a clinical instructorin the Acute Care Nursing Practitioner/ClinicalNurse Specialist GraduateProgram at the University of MarylandSchool of Nursing in Baltimore. She hasmade significant contributions to theVillanova Nursing | Spring 2012 29


ALUMNI FOCUSAmerican Association of Critical-CareNurses, serving on its national Boardof Directors and chairing various workgroups that have written standards forcare delivery and identified importanteducation topics.1980sKaren Javie’87 M.S.N., R.N.,of Philadelphia,in August 2011was appointed asvice president ofOperations at MercyFitzgerald Hospitalin Darby, Pa. She has25 years of experienceas a health-care executive in acutecare and ambulatory care settings withacademic teaching and communityfacilities.1990sJeanne JelligAlhusen ’93 B.S.N.,Ph.D., FNP-BCearned a Ph.D. fromthe Johns HopkinsUniversity’s School ofNursing in 2011. Shewas awarded an NIHNRSA predoctoraltraining grant to fundher dissertation research, which focusedon disparities in neonatal outcomes. Shehas authored several articles and bookchapters on disparities in maternalchildhealth, and has presented at manynational and international meetings. Sheis currently a postdoctoral research fellowat the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.After completing her fellowship, she willbecome an assistant professor at the Universityof Virginia School of Nursing. Dr.Alhusen lives in Severna Park, Md., withher husband and four young children.Susan Kilroy ’95 B.S.N., R.N., nursingclinical educator, facilitated a shadowday at La Rabida Children’s Hospital inChicago in January for Villanova Nursingsenior Maeve Boyle.Evelyn Dogbey ’96 B.S.N., Ph.D., APRN,BC in August 2011 became an assistantprofessor of nursing at MisericordiaUniversity in Dallas, Pa.Elizabeth “Liz” Schmidt Rodriguez ’98B.S.N., D.N.P., R.N. is a nurse leader atMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centerin New York City. She earned her Doctorof Nursing Practice degree from DukeUniversity in May 2010, where she waspresented with the “Outstanding DNPCapstone Award” for her project. Shepublished with B. Thom and S. Schneiderabout the project, “Nurse and PhysicianPerspectives on Patients with CancerHaving Online Access to Their LaboratoryResults,” in the July 2011 OncologyNursing Forum, (38) 4, 476-482.SISTERS GRADUATE TOGETHER AS PNPSMany adult learners appreciate thebenefits of the “buddy system” whenreturning to school. Being able to sharethe challenges of advanced educationas life swirls around you can mitigatestress and aid learning. It’s not oftenthat family members can connect in thisway but two sisters proved its worthby graduating together with master’sdegrees in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner(PNP) specialty. Reflecting on theirexperience at the College of Nursing,the sisters were all smiles at the 2011Winter Convocation on December 14.Laurie Wittmer ’06 B.S.N., ’11 M.S.N.,R.N. (right) as an undergraduate hadbecome familiar with Villanova Universityand was thinking about graduateschool. When her sister, Lyndsy Wittmer’11 M.S.N., R.N. (left), approached herabout pursuing the PNP specialty, sherealized they could attain a huge goaltogether and keep each other motivated.Both are interested in clinicalcare as well as education in their futurecareers.2000sJennifer A. Cummins ’00 M.S.N., R.N.-BC, CEN in May 2011 was named the2011 “Nurse of the Year” at Riddle Hospitalin Media, Pa.Tyonne Hinson ’01 M.S.N., R.N. in spring2011 was promoted to director of NeonatalNursing Services at The Children’sHospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She hasmore than 12 years of clinical and administrativeexperience in newborn intensivecare. CHOP noted that in Hinson’s mostrecent position as nurse manager of theHarriett and Ronald Nassin NI/ICU, shehas demonstrated exceptional leadershipin the growth of the program andin developing strong interdisciplinaryand nursing teams that have resulted indemonstrated clinical outcomes.30 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Do You Have News to Share?Stay in touch—tell us about yourlatest job, award and other news.Contact Ann Barrow McKenzie’86 B.S.N., ’91 M.S.N., R.N.Phone: (610) 519-6814E-mail: ann.mckenzie@villanova.edu.Bridgette CarterBrawner ’03 B.S.N.,Ph.D., APRN, DistinguishedPostdoctoralFellow at the Universityof PennsylvaniaSchool of Nursing’sCenter for HealthEquity Research, hasreceived a $932,129,four-year grant fromthe federal Centers for Disease Controlfor her study “HIV/STI Preventionamong Heterosexually-Active BlackAdolescents with Mental Illnesses.”Notes Dr. Brawner, “I am humbled andhonored by this opportunity to havea significant impact on the HIV/STIlandscape in Philadelphia.” Becauseadolescents with mental illnesses area historically underserved group withrespect to HIV/STI prevention, and blackadolescents in particular are disproportionatelyaffected, she hopes to generatedata to address unique unmet riskreduction needs, partner with communitystakeholders to deliver a novelintervention in a nontraditional settingembedded in the community and informmental health policy through her work.Dr. Brawner was featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 Villanova Nursing article“Fast Track to Excellence.”Manar Al-Azzam ’04 M.S.N., Ph.D. inAugust 2011 successfully defended herdissertation at the University of Iowa,“Arab Immigrant Muslim Mothers’ Perceptionsof Attention Deficit HyperactivityDisorder (ADHD).” Dr. Al-Azzam,who is from Jordan, returned home toteach psychiatric mental health nursingat Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing atAl albayt University in Mafraq.Laura Berry ’06 B.S.N., R.N. hostedVillanova Nursing senior Bridget Carrollduring a shadow day at MassachusettsGeneral Hospital in Boston.Amy Witkoski Stimpfel ’06 B.S.N.,Ph.D., R.N. graduated in May 2011 with aPh.D. from the University of PennsylvaniaSchool of Nursing. Her dissertation was“The Impact of Hospital Staff Nurse ShiftLength on Nurse and Patient Outcomes.”She continues at Penn’s Center forHealth Outcomes and Policy Research asa postdoctoral research fellow.Navy Ensign Michelle Barba ’10 B.S.N.,R.N. is serving with the U.S. Navy NurseCorps at NAS Jacksonville Naval MedicalCenter’s maternal-infant unit.Alison Spicer ’11 B.S.N., R.N., a staffnurse at the University of Virginia Children’sHospital, practices on an acutecare/PICU stepdown unit. She looks forwardto starting graduate school soon.Janet Fogg ’11 Ph.D., RNC-NIC, CNEis an instructor in the undergraduateand graduate programs in Penn StateUniversity’s School of Nursing. She wasappointed to the graduate faculty inSeptember 2011 and has been workingon the curricula for new master’s degreeprograms for nurse educators and nurseadministrators.In Memoriam:Alumni and FriendsJ. M. Ada Mutch,M.A., R.N., an icon onPhiladelphia’s MainLine, died in Rosemont,Pa., on January27, two weeksbefore her 107thbirthday. Althoughnot an alumna of theCollege of Nursing,she was a longtimefriend. In 2005 the College awarded hera Medallion for her outstanding leadershipin nursing and her volunteer serviceto the community.A graduate of what was then theColumbia-Presbyterian Hospital Schoolof Nursing, she earned her bachelor’sand master’s degrees from TeachersCollege, Columbia University. Followingservice in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps,she was associate director of nursingat Columbia-Presbyterian before herappointment as director of nursing atLankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa.Her father, the Rev. Andrew Mutch, pastorof Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church,emigrated from Scotland when she wasa small child. She was known for hermany community, church and professionalcontributions, especially to theNurses Educational Funds, Inc.Brig. Gen. (Ret.)Hazel Johnson’59 B.S.N., Ph.D. diedin Wilmington, Del.,on August 5, 2011, atthe age of 84, followinga long illness. Sheis interred at ArlingtonNational Cemetery.She was thefirst African-Americanwoman to hold the rank of general in theU.S. Army and the first African Americanto hold the position of chief nurse of theU.S. Army Nurse Corps. She served onthe Villanova University Board of Trustees,and Villanova and two other universitiesawarded her honorary degrees. TheCollege of Nursing honored her in 1984 asone of the first recipients of the Medallionfor Distinguished Achievement. At Nursing’sConvocation each year for graduatingstudents, the College presents theHazel Johnson Leadership Award.A native of West Chester, Pa., shegraduated from Harlem Hospital Schoolof Nursing; earned her bachelor’s degreein Nursing from Villanova; a master’sdegree from Teachers College, ColumbiaUniversity; and her doctorate from TheCatholic University of America. She servedin Korea and developed an educationalprogram for Army nurses at the Universityof Maryland.Following her retirement from theArmy, she directed the GovernmentAffairs office at the headquarters of theAmerican Nurses Association, then hada distinguished academic career, teachingin the graduate nursing programat George Mason University. She wasfeatured in the Spring 2006 VillanovaNursing. This pioneering Villanovanepitomized the Army slogan “Be all youcan be.” She communicated that messageto hundreds of nurses whom she mentoredwith purpose and a memorablesense of humor.Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012 31


ALUMNI FOCUSLt. Col. (Ret.) Mildred Wetzel’59 B.S.N., of Largo, Fla., died onNovember 19, 2011. Serving with theU.S. Army Nurse Corps during WorldWar II, she experienced hospital shipduty in both the Atlantic and Pacifictheaters. During the Korean War, sheserved in the Air Force and during theVietnam War was with the PennsylvaniaAir National Guard, retiring with therank of lieutenant colonel. Her civiliancareer included service with VA medicalcenters in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.Her life showed a great love ofGod, country, family and friends.Kathleen Faircloth ’70 B.S.N., of BoyntonBeach, Fla., died on December 7,2011, after a long battle with polycystickidney disease. She had practiced formore than 35 years as a nurse in NewJersey and in Boynton Beach.Maureen Kudrewicz Fuchs ’72 B.S.N.,of West Chester, Pa. died at home onJanuary 26 after a battle with cancer.Dorrie Fontaine ’72 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N.,FAAN describes her Villanova Nursingroommate and friend as having loved“all things Villanova.”Kelly Jolee Nekola ’06 B.S.N., R.N.,of Lincoln, Neb., died October 18, 2011.She practiced as a vascular operatingroom nurse at the Hospital of the Universityof Pennsylvania in Philadelphiaand at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale,Ariz. She most recently was a travelingoperating room nurse.Carolyn Peluso ’09 M.S.N., CRNA, ofMarlton, N.J., died suddenly on January23. She earned her master’s degreefrom the Villanova University/Crozer-Chester School of Nurse Anesthesia.She remained at Crozer-Chester MedicalCenter to practice in the Departmentof Anesthesiology and PerioperativeMedicine as an employee of Associatesin Anesthesia, Inc. where she was considereda “beloved and valued member”of the team. •Network with us on Linkedin!Looking to connect professionallywith other members of theVillanova Nursing family on Linkedin?First join Linkedin,then join our subgroup“Villanova Alumni in Nursing”(note that when you click to join,you will also be part of the“Official Villanova University AlumniAssociation Network” group).You do not have to be a Villanovan ora graduate to join, though to be partof the VUAA group, you need to beconnected to Villanova in some way—alum, student, faculty, staff, parent,friend of the University.See you on Linkedin!Don’t Miss Out on News and Updates from the CollegeThe College of Nursing is moving more and more to electroniccommunications. Without your e-mail address, we cannot provide youwith important information about your alma mater. The College uses theVillanova University alumni database, so your update will go to that office.It’s quick and easy by any of these methods:1PHONECall 1-800-VILLANOVA(1-800-845-5266)2E-MAILSend an e-mail toalumni@villanova.edu3ONLINEUpdate your Nova Networkprofile information online atwww.alumniconnections.com/villanovaWe look forward to staying in touch with you!32 Villanova Nursing | Spring 2012


Visiting with Nursing’s Navy and Army ROTC students last November were (front row seated, from second on left) Capt. BetsyMyhre, Dean Fitzpatrick, Gen. (Ret.) Anthony Zinni ’65 VSB, Rear Adm. (Ret.) Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler ’74 B.S.N., and Capt.Maryalice Morro ’83 B.S.N. In the back row on the left are Patricia Mynaugh, Ph.D., R.N. and Barbara Ott, Ph.D., R.N., both of whomare associate professors in the College of Nursing.Military Alumni Share Their Wisdom with StudentsIn November 2011, Gen. (Ret.) AnthonyC. Zinni ’65 VSB, retired four-starMarine Corps general and formercommander in chief of the United StatesCentral Command, spent a week atVillanova University as a scholar-inresidence.His arrival brought togethermilitary alumni and students for a uniqueopportunity to share perspectives.The College of Nursing invited Gen.Zinni to speak as part of its 17th AnnualHealth and Human Values Lecture Series.In an overflowing room of students, faculty,staff, military colleagues and communitymembers, he addressed “The GlobalHumanitarian Missions of the U.S. Military.”Gen. Zinni discussed the military’sinvolvement in disaster relief missions andcomplex humanitarian missions over thelast two decades.Among the military colleagues in attendancewere two members of the College’sBoard of Consultors and prior recipientsof the College of Nursing’s Medallion forleadership: Rear Adm. (Ret.) Christine M.Bruzek-Kohler ’74 B.S.N., recently retiredcommander of Navy Medicine West andformer director of the Navy Nurse Corpsand now executive director, HealthcareOperations Joint Task Force, National CapitalRegion, and Capt. Maryalice Morro’83 B.S.N., chief executive officer/regionalchief of staff, Navy Medicine East. Theyjoined Gen. Zinni for lunch with Armyand Navy ROTC students, generously sharingtime and stories. A Navy Nurse Corpscolleague of Adm. Bruzek-Kohler’s, Capt.Betsy Myhre, also attended.Gen. Zinni relayed his keen appreciationof nurses and corpsmen, which startedwhen he was twice wounded in Vietnam.Today when he visits wounded warriors, hetalks about the positive impact of nurses,especially when they care for the wholeperson and family. During his tour of theDriscoll Hall simulation labs, the distinguishedmilitary nurses spoke with thestudents, offering to continue the conversationin the future.Adm. Bruzek-Kohler notes of theseconversations, “Future Navy nurses couldspeak freely with their ‘seniors’ abouttheir expectations, and we could sharewith them the opportunities that awaitthem. I think it was a wonderful opportunityfor them to see that women in themilitary have a tremendous opportunityto excel and to reach the highest levels ofleadership. In the Nurse Corps they willbe given so many experiences in all kindsof environments early in their career—something that many of their civiliancolleagues would not necessarily face soonafter graduation.”Capt. Morro agrees, recalling advice thatwas shared: “The Navy will afford themopportunities far beyond anything theyimagined of a typical nursing career andwill embrace them as they come along.” •


Villanova UniversityCollege of Nursing800 Lancaster AvenueVillanova, PA 19085-1690Improve Health-care Outcomes with the NewDoctor of Nursing Practice ProgramThe College of Nursing now offersthe Doctor of Nursing Practice(D.N.P.), which has been createdexclusively for working advancedpractice nurses (nurse practitioners,nurse anesthetists, clinical nursespecialists and nurse midwives).This practice-focused doctoralprogram is designed to expandyour knowledge in evidence-basedpractice, organizational leadershipand financial acumen. It features:• online D.N.P. Programcomplemented with on-campusseminars;• four consecutive semesters with a unique, clinically-themed D.N.P. project; and• support from faculty and clinical mentors.Find out how you can lead innovation in nursing practice and health care.Call to schedule a personal information session.Questions? Please contactDebra Shearer, Ed.D., M.S.N., FNP-BC,director of the D.N.P. Program,at (610) 519-8337 or bye-mail at debra.shearer@villanova.edu.Visit villanova.edu/nursing/dnpDo you, or does someone you know,want to be a Villanova nurse?Find out more about all of our programs byfollowing the links at www.villanova.edu/nursing or by contacting these individuals:Traditional Bachelor’sDegree Programholly.cicala@villanova.edu(610) 519-4900B.S.N./M.S.N. Gateway Programfor R.N.slynda.capuzzi@villanova.edu(610) 519-6593Accelerated B.S.N. Programfor Second Degree Students(adults with a bachelor’s degree inanother discipline)susan.leighton@villanova.edu(610) 519-7137Master’s and Post-master’sCertificate Programsdenise.meikle@villanova.edu(610) 519-4934Ph.D. Program in Nursingchristine.gadonas@villanova.edu(610) 519-4914Continuing Education Programlouisa.zullo@villanova.edu(610) 519-4390For details on upcoming information sessions,visit www.villanova.edu/nursingor call (610) 519-4900.

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