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When I'm on campus it reminds me of home because there are wooded areas all around. You can walk out of your residence hall and immediately enjoy a stroll on the walking paths through the forest. It's really nice to not have tall city buildings everywhere.

Caitlyn De Serres '18
Major: Psychology, Sociology

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Dr. Cathleen Santos and Professor Coleen Toronto presented their research titled: Emergency Response Education for Undergraduate Nursing Students as a poster presentation at the National League for Nursing Educational Summit in Phoenix, AZ this September. In addition, they have recently published their manuscript titled: Innovative Teaching Method in Emergency Response Education of Undergraduate Nursing Students in the Journal of Nursing Education. Vol. 53, No. 8, 2014.

Professor Maureen O'Shea published Palliative Care: What it is and who can benefit from it, a two-part series article in the Spring 2012 Massachusetts Report on Nursing.

Dr. O'Shea also participated in an NLN ACES Workshop in Connecticut in June 2012 presented by national experts in simulation, nursing curriculum innovation, and gerontological nursing.

And in the fall of 2012 she presented her MARN Conference Poster: Staff Nurses' Perceptions of Palliative Care for Hospitalized Older Adults.

Professor Don Anderson, Published "Man Enough: The 20 x 20 Choose Nursing Campaign" in Minority Nurse Magazine and was an invited Participant of the AARP/Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Initiative.

Professor Linda Caldwell
  was re-elected to a three year term on the Board of Commissioners of the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) representing nursing faculty. She was also re-elected by the Board as Chair of the Board of Commissioners. Her second term as Board Chair began January 1, 2013. CCNE accredits 1,081 nursing education programs (578 baccalaureate, 403 master's, and 100 Doctor of Nursing Practice programs) located at 598 institutions both nationally and internationally. Ten post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs also hold CCNE accreditation.

On November 16, 2012, Linda Caldwell presented a paper "Just Ask but Don't Answer: A Student Assignment" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Conference in San Antonio. The paper outlined a teaching technique developed by the "Right Question Institute" in Cambridge MA. The paper described how the technique fostered critical thinking about assigned reading for a senior synthesis class, engaged students with the content, and led to ownership of their own learning

Co-authored "Educational Resources for Accelerated Nursing Programs: Challenges, Strategies and Future Directions" in L. Zhan & L. Finch (Eds.) Accelerated Education in Nursing: Challenges, Strategies, and Future Directions.

Professor Jacqueline Carroll
, published "the child with an Infectious Disease" in s. James, K. Nelson, & J. Ashwill (Eds.) Nursing Care of Children: Principles & Practice (4th ed.).

Professor Sheryl Cifrino and Michelle McMahon, authored a poster entitled "A Fundamental Change: The Integration of Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies into an Initial Clinical Field Experience in a Geriatric Care Setting". The poster demonstrated the conceptual Basis for the initial nursing practice clinical field experience in the nursing curriculum.

Professor Cifrino published "Healthcare Informatics in Nursing Education". This poster presented a proposed educational model to apply to future nursing informatics education.

Professor Maureen Hillier recently returned from Cambodia where she worked in a pediatric unit at the National Pediatric Hospital of Cambodia, which is the sister PICU that Children's Hospital adopted.

Professor Hillier also participated in a poster presentation entitled "Joining Forces: A Magnet Hospital Bridges the Gaps in Nursing Education Where Pediatric Critical Care Nurses Develop into Leaders in the Clinical Adjunct Faculty Role" at St. Anselm's 20th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators and at Boston Children's Hospital Nurses's week.

Professor Susan James, Published, with others, Nursing Care of Children: Principles and Practice (4th ed.) and Maternal Child Nursing (4th ed.)

Professor James Presented, with Professor Cathleen Santos,"Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Perceptions of Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge Regarding Patient Safety" at the 2012 QSEN National  Forum - Innovation to Transformation

Professor Elizabeth Kudzma is currently editing the 8th edition of Health Promotion throughout the Life span to be published by Elsevier/Mosby in 2013.

Professor Susan LaRocco published "Men Nurses in the American Journal of Nursing: The First 100 Years" which was a content analysis of articles, news items and letters to the editor about men nurses in the oldest nursing journal in the United States.

and "Treatment Options for Patients with Kidney Failure" in the American Journal of Nursing

Professor LaRocco also presented "Nursing Education and Nursing Practice in the United States" at the Pudong Health Training Institute, Shanghai

Professor Michelle McMahon, published

McMahon, M. A. and Christopher, K. A. (2011). Toward a mid-range theory of nursing presence. Nursing Forum, 46 (2), 71-82. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2011.00215.x/

McMahon, M. A. and Christopher, K. A. (2011). Case study method and problem-based learning: Utilizing the pedagogical model of progressive complexity in nursing education," International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship: Vol. 8: Iss. 1, Article 22. DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.2275

Professor McMahon also presented a poster, "Toward a Mid-Range Theory of Nursing Presence" at the 22nd Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS). She was chosen to represent the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth's PhD in Nursing program at the early doctoral poster session which was held during the annual conference in Providence, RI in 2010.

Professor Maureen Murphy was elected to the Curry College Faculty Counselor position of the Theta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Professors Maureen Murphy, Cathy Santos and Elizabeth Kudzma
, presented a poster on sustainable teaching strategies at Curry College at the QSEN (Quality & Safety Education for Nurses) National Forum in 2010 in Colorado.

Professor Elinor Nugent had her poster, "Re-conceptualizing traditional education methods for Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning in a Clinical Nurse Leader program", accepted by the Contemporary Forums Conference: Emerging technologies in Nursing Education.

Nugent also recently gave a poster presentation titled "Implementing Changes in Educational Strategies Based on Orientation Experiences of the New Graduate" at a conference on Cape Cod called Smooth Sailing:The Transition from New Graduate to Practicing Nurse.

Professor Eileen O'Connell is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life, and attends their annual leadership conferences. This fellowship, in the tradition of Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer,  promotes compassion and service in the health care professions.  Her poster, Defining the psychiatric/mental health literacy needs of nurses: A model for reenergizing course development and clinical experience in psychiatric mental health curricula, will be presented in November at the American Association of Psychiatric Nurses.

Professor O'Connell authored two chapters to the textbook Nursing Care of Children: Principles and Practice (James and Ashwill, 2012). These were: O'Connell, E. (2012). Psychosocial problems in children, and O'Connell, E. (2012). Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

In 2011 and 2012 she was a member of the Fellows Selection Committee: Albert Schweitzer Program (Boston), and the  Scholarly Review Committee: American Association of Psychiatric Nurses. 

Professor Eileen O'Keefe was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International as a community leader.

Professor Sheryl Cifrino and Professor Eileen O'Keefe have joined the Board of Directors of Theta at Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.  Dr Cifrino is the Community Counselor and Professor O'Keefe a Faculty Counselor.

Professor Joanne Oliveira has recently published:

  • Fernandes, S., Landzberg, M.J., Fishman,L., Khairy, P., Sawicki, F., Ziniel, S., Melvin, P. O'Sullivan-Oliveira, J., Greenspan, P., Bhatt, A. (2011-In Press). Clinician perceptions of transition of patients with pediatric-onset chronic disease to adult medical care: Comparing a pediatric facility integrated within an adult institution with a free-standing pediatric hospital Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Lochridge, J., Wolff, J., Oliva, M., & O'Sullivan-Oliveira, J. (2011-In Press). Perceptions of Adolescent SolidOrgan Transplant Recipients and Parents Regarding Self-care Management at Transition. Pediatric Nursing and
  • Fernandes, S., Fishman, L., O'Sullivan-Oliveira, J., Sawicki, G. (2011). Current Practices of the Transition and Transfer of Patients with a Wide Spectrum of Pediatric-onset ChronicDiseases: Results of a Clinician Survey at a Free-standing Pediatric Hospital. InternationalJournal of Child and Adolescent Health,3,4,507-515.

Professor Oliveira also presented three poster presentations at Childrens Hospital:

  • Boston, Wolff, J., Lochridge, J.,& O'Sullivan-Oliveira, J. (2011, May) Perceptions of Adolescent Solid Organ Transplant Recipients and Parents Regarding Self-care Management at Transition. Nurses Week Poster Presentations
  • Laband, E., Wolff, J.& O'Sullivan-Oliveira, J. (2011, May) Parents' and Nurses' Perspectives on Pain and Pain Management in Patient's Undergoing Ureteral Reimplantation. Nurses Week Poster Presentations
  • Laband, E., Wolff, J.& O'Sullivan-Oliveira, J. (2011, March) Parents' and Nurses' Perspectives on Pain and Pain Management in Patient's Undergoing Ureteral Reimplantation. PPSQ Research/Project Presentations.Childrens Hospital, Boston, MA

Professor Barbara Pinchera recently received The Promise of Nursing for Massachusetts Regional Faculty Fellowship from the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association.

Professor Pinchera also presented "Mentoring Matters" during Nurses' Week at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton

and published "Experiences of Newly Licensed Nurses within their First Eighteen Months of Employment" in Nursing 2012.

Professor Cathleen Santos - "Developing QSEN Competencies through Innovative Strategies". This poster presented current teaching strategies used to educate nursing students about patient safety. She also presented a poster "Comparative Analysis of Nursing Informatics infused into Nursing Curricula" which presented models of infusing Nursing informatics into Baccalaureate nursing programs.

She also presented "Emerging Technologies in Nursing Education" last year in Boston. This was a panel discussion to illustrate models of preparing students to use electronic health records with the goal of understanding meaningful use for improving patient outcomes.

Professors Santos and Cifrino attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2011  Baccalaureate conference in St. Louis this November.  Dr. Santos presented a poster titled " Innovations for QSEN Competency Development",  highlighting the strategies used at Curry College to infuse Quality and Safety competencies (QSEN) throughout the Nursing curricula.

Professor Santos presented "Quality & Safety: Transforming Practice through Education" to the Sigma Theta Chapter at Large in 2010 at Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, MA. The presentation included strategies that have been successfully used to incorporate quality & safety into Nursing curricula in general.

Professor Coleen Toronto, was accepted into the PhD program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Professor Toronto published with R. Wood "Measuring Critical Thinking Dispositions of Novice Nursing Students using Human Patient Simulators" in Journal of Nursing Education.

Dr. Linda Tenofsky, Professor of Nursing of Curry College Division of Nursing was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and selected by NCSBN to participate on the NCLEXâ item development panel of subject matter experts that was held in Chicago, IL on October 17-20,2011. Tenofsky was one of twelve nurses from across the nation to be selected for this assignment.   She was nominated on the basis of clinical specialty and nursing expertise. Dr. Tenofsky was selected again to serve on a second panel for the NCSBN which meets October 29-November 1, 2012.

Dr. Tenofsky is a CCNE (Commission on Nursing Education) evaluator and team leader. She has done over fifteen accreditation visits and is recognized for her expertise in accreditation. She has acted as a consultant to numerous programs during their accreditation process.

Dr. Tenofsky will be presenting a poster on Global Education for the RN-BS Student: Facilitating an International Experience at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 15-18, 2012

Drs. Linda Caldwell and Linda Tenofsky presented a Poster titled "A Model of Professional Nursing Education Based on QSEN and IOM Competencies", at the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing Centennial Celebration on October 29, 2010.  The poster described the model that the new nursing curriculum is based upon.


Curry College Awarded Nursing Grant

Curry College has been named one of three area colleges to be awarded the Nursing & Allied Health Initiative Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Along with the University of Massachusetts (Boston and Lowell), Curry's Nursing program will benefit from nearly $50,000 to help address the evolving education and workforce development needs of the health care sector.

Nursing Professor Named President of ANA-MA

Curry College Nursing Professor Dr. Cathleen Santos has been named President-Elect of the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts (ANA-MA). As a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, ANA-MA is recognized as the voice of registered nursing in Massachusetts through advocacy, education, leadership and practice. Dr. Santos is the first Curry College faculty member to receive this honor. 

Meet Dr. Susan LaRocco - Nursing Faculty

Dr. Susan LaRocco originally joined Curry College as a temporary faculty member in the Division of Nursing with the notion that she would be teaching at Curry for only a year.  But after the initial honeymoon period ended, Dr. LaRocco had fallen in love with the College...and she quickly found that the feeling was mutual.


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