Susan A. LaRocco
Dr. Susan LaRocco is the Nursing Division Chairperson. She received her baccalaureate degree from Boston College and a master's degree in Nursing Administration from Boston University. Her Ph.D. is from UMass Boston, where she received several awards, including the Brenda S. Cherry Doctoral Dissertation Award. In addition, she holds an MBA from New York University. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Dr. LaRocco has taught at Curry College since 2003, in the traditional, accelerated and Master's programs. Prior to joining Curry College, she taught at several community colleges and at UMass Boston. Before becoming a professor, she held a variety of hospital based nursing administration positions in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.
Dr. LaRocco's major research interest is male nurses, in particular the recruitment and retention of men in nursing. She is currently engaged in an oral history project, with more than 20 completed interviews of graduates of the Alexian Brothers Hospital School of Nursing, an all male school that closed in 1969. She is active in the American Assembly for Men in Nursing and served on the Board from 2002 to 2006 and 2011 to 2013. She has published extensively, including clinical articles in Nursing and the American Journal of Nursing. Her presentations on men in nursing, including the Alexian project, have been well received at a variety of conferences, including the American Association for the History of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Eastern Nursing Research Society and at the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai. In 2010 Dr. LaRocco received the Mary Ann Garrigan Award from the Theta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2014 she was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. During academic year 2014-15 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan (UJ) in Amman where she taught qualitative research and professional writing to doctoral students. She is co-investigator on two ongoing research projects in Jordan and is the dissertation co-supervisor for a doctoral student at UJ.
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