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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
MSN and BSN, Salem State College
Michelle McMahon, Ph.D., R.N., CNE, began serving as Dean of the School of Nursing in June, 2021. Dr. McMahon is a renowned nurse educator, scholar, and 13-year veteran of the College.
Since 2008, Dr. McMahon has been a leader in the School of Nursing as professor and director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. She has spearheaded many new and successful endeavors for the School, including expanding nursing programs on the Plymouth campus, advancing MSN curriculum design and driving new faculty development initiatives. Dr. McMahon recently secured more than $100,000 in grant funding to launch the Nurse Faculty Loan Program at Curry, which awards loans to graduate students committed to becoming nurse educators in accredited U.S. nursing schools.
Dr. McMahon’s scholarly work includes concept and mid-range theory development, with a research focus on pedagogical strategies for clinical judgment development of nursing students and the effects of ambiguity within the nursing practice on nurse decision making. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented podium and poster presentations at local, regional, and national conferences. Dr. McMahon was selected as a 2019 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) Fellow. She is also an active member of the American Nurses Association National and State Chapter, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, and the Eastern Nursing Research Society. Dr. McMahon is her local Sigma Chapter, Theta at-Large President.
McMahon, M. & LaRocco, S. (2021). An international collaboration: Linguistic editing of scholarly work. Journal of Professional Nursing, 37(2), 335-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2021.01.002
McMahon, M. A. and Dluhy, N. (2017). Ambiguity within nursing practice, An evolutionary concept analysis, Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 31(1), 56-74. doi: 10.1891/1541-65126.96.36.199
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
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