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On Friday, April 8, 2016, Professor Dr. Cathleen Santos officially began her one year term as as President of the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts (ANA-MA). Dr. Santos assumed her new role during the annual ANA-MA Awards dinner in Waltham, MA. Dr. Santos had been serving as President-Elect of ANA-MA since April of 2015.
Professor Michelle McMahon has been selected to be a CCNE accreditation on-site evaluator. She is following in the footsteps of the three long time Nursing Division accreditation evaluators - Professors Liz Kudzma, Linda Tenofsky, and Linda Caldwell.
While this is a wonderful accomplishment for Michelle, it is also a great benefit for the Curry College Nursing Division as she will be able to lend her expertise as we prepare our next self-study and also for our next accreditation site visit.
Professor Gail Grammatica recently became a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
Dr. Susan LaRocco has been selected as the editor of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing, the official newsletter of the American Nurses Association Massachusetts.
Professor Coleen Toronto recently became a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
Coleen Toronto presented two posters at the Eastern Nurses Research Society's 27th Annual Scientific Sessions in Washington D.C. titled "Health Literacy Education in Health Professions Schools: An Integrative Review" and "Assessing Environmental Literacy in Nursing Education: Student Knowledge, Behaviors and Attitudes Related to Sustainability in Hospital Settings."
Dr. Cathleen Santos and Professor Coleen Toronto presented their research titled: Emergency Response Education for Undergraduate Nursing Students as a poster at the National League for Nursing Educational Summit in Phoenix, AZ. 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 Massachusetts Report on Nursing, the official newsletter of ANA-Massachusetts.
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.
In the fall of 2012 she presented Staff Nurses' Perceptions of Palliative Care for Hospitalized Older Adults as a poster at the MARN Conference.
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.
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
Professor Caldwell also 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 presented a poster entitled "Healthcare Informatics in Nursing Education".
Dr. Maureen Hillier recently received her DNP from Regis College. Her capstone thesis was "Newly licensed Nurses' Experiences with Death and Dying in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit".
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 edited the 8th edition of Health Promotion throughout the Life span to be published by Elsevier/Mosby.
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 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.
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.
Dr. Linda Tenofsky, was recently recognized by the Commission on College Nursing Education for her 15 years of service. Dr. Tenofsky is one of 120 team leaders in the country and has lead teams on 18 site evaluations.
Dr. Linda Tenofsky spent the fall semester, 2014, teaching a course in comparative health problems in France. Dr. Tenofsky was instrumental in developing a study abroad partnership between Curry College and Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA. The program is offered in Ambialet, France and was initially offered to nursing students. Eight students from Curry participated in the inaugural semester.
Congratulations to Curry College Nursing Professor Dr. Cathleen Santos, as she began her one-year term as President of the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts (ANA-MA) in April of 2016. 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.
Curry College Nursing Professor and Department Chair Dr. Susan LaRocco was recently featured in a Q & A on the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) website. Dr. LaRocco recently published an article which attempts to help medical professionals understand the impact of the "invisible" symptoms of the disease.
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.