Fall/Winter 2010

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Villanova Nursing e-news, an electronic supplement to our print magazine for alumni, family and friends of the College of Nursing. We hope you enjoy reading the latest news from the College and learning more about our events!


College of Nursing honored for third time as Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
The College of Nursing proudly announces its continued designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). It received the honor for the third consecutive time at the NLN’s Education Summit 2010 in Las Vegas on October 1st. More…

College of Nursing on cutting edge of psychiatric simulation
Mental disorders cross all age groups and cultures and are seen in all care settings. The College of Nursing recently implemented an innovative new clinical simulation for second semester junior nursing students to increase their understanding of the patient experience for those with more severe disease which includes hearing distressing voices. Student Erika Clark calls it an “eye-opener.” “Understanding your patient's perspective is necessary for quality nursing care,” she notes. More…
Expert nurse midwife uses creativity and skill in Haiti
“I never felt more proud to be a nurse,” says Kimberly Trout, Ph.D., CNM, a certified nurse midwife and assistant professor. Over Thanksgiving, she volunteered for a week with the organization Midwives for Haiti. Being involved with the Haitian people and their dire situation in the midst of a cholera outbreak was an experience that affected her deeply, even after 23 years as a professional. More...
Leading the integration of disability content in NP curriculum
The College has received a three-year grant from the Advanced Education Nursing Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its project Preparing Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to Care for Patients with Disabilities: Integration of Content into the Nurse Practitioner Curriculum. The purpose of this project is to improve the nursing care of a much underserved group in the United States: people with disabilities. More...
Adolescent high-risk Internet behaviors
Keeping youth safe on the Internet is not only a passion but a mission for Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, Ph.D., R.N., CRNP, associate professor. She has been awarded a grant of nearly $314,000 by the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. Dr. Dowdell is the principal investigator for the study “Self Exploitation and Electronic Aggression: High Risk Internet Behaviors in Adolescents."  More…
Quality of life after breast cancer
Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN continues to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge surrounding African American Breast Cancer Survivors (AABCS). Dr. Bradley, associate professor, is currently co-investigator with principal investigator Andrea Barsevick, PhD, RN, FAAN of Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center to study Problems and Resources of AABCS with a four-year American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant. More…
Doctoral student among first NLN Jonas Scholars
Congratulations to alumna Jennifer Gunberg Ross, MSN, RN—adjunct faculty for the College of Nursing and a doctoral student here. She is among the first five doctoral students chosen from a national pool to be among the inaugural group of National League for Nursing Jonas Scholars to advance the science of nursing education. More…
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March 8 - Open House for Graduate, RN-BSN and Second Degree Option Programs

March 15 - Annual Research Symposium "Promoting Health Care Quality Through Education and Practice Research"

April 9
- 22nd Annual Mass and Alumni Awards Ceremony

April 14
- 32nd Annual Distinguished Lecture with Leslie D. Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and former CEO of Project HOPE

April 17 - Open House for High School Juniors

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