September 2012

Welcome to this issue of Villanova Nursing e-news.  We are excited to welcome the Class of 2016 to Driscoll Hall and their future nursing careers.  If you want to offer some advice, post a message to them on our Facebook page--share your wisdom!

Save the date
Get your running (or walking) shoes on for the Dream for Eileen 5k Run on Saturday, Oct. 27th on Homecoming Weekend. Proceeds benefit the Eileen Shea Lupton '03 Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Nursing. The event is co-sponsored by the Villanova Chapter of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). Registration starts at 8:30am, run/walk at 9:30am. $10 – Adults, $5 - Students. T-shirts provided. For advanced sales, tickets will be sold the week of Oct. 22  in Connelly Center and online at

Volunteering? Tell us about it.
The start of the school year is when people ask, "What did you do this summer?" We'd love to hear what you're doing in terms of volunteer work. Many alumni are looking for ideas to serve the community in their free time outside of work and family as well as in their retirement. Inspire them! Email your name, degree(s)/year(s) and what you're doing to Ann Barrow McKenzie and watch for the compilation in a future issue. As always, we hope you will share your professional news with us at any time. We are just a few clicks away.

Open House for Graduate and Adult Learner Programs
Ready to move forward with your next degree? Attend our Oct. 23rd Open House from 3:30-7:00pm in the Villanova Room of Connelly Center. Hear from students and faculty about our MSN, post-master's, DNP and PhD programs as well BSN programs for RNs or for second degree adult learners.  Read more about our seminars and register.
A unique interdisciplinary experience
According to seniors Holly Leighton and Ashley Tallon, a wider view of the healthcare team and an expanded appreciation for the critical role of policy in healthcare were among the outcomes following their summer internship at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research. More...
Faculty co-authors to receive national writing award
Congratulations to Assistant Professors Dr. Catherine Todd Magel and Christine Crumlish who will receive the Nursing Research for Practice Writer’s Award at the October Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses 21st Annual Convention in Salt Lake City. More...
"More than just a chart"
Senior Amanda Fougere found her summer internship as an Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Nursing Scholar to be an exciting and varied experience. She expanded her knowledge of where nurses have an impact in the industry and also of patient scenarios and treatments, along the way honing her own critical thinking skills. More...

The power of Villanova
Alumna Helen Connors serves on the Board of Consultors as she is passionate about what the College has done for her and for others in terms of education and values. "I want current and future graduates to feel the passion," she says. She continues to be impressed by the quality of students and alumni and their leadership contributions to the profession and the larger world.  More...
Distinguished leadership built on core values
What do NASA and the Royal Air Force have in common? Both benefited from the nursing acumen of Maryalice Morro '83 BSN. This former Navy captain, one of the first responders at the Pentagon on 9/11, has breadth and depth of experience, including leading Naval Hospital Pensacola as its first nurse commanding officer (CEO) . After recently retiring from serving her country, she continues to serve her alma mater, including the College's Board of Consultors. More...

COPE director to receive award
Denice Ferko-Adams, MPH, RD, LDN, director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) will receive the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AND) prestigious 2012 Medallion Award on October 7th for her outstanding leadership and service to AND and the dietetics profession. More...

Faculty searches
The College of Nursing invites nominations and applications for three tenure track faculty positions in the areas of Nursing Research and Research Methodology; Age-related Non-communicable Diseases, Chronicity; and Health Policy, Healthcare Systems, Public Health.

Nurse practitioner preceptors
If you are or someone you know is a nurse practitioner (NP) interested in sharing knowledge and skills, there are preceptor opportunities for adult, family, gerontology and pediatric NPs in primary care and specialty clinics in the Delaware Valley, Delaware and South Jersey areas. The commitment is one day/week for one semester. Interested? Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Blunt at or 610.519 4928.
More College news...


October 2 - Climate change film "Sun Come Up"

October 23 - Graduate and Adult Learner Open House

October 25-28 - Nurse Educators: On a Journey of Excellence, the 39th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development in cooperation with the Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG)  

October 26 - Villanova NROTC Midshipmen Battalion Gala Dinner Auction

October 27- Dream for Eileen 5k Run/Walk

October 29- Film: Fatal Promises, a close look at human trafficking 5:00-7:30pm, Driscoll Auditorium

November 11- Alpha Nu Induction ceremony, 1:00pm, Villanova Room, Connelly

November 13 - 34th Annual Distinguished Lecture In Nursing  Framing the future of nursing in higher education: urgency for action

November 14 - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Information Session

December 12 - Winter Convocation, 5:00pm Driscoll Hall


March 12 -  Graduate and Adult Learner Open House

March 15 - COPE Preconference Workshop - Sharpen Your Social Media Skills for Health Professionals

March 16 - 2nd Annual COPE Conference - Weight Management: Tools to Engage and Sustain Behavior Changes

April 6 - 60th Anniversary Conference; Annual Mass and Alumni Awards Ceremony

April 14 - Open House for High School Students

June 6-9 - Reunion Weekend

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