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Department of Nursing

What We Do:

Welcome to Nursing at The University of Scranton! Since its inception in 1984, the department has upheld a tradition of excellence. We prepare students to become skilled, compassionate RoyalRNs bedside clinicians, advocates, scholars and leaders in a university community centered around Catholic and Jesuit values.

With a strong base in the liberal arts, we offer a holistic and global perspective on family- and patient-centered nursing care. Students take on challenges both in and out of the classroom, beginning clinical experiences as sophomores.

Our faculty are active in research and practice, using technology and various teaching methods to engage students on intellectual, emotional and personal levels. They are committed to successfully transitioning students to professional practice.

To be a RoyalRN is to be a nurse among the best.

How We Stand Out:

  • Smaller class sizes for individual attention
  • Strong clinical focus with clinical experiences beginning sophomore year
  • Diverse curriculum based on national standards and current health care trends
  • Dedicated full-time faculty, actively engaged in practice and research
  • Opportunities for student research
  • Opportunities to participate in honors programs and to take graduate courses as an undergraduate
  • Opportunities for studying abroad and for participation in domestic and international service trips
  • Competent and compassionate alumni who are engaged with professional organizations, volunteer work and patient advocacy

Programs:

Our rigorous curriculum has a strong liberal arts foundation, is responsive to the health care needs of society and reflects current technologies and approaches.

Undergraduate Degree Programs:

Graduate Degree Programs:

An accelerated MSN is also available. We offer individual academic assessment and planning to satisfy the adult learners needs in returning to school.

Meet Our Faculty:

Our faculty have all been bedside practitioners and have advanced degrees in a broad range of backgrounds and specialties. In addition to teaching, they remain engaged in advanced clinical practice roles and research.

Beyond the classroom, they lead by example. They are active in clinical practice, have leadership roles on local and national boards of professional organizations, and serve on University-wide committees. Faculty are also active in community service, and lead national and international service trips for the marginalized and underserved.

Above all, our faculty pride themselves on their commitment to student success and being easily accessible to students. In fact, three of our faculty members, Dr. DiMattio, Dr. Manetti and Dr. Conte, are Royal RNs themselves.

View faculty profiles and contact information.

Catherine P. Lovecchio, PhD, RN

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Chairperson

McGurrin Hall 331
B.S.N., Villanova University
M.S.N., Misericordia University
Ph.D., Villanova University

Phone: 570-941-7775
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Barbara K. Buxton, PhD, PMH-CNS, RN

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Albright College
M.S.N., Wilkes University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified

Phone: 570-941-7706
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Dona Rinaldi Carpenter, EdD, RN

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Nursing Faculty
Chairperson

B.S.N., Misericordia, 1979
M.S.N., Villanova University, 1984
M.S.N., Teacher’s College Columbia University, 1987
Ed.D., Columbia University , 1989

Phone: 570-941-4195
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Teresa Conte, PhD, CPNP

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., University of Scranton, 1994
M.S.N., Nurse Practitioner, Villanova University, 2003
Ph.D., Villanova University, 2011

Phone: 570-941-7647
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Ann Culp, CRNA, DNP

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Program Administrator, Nurse Anesthesia Program

R.N., Pittston Hospital School of Nursing, 1979
B.S.N., Ottawa University, 1988
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University, 1996
DNP, Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Phone: 570-941-5588
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Mary Jane K. DiMattio, PhD, RN

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., University of Scranton
M.S.N., Villanova University
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 570-941-7628
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Susan Elczyna, PhD, CRNA

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Assistant Program Administrator, Nurse Anesthesia Program

R.N., Geisinger School of Nursing
B.S.N., Wilkes University
M.S.N., Wilkes University
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-5583
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Marian Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, CRNP, CS

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Misericordia University
M.S.N., Misericordia University
Ph.D., Adelphi University

Phone: 570-941-4117
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Ann Feeney, PhD, CRNP, CNM

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Nursing Faculty

R.N., Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, 1983
B.S.N., Marywood University, 1987
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2014

Phone: 570-941-4118
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Autumn Forgione, RN, MSN

Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Villanova University
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 570-941-4788
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Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, RN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, ACNS-BC

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Professor and Director of Graduate and DNP Programs

B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 570-941-4060
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Colleen Heckman, RN, MSN, NP-C

Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Bloomsburg University, 1987
M.S.N., Syracuse University, 1997

Phone: 570-941-4196
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Sharon Hudacek, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Misericordia University
M.S.N., Columbia University
Ph.D., Columbia University

Phone: 570-941-4197
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Mimi Kovaleski, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Wilkes University
M.S.N., University of Scranton

Phone: 570-941-5832
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Lisa Lesneski, PhD, RN

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Marywood University, 1988
M.S.N., Binghamton University, 1991
Ph.D., University of Maryland at Baltimore, 2005

Phone: 570-941-4346
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Linda Lewis, MSN, RN, CCNS, RN-BC

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Nursing Faculty

Mercy School of Nursing
B.S.N., Pennsylvania State University
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 570-941-7755
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Wendy Grochowski Manetti, PhD, CRNP

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., University of Scranton, 1989
M.S.N., University of Scranton, 1999
Ph.D., Widener University, 2015

Phone: 570-941-6221
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Jo Ann L. Nicoteri, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
M.S.N., State University of New York at Binghamton
Ph.D., University of Maryland at Baltimore

Phone: 570-941-4345
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Kim Subasic, PhD, MS, RN

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Saint Francis University, 1987
M.S.N., University of Massachusetts, 2003
Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2012

Phone: 570-941-6223
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Annette T. Tross, RN, MSN, CRNP, NP-C

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Nursing Faculty

R.N., Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, 1987
B.S.N., University of the State of New York, Regents College, 1997
M.S.N., Misericordia University, MSN, CRNP, 1999
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in progress, University of Scranton

Phone: 570-941-4508
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Laurie Valunas, MSN, CPNP

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., University of Scranton
M.S.N., Duke University

Phone: 570-941-5833
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Cristen Walker, MSN, CRNP

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., University of Pittsburgh
M.S.N. State University of New York

Phone: 570-941-7928
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Patricia M. Wright, PhD, CRNP, CNS, CHPN, CNE

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Misericordia University
M.S.N., Misericordia University
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
Post-Master’s Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner, Misericordia University

Phone: 570-941-6484
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Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

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Nursing Faculty

B.S.N., Duke University
M.A. in Nursing, New York University
Ph.D., New York University

Phone: 570-941-7655
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Inside the Classroom:

Students are taught by faculty who utilize many different teaching strategies to make learning more engaging.  For instance, students work with realistic high-fidelity simulation models, exposing them to challenging scenarios and allowing faculty to evaluate their decision making process and bedside manner. In addition, nursing students are also required to complete 40 hours of service during their freshman and sophomore years.

By offering clinical experiences as soon as sophomore year, we give students an early opportunity to learn first-hand what a career in nursing is really like. With three hospitals in walking distance of our campus, and established connections with others in the region, students have a diverse range of clinical opportunities. Working in small clinical groups with an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, they apply theory and hone their critical thinking and decision making skills.

Faculty-mentored Student Research:

Scholarship is an important focus of our nursing faculty, and they have had their research projects funded by national organizations. Faculty have been published in nursing and interdisciplinary health care journals and have presented at national and international conferences.

Our students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. Some students choose an honors option where they are mentored by faculty as they produce their own research. Students have presented research at national conferences, earned Fulbright Scholarships, and spent post-graduate years in service to others on national and international levels through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Mercy Volunteer Corps.

For more information on individual faculty members areas of research, visit our faculty page.

Career Outcomes:

Our graduates enter the profession with a solid base of clinical skills that guide their practice and decision-making.

You will find RoyalRNs working in hospitals, community clinics, government agencies and offices. They are employed as bedside clinicians, administrators, scholars and educators. Over the past three years, more than 90% of our graduates have gained full-time employment. Some of our graduates spend their first year after graduation volunteering in sites across the United States.

Royal RN Employers include:

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
  • New York University Medical Center, New York City, NY
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • U.S. Military Hospitals in Hawaii, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Germany
  • Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, NY
  • New York Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, NY
  • Lehigh Valley Medical Center, Allentown, PA
  • University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Yale New Haven Medical Center, Yale, CT
  • Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Accreditation:

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and Post-graduate APRN certification program at the University of Scranton are accredited byth e Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington DC 20001 (202) 887-6791.