Nursing Faculty

Nursing Faculty


All Bloomsburg University nursing faculty are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with extensive professional experience and research within the health care field.

Sheila Q. Hartung, Ph.D., RN

Sheila Q. Hartung

Interim Chairperson

Associate Professor

BSN, Villanova University;

MSN, Villanova University

Ph.D., Barry University

shartung@bloomu.edu

Melinda S. Barrett, Ph.D.(c), MSN

Melinda Barrett

Assistant Professor

Diploma, Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing

BSN, Pennsylvania State University

MSN, Bloomsburg University

Ph.D.(c), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

mbarrett@bloomu.edu

Susan Beck, MSN, CNS, RN

Susan Beck

Assistant Professor

BSN, Bloomsburg University

MSN, Bloomsburg University

sbeck@bloomu.edu

Beck and Deb Sanders presented at the national ATI Nursing Education Summit, Nashville, TN. Their poster presentation, “ Therapeutic Communication Vignettes: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Engage Senior Level Nursing Students”, demonstrated teaching innovation in the Adult Health 2 senior level nursing course, in which simulated case scenarios and group process is used to enhance the students communication and interaction techniques.

The ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) Summit is attended by nurse educators across the United States to expand and excel in nursing education through the use of integrated nursing education learning systems.

Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., CRNP

Noreen Chikotas

Professor

Director of RN-BSN Program

Diploma, Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing

BSN, Immaculata College

MSN, FNP, Widener University

D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University

nchikota@bloomu.edu

Chikotas presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater, Fla., on “Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology.” The title of her paper was “A Collaborative Effort Between Nursing and Health Communication Studies in Implementing a Standardized Patient Experience for the Advanced Practice Nurse.”

This podium presentation assisted in the dissemination of research, unique in it was developed, implemented and evaluated a collaborative effort between nursing and social science of health communication. The purpose of the phenomenological qualitative study was to examine the impact of standardized patient experiences (SPE) in the education of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), thus add to the mounting evidence of SPE’s possibilities.

Pamela Cook, MSN, RN, CNS

Pamela Cook

Assistant Professor

BSN, Penn State University

MSN, Bloomsburg University

pcook@bloomu.edu

Elisabeth D. Culver, Ph.D., CNM

Elisabeth D. Culver

Assistant Professor

BSN, Pennsylvania State University

MSN, University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D., Marywood University

eculver@bloomu.edu

Michelle Ficca, Ph.D., RN

Michelle Ficca

Breiner Endowed Professor

Graduate Program Director

BSN, East Stroudsburg University

MS, Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D., Widener University

mficca@bloomu.edu

Annette Gunderman, D.Ed., RN

Annette Gunderman

Associate Professor

BSN, Bloomsburg University

MSN, D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University

agunderm@bloomu.edu

Elizabeth Hammond-Ritschard, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor

BSN, Eastern University

MSN, Cedar Crest College

eritschard@bloomu.edu

Todd Hastings, M.S., RN, Ph.D.

Todd Hastings

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Phoenix

M.S. RN, Wilkes University

M.S. Penn State University

B.A. Rutgers University

A.A.S. Luzerne County Community College

thasting@bloomu.edu

Hastings presented recently completed dissertation research at the 29th annual conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and at the 18th annual conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses.

This oral presentation entitled “Applying Research Evidence in the Transformation of Psychiatric Undergraduate Nursing Education: A Quantitative Quasi-Experimental Study Addressing Nursing Student Attitudes Toward Mental Illness” described a large quantitative research study surveying nursing student perceptions of mental illness at eight professional nursing programs. This study focused on the importance of clarifying and modifying student attitudes about people with mental illness.

Mary-Lee Helbing, M.S.N., CRNP

Assistant Professor

BSN, Bloomsburg University

MSN, Bloomsburg University

mhelbing@bloomu.edu

Cheryl Jackson, DNP, CRNP

Cheryl Jackson

Assistant Professor

ADN, Catonsville Community College

BSN, University of Maryland

MSN, College Misericordia

DNP, University of Alabama

cjackso2@bloomu.edu

Devon J. Manney, MSN, RN

Devon J. Manney

Assistant Professor

MSN, Mansfield University

BSN, Bloomsburg University

dmanney@bloomu.edu

Lori Metzger, Ph.D., NP-C, RN-BC

Lori Metzger

Assistant Professor

Director of Nursing Administration/MBA Program

Diploma, Presbyterian School of Nursing

BSN, MSN, Bloomsburg University

Ph.D., Marywood University

lmetzger@bloomu.edu

Matzger presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater Florida on “Assimilating Nursing Students into the Community: Simulation in Public Health." This oral presentation demonstrated the recent teaching innovation implemented in Nursing 410 Public Health Nursing. Through four specific scenarios in correctional health, home health, occupational health and school health, students participate in this simulation to enhance their learning in health settings in a community-based and community-oriented nursing practice.

Metzger presented this with the Director of the Simulated Learning Lab for the Nursing Department Mary-Lee Helbing, MSN. Through this endeavor of teaching innovation, Metzger and Helbing have been awarded a TALE grant for introducing the technology of telehealth into these simulated scenarios.

Mindi Miller, Ph.D., CRRN

Mindi Miller

Associate Professor

BSN, Southern Adventist University

MSN, University of Florida

M.A., University of New Mexico

Ph.D., Rice University

mmiller2@bloomu.edu

Miller presented at the 6th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference sponsored by the International Society on Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning (ISSOTL) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada this summer. Her podium presentation entitled “Shared Thresholds: A Cutting-edge Dual-course for Any Upper Class Major or Graduate Student” described capstone projects, as well as Quality Matters® standards for distance education.

This presentation contrasted General Education (GE) content, particularly information literacy (IL), to the theory of threshold concepts by using a crosswalk of GE and IL standards. As educators know, student learning outcomes (SLOs) are measurable end points, but threshold concepts involve more than SLOs to include the progression of learning. Threshold concepts were compared with student advancement from a commonsense perspective to project development that applied content and learner proficiencies to meet published standards.

Debra Minzola, Ph.D., MSN, CRNA

Debra Minzola

Nurse Anesthesia Program Director

Assistant Professor

BSN, Bloomsburg University

MSN, University of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia

Ph.D., University of Phoenix

dminzola@bloomu.edu

Carol M. Moore, MSN, CRNP

Carol M. Moore

Assistant Professor

BSN, Bloomsburg University

MSN, University of Pennsylvania

cmoore@bloomu.edu

Kimberly Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN

Kimberly A. Olszewski

Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs

Assistant Professor

BSN, Lycoming College

MSN-ANP, Bloomsburg University

DNP, Chatham University

FAAOHN, Fellow American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

kolszews@bloomu.edu

Lynn M. Painter, DNSc., RN

Lynn M. Painter

Assistant Chairperson

Assistant Professor

BSN, Bloomsburg University

MSN, College Misericordia

DNSc., The Catholic University of America

lpainter@bloomu.edu

Katherine A. Raker, MSN, CNM, RNC-OB

Katherine A. Raker

Assistant Professor

BSN, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

MSN, University of Cincinnati

kraker@bloomu.edu

Debra Sanders, Ph.D., RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Debra Sanders

Assistant Professor

BSN, College Misericordia

MSN, Bloomsburg University

Ph.D., Marywood University

FNGNA, Fellow of National Gerontologic Nurses Association

dsanders@bloomu.edu

Sanders and Susan Beck presented at the national ATI Nursing Education Summit, Nashville, TN. Their poster presentation, “ Therapeutic Communication Vignettes: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Engage Senior Level Nursing Students”, demonstrated teaching innovation in the Adult Health 2 senior level nursing course, in which simulated case scenarios and group process is used to enhance the students communication and interaction techniques.

The ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) Summit is attended by nurse educators across the United States to expand and excel in nursing education through the use of integrated nursing education learning systems.

Kristy A. Sands, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Kristy A. Sands

Assistant Professor

BSN, Mansfield University

MSN, Mansfield University

ksands@bloomu.edu

Peggy Shipley, Ph.D., MSN

Peggy Shipley

Assistant Professor

BSN, Pennsylvania State University

MSN, University of Phoenix

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

pshipley@bloomu.edu

Debbie Stayer, Ph.D., RN-BC, CCRN

Debbie Stayer

Assistant Professor

BSN, University of Oklahoma

MSN, California State University Los Angeles

Ph.D., Duquesne University

dstayer@bloomu.edu

Rebecca Toothaker, Ph.D., RN

Rebecca Toothaker

Assistant Professor

Diploma, Reading Hospital School of Nursing

BSN, Kutztown University

MSN, University of Phoenix

Ph.D., University of Phoenix

rtoothak@bloomu.edu

Toothaker was able to present her research “The Impact of Clickers on Nursing Education: Millennial’s Perspective ” at the Elsevier Nursing Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2017. This poster presentation disseminated research findings from her grant to explore the millennial’s perception of clicker technology as an active strategy in a nursing classroom.

In addition, she published a manuscript stemming from her dissertation in the Journal of Professional Nursing entitled “A Phenomenological Study of Millennial Students and Traditional Pedagogies.” She was also able to present at the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP) annual education conference in March 2017. The title of the conference was: “Light the Way: Brighten a Student’s Tomorrow” The title of her accepted paper was “Clinical skills in the School Setting: You want me to do what?” The three hour podium presentation aimed to enhance the school nurses’ understanding of skills, adapt current techniques for nursing procedures, and provided a working knowledge of evidenced based practices for the school nurse.

Megan Walsh, Ph.D. (c), MSN, CRNP

Megan Walsh

Assistant Professor

BSN, University of Scranton

MSN, University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D. (c), Villanova University

mwalsh2@bloomu.edu