Patricia Tabloski, left, and Catherine Read. (Photo by Chad Minnich)
CSON Fills Dean Positions with Tabloski and Read
By Kathleen Sullivan
Connell School of Nursing faculty members Catherine
Read and Patricia Tabloski have been appointed to fill
key leadership positions in the school's academic programs,
CSON announced recently.
Read, an associate professor in the Adult Health Department,
will serve as associate dean for undergraduate programs,
while Tabloski - an associate professor and former
chair in the Adult Health Department - is associate
dean of CSON graduate studies.
Read, who joined Boston College in 2001 as an assistant
professor, is a researcher in the field of health promotion
and psychological adaptation in persons with, or at
risk for, genetic disease, and last year co-chaired
a National Institute on Aging-sponsored conference
on aging and genetic technology.
A CSON faculty member since 1998, Tabloski has focused
her nursing care and research in the areas of hospice
and long-term care, care of the elderly, and sleep
improvement in those with Alzheimer's disease. In addition,
Tabloski is director of a newly established graduate
program in palliative care at the Connell School [see
CSON Dean Barbara Hazard hailed the appointments as
a boon to the school's academic, professional and outreach
"Cathy brings extraordinary knowledge of the core
curriculum, as well as the School of Nursing curriculum
to the job. She has an amazing ability to relate to
students, parents, faculty, and staff," said Hazard.
"She hears them and finds creative solutions to
their issues. Cathy is playing a major role with our
partners in clinical settings to devise new models
for the education of nurses.
"Pat is recognized nationally for her expertise
in the care of the elderly, and her research has resulted
in new strategies for improving the care of aged clients.
"Pat has been a leader in advancing our graduate
programs. Our new palliative care program is a testament
to Pat's determination and commitment to current societal
needs. This expands the focus on end of life care,
which has been of interest to ethicists, social workers,
and others at BC."
Read is a senior nurse scientist at the Center for Nursing
Excellence at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a member
of a research team at Boston University School of Medicine.
She also serves on the Burlington Board of Health.
A graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Read
also holds a master of science in physiology from the
University of Illinois-Urbana, a master of science
in nursing from Salem State College and a doctorate
from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In 2002,
UMass-Lowell honored Read with the Francis Cabot Lowell
Young Alumni Award for Health Professions.
"This is my 30th year as a nurse and I have to
say it is the most exciting time for the nursing profession,"
she said. "Job prospects are great for nurses.
I have fielded a lot of calls from those interested
in our undergrad program. We had 25 internal transfers
into CSON last year."
Discussing this increased interest in nursing, Read
said, "When I sit and talk with students they
speak about their desire to go to work every day and
help people. Nursing is such a personally rewarding
"There is no better place to teach or study nursing
than Boston College."
Read said her goals include fostering partnerships with
the Romance Languages Department to bolster foreign
language proficiency among nursing students and attracting
more men into nursing. On another front, Read noted
that in January, eight CSON undergrads will join two
CSON master's students and two faculty members for
a community health for-credit trip to a camp in Nicaragua.
Tabloski is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of
America and a senior nurse scientist at the Center
for Nursing Excellence. She earned a bachelor's degree
from Purdue University, a master of science in nursing
from Seton Hall University and a doctorate from the
University of Rochester.
Offering a brief overview of the state of graduate studies
at CSON, Tabloski said, "Our most popular program
is the master's reentry program, where non-nurses with
bachelor's degree complete two years of full time study
to earn a master's degree in advanced practice nursing.
The nurse anesthetist program has been highly successful.
Our recent graduation class achieved 100 percent certification.
"It is a great time to be in nursing. I've worked
a lot of places and BC is the best."