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A collaboration between the Connell School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston, the Center provides community health training for CSON students and professional development for VNAB staff members. Center Director Adele Pike wanted to establish a way for the two groups to share common resources, and better integrate theoretical and practical information. The web site she and her team of colleagues from both institutions created delivers readings, video material, information on CSON clinical sites, and electronic versions of courses mandatory for VNAB nurses. 

The production of the site was as collaborative as the provision and use of its contents. Instructional Design and eTeaching Services gave staff and financial support for its design, and implementation within Blackboard Vista (to ensure the protection of copyrighted material and provide a roster to monitor the completion of ecourses). Dwane Joseph, web design assistant at the VNAB, used Flash to develop the ecourses. Original photography arranged through Media Technology Services featured VNAB staff members.


Project Leader

  • Adele Pike RN, EdD Director Center for Excellence in Home Care

Content Development and Management

  • Donna Cullinan RN, MS Boston College
  • Rebecca Roop-Kharasch RN, BA Visiting Nurse Association of Boston
  • Elaine Gardner RN, MS Visiting Nurse Association of Boston
  • Linda Juster Visiting Nurse Association of Boston

Quiz Development and Management  

  • Kerry Bianco Visiting Nurse Association of Boston

Project Manager

  • Sarah Castricum Instructional Designer IDeS

Library Resources Consultation

  • Margie Fiels Head Librarian Access Services (O'Neill Library)

Graphic and Web Design

  • Ethan Gordon Consultant Ethan Gordon Photography


  • Stephen Vedder Assistant Director Photography Production (MTS)

Website and eLearning Module Development

  • Dwane Joseph Visiting Nurse Association of Boston

Website Template Development

  • Darren Abrecht Graduate Web Assistant IDeS

Website Development Assistance

  • Justin Harrington Student Assistant IDeS
  • Cristina Joy Student Assistant IDeS
  • Kathleen O'Dowd Student Assistant Center for Home Care Project

Special thanks to Robert and Alice (CSON ’54) Lawler, Florence Nwachukwu RN, Beth Mosher RN, John Hodgman, and Rosanna DeMarco PhD, APRN.