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A Legacy of Caring, Education and Research

Dean Barbara Hazard

After 60 years the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College (CSON) has bestowed a legacy of Caring, Education and Research to Boston College and the nursing profession which extends beyond its boundaries and far into the future. The current Dean of the School of Nursing, Dean Barbara Hazard, has solidified the contribution of the Connell School of Nursing to the profession, by embedding the pillars of caring and education into the firm rock of research.  Her publications on statistical methods for health research have confirmed this.  The trend towards Evidence-Based Nursing makes this approach even more valuable.

Nursing leaders have contributed to and have arisen from the CSON. Though space precludes the listing of all faculty and student accomplishments, it is hoped that all will see their contributions reflected in this brief summary.  Many of the nursing faculty publications are available through the Boston College Faculty Publications Catalog.

Marjory Gordon, Professor Emeritus, developed nursing diagnosis and diagnostic reasoning in her “Manual of nursing diagnosis: including all diagnostic categories approved by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association.”  Nurses from all over the world come to learn from Sister Callista Roy, resident nurse theorist, who developed The Roy Adaptation Model.  The first Lelia Holden Carroll Endowed Professor is Judith Vessey whose groundbreaking work on the effect of chronic teasing and bullying on the psychological and physical health of children and adolescents is very relevant today. Other nursing professors also research bullying and teasing, abuse or trauma, and other psych/mental health issues, notably Ann Burgess, Angela Amar, Lois Haggerty, Carol Hartman, Danny Willis, and Barbara Wolfe. Additionally, Judith Shindul-Rothschild is also an expert in health care policy and finance; nursing labor issues, staffing and quality of care, and managed care.

Ethics, which is a very strong component of the nursing curriculum, is currently the focus of research and practice for Pamela Grace. The relatively new field of nursing genetics is of interest to Catherine Read both for health promotion and education. Ellen Mahoney is a leader in the research of human responses in chronic illness/disability, patterns of behavior in persons with dementia, and nursing interventions to promote functional ability in the elderly. Care of the adult is many faceted—Dorothy Jones research involves development of the Functional Health Pattern Screening Assessment Tool (FHPSAT) and Evaluation of Professional Practice Model; Jane Ashley, nursing care of the elderly; Margaret Laccetti, oncology clinical nurse specialist; Jean O’Neil and Nancy Fairchild, ambulatory surgery and validation of nursing diagnoses; Robin Wood, breast cancer screening and early detection: intervention programs with high-risk populations (older and minority women).

The new Academic Vice-President,  Cutberto Garza, physician and scientist linked with both the Biology Department and the School of Nursing, is noted for his research in pediatric nutrition. Other faculty who focus their research and care on children and their families are Sandy Mott, Michelle Mendes, and Katherine Gregory.

Recently, June Horowitz’ research on post-partum depression garnered an award. Other award winners and researchers in Child/Maternal Health are Joellen Hawkins, Mary Aruda, and Margaret Murphy.

Community health programs include The BCCSON Global Health Initiative (GHI), under the guidance of Ronna Krozy which evolved from a BC sponsored immersion trip to Nicaragua for faculty and staff.  Additional faculty involved in community health are Jennifer Allen and  Susan Kelly-Weeder. Faculty and graduate research are supported by Professor Mary Duffy, Director of the Center for Nursing Research.  The Continuing Education program is led by Jean Weyman. That the School of Nursing is dynamically evolving is reflected in many of its recent initiatives.  The Master’s Entry Program and the Nurse Teaching Certificate had been spear-headed by Associate Deans Loretta Higgins and Laurel Eisenhauer respectively.

The latter distance-education program is now directed by Rita Olivieri. The Nurse Anesthesia Program, directed by Susan Emery and Denise Testa, is beginning its sixth year. A program in Palliative Care was developed by Patricia Tabloski, while Pain Management is a specialty of Paul Arnstein. Also interested in palliative care is Jane Flanagan.  The Center for Excellence in Home Care Practice and Education, a collaborative endeavor between the Connell School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston, is directed by Adele Pike.   An innovative approach to HIV education, “Women’s Voices Women's Lives," a culturally relevant HIV education/prevention film project, was developed by Anne Norris, Rosanna DeMarco and Chad Minnich. Joyce Pulcini and Judith Vessey initiated the Massachusetts School Nurse Research Network to foster research among school nurses.

Nursing School

…we look back with pride and forward with anticipation as we reaffirm our commitment to the Jesuit ideal of a value-based education designed to prepare graduates for lives of excellence in service to others

 - Dean Barbara Hazard



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