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Moravian professor wins Excellence in Teaching Award for nursing

Susan Scholtz(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Susan Scholtz, an associate professor of nursing at Moravian College, received the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) for Excellence in Teaching Award on September 28, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The award is presented to a nurse educator who is a role model, inspiring peers to improve the quality of educational practice and who has made a major contribution to the improvement of the teaching-learning process within nursing. Scholtz is also one of three finalists for the PSNA Nightingale Award, which recognizes leaders in nursing.

Scholtz has been recognized for her success using expressive and reflective writing strategies in nursing education. In order to decrease a sense of threat prior to their experiences in the clinical setting, Scholtz creates a dialogue with students through expressive writing. She also asks students to complete reflective journals to help them process each experience. She teaches Nursing 300, "Quest into the Phenomenology of Nursing," and a Writing 100 course, "Adolescence: The Search for Identity."

Scholtz graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a M.N. specializing in the Nursing Care of the Child. Currently, she is working on her dissertation as a doctoral candidate at Widener University.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.