Nursing

The Department of Nursing, in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, provides nursing majors with a wide range of choices. Students have access to the resources of a liberal arts education and a nursing curriculum based on a holistic approach to health, pursuing careers as clinical, occupational health, community mental health, school, & emergency room nurses.

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Facilities

The St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing at Moravian College was established in 1998. Through the partnership between St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network and Moravian College, the student in the nursing major has access to resources of St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, including the advanced facilities of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center. These include lecture halls, classrooms, a nurses’ learning laboratory, computer laboratory, and lounges. The classrooms and lecture halls are equipped with advanced electronics, enabling faculty to provide multimedia presentations, including computer imaging. Moravian’s Reeves Library—one of the best small academic libraries in the region—is augmented by an automated interlibrary loan system with access to more than two million volumes. An acute-care hospital, the St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network is one the nation's best teaching hospitals.


Opportunities

Throughout the nursing curriculum, undergraduate students are immersed in a variety of clinical experiences emphasizing the promotion of health for diverse individuals, families, and communities. More than 1,000 hours of clinical practice provide the nursing student with ample opportunities to apply and test theoretical concepts in a range of health-care settings. Learning experiences are designed to foster intellectual inquiry, and critical thinking is emphasized, enabling nursing graduates to practice in virtually any health promoting or wellness care setting. Students who are interested in supplementing a non-nursing major with a foundation in nursing or health may choose to minor in nursing/health (a five-course program).

Students who are already qualified as R.N.’s may complete the requirements for a B.S. degree in nursing. Beginning in 2009, baccalaureate prepared nurses are eligible to complete their Master’s of Science Degrees in Nursing through St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. The graduate program offers three specialty educational tracks that prepare Clinical Nurse Leaders, Nursing Administrators, and Nursing Educators.


Faculty

DR. MARIANNE T. ADAM
Assistant Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S., State University of New York College of Technology; M.S., Adelphi University; Family Nurse Practitioner, DeSales University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

INTERESTS: Family nursing and primary care. Ms. Adam’s other areas of expertise include adult health, critical care, and home care nursing.

DR. PAMELA ZENZ ADAMSHICK
Associate Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S., University of Detroit Mercy; M.S., University of Illinois Medical Center; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

INTERESTS: Mental health nursing in the acute and community settings. Ms. Adamshick developed a community initiative for adolescents, for which she received the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association 2000 Practice Award.

DR. MICHELE M. AUGUST-BRADY
Associate Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S., B.S., University of Pennsylvania; M.S., DeSales University; D.N.Sc., Widener University

INTERESTS: Adult health, critical care nursing. Ms. August-Brady received the excellence in teaching award at St. Luke’s. She has a research interest in teaching and learning.

DR. KERRY H. CHEEVER
Professor of Nursing; Chairperson of the Department of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S.N, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales; M.S.N., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

INTERESTS: Adult health critical care, trauma, and emergency nursing and evidence based practice. Dr. Cheever is an associate editor of "Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing" published by Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.

ELISE COLANCECCO
Instructor of Nursing

JANICE FARBER
Instructor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S., Moravian College; M.S., Drexel University

INTERESTS: Adult health, Peri-operative nursing, particularly the orthopedic surgical specialty

DAWN M. GOODOLF
RN to BS Program Coordinator

EDUCATION: BSN, West Chester University; MSN, DeSales University; Current doctoral study, Widener University

INTERESTS: Adult Health, Emergency and Critical Care

DR. BETH GOTWALS
Assistant Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S.N., Bloomsburg University; M.S.N., DeSales University; Ph.D., Widener University

INTERESTS: Community health and parish nursing.

KAREN GROLLER
Instructor of Nursing

EDUCATION: BS, Cedar Crest College; MSN, DeSales University

INTERESTS: Adult health, cardiac/vascular nursing, medical-surgical nursing. Ms. Groller serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Vascular Nursing.

TAYLOR GRUBE, MSN, RNC-NIC
Instructor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S., East Stroudsburg University; M.S.N., Drexel University; Current doctoral study, Widener University

INTERESTS: Maternal-child health, neonatal Intensive care nursing

DR. LORI HOFFMAN
Associate Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S.N., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.S.., Boston University; Ph.D., University of Kansas

INTERESTS: Dr. Hoffman is a specialist in maternal and newborn health. Her clinical practice includes providing direct care for obstetric and pediatric clients in a variety of health care settings. She currently serves as the coordinator for the graduate program which prepares nurses for the Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Nursing.

DONNA M. KEELER
Instructor of Nursing

EDUCATION: BSN, Kutztown University; MSN, Drexel University

INTERESTS: Adult health, post-anesthesia and critical care nursing

DR. SUSAN M. P. SCHOLTZ
Associate Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.N., University of Pittsburgh; D.N.Sc., Widener University

INTERESTS: Acute and chronic child health. Ms. Scholtz has a research interest in teaching and learning.

DR. JENNIFER A. SPECHT
Assistant Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION: B.S.N., Villanova University; M.S.N., DeSales University; Ph.D., Villanova University

INTERESTS: Cardiology/electrophysiology, cardiothoracic intensive care, surgical intensive care, and post-anesthesia critical care. Mentoring relationships, especially those of junior faculty transitioning into their new roles as nurse educators.