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Moravian College professor wins award for advising nursing students

Susan DeSanto-Madeya also named to National Leadership Honor Society

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Susan DeSanto-Madeya, an assistant professor of nursing at Moravian College, received the State Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) Chapter Advisor of the Year Award recently at its annual convention held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Moravian’s chapter of SNAP was established in 1999 when the first nursing students came to the college. DeSanto-Madeya served as the faculty advisor and was nominated by her students for this award.

DeSanto-Madeya was also recently elected to the Moravian College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society. Her inclusion was based on outstanding leadership and service to Moravian College and the surrounding community.

DeSanto-Madeya has taught registered nurses and nursing students for most of her nursing career. Before becoming a teacher, she was a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is an active member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the AANN, the Eastern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and the International Institute for Human Understanding.

Santo-Madeya is also involved with the Safe Kids Coalition. She developed and coordinated a head and spinal cord injury prevention program for children and adolescents called the Think First Program. She has lectured on many neuroscience and trauma topics and has helped to provide continuing education programs.

In 2002, Santo-Madeya received the Pauline Thompson Clinical Research Grant through the Pennsylvania State Nurses’ Association. She serves on the cabinet of Professional Development for this organization. In the same year, she was also chosen as the State Advisor of the Year by the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania. DeSanto-Madeya serves as the advisor to the Student Nurses’ Association Chapter at Moravian College.

DeSanto-Madeya earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from East Stroudsburg University and her Master of Science in nursing from Widener University. She is currently studying at Widener for her doctorate. She resides in Center Valley with her husband, Bob, and three children: Joseph, Grace, and Hannah.

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. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.