Nursing Faculty

Nursing Faculty


All Bloomsburg University nursing faculty are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with extensive professional experience and research within the health care field.

Sheila Q. Hartung, Ph.D., RN

Sheila Q. Hartung

Interim Chairperson
Associate Professor
BSN, Villanova University;
MSN, Villanova University
Ph.D., Barry University
shartung@bloomu.edu

Melinda S. Barrett, Ph.D.(c), MSN

Melinda Barrett

Assistant Professor
Diploma, Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing
BSN, Pennsylvania State University
MSN, Bloomsburg University
Ph.D.(c), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
mbarrett@bloomu.edu

Susan Beck, MSN, CNS, RN

Susan Beck

Assistant Professor
BSN, Bloomsburg University
MSN, Bloomsburg University
sbeck@bloomu.edu

Beck and Deb Sanders presented at the national ATI Nursing Education Summit, Nashville, TN. Their poster presentation, “ Therapeutic Communication Vignettes: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Engage Senior Level Nursing Students”, demonstrated teaching innovation in the Adult Health 2 senior level nursing course, in which simulated case scenarios and group process is used to enhance the students communication and interaction techniques.

The ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) Summit is attended by nurse educators across the United States to expand and excel in nursing education through the use of integrated nursing education learning systems.

Mary Ann Cegielsky, MSN, CRNP

Mary Ann Cegielsky

Assistant Professor
Diploma, Ashland State Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, Pennsylvania State University
MSN, Villanova University
CRNP, Bloomsburg University
mcegiels@bloomu.edu

Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., CRNP

Noreen Chikotas

Professor
Director of RN-BSN Program
Diploma, Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, Immaculata College
MSN, FNP, Widener University
D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
nchikota@bloomu.edu

Chikotas presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater, Fla., on “Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology.” The title of her paper was “A Collaborative Effort Between Nursing and Health Communication Studies in Implementing a Standardized Patient Experience for the Advanced Practice Nurse.”

This podium presentation assisted in the dissemination of research, unique in it was developed, implemented and evaluated a collaborative effort between nursing and social science of health communication. The purpose of the phenomenological qualitative study was to examine the impact of standardized patient experiences (SPE) in the education of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), thus add to the mounting evidence of SPE’s possibilities.

Pamela Cook, MSN, RN, CNS

Pamela Cook

Assistant Professor
BSN, Penn State University
MSN, Bloomsburg University
pcook@bloomu.edu

Elisabeth D. Culver, Ph.D., CNM

Elisabeth D. Culver

Assistant Professor
BSN, Pennsylvania State University
MSN, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Marywood University
eculver@bloomu.edu

Margie Eckroth-Bucher, Ph.D., RN

Margie Eckroth-Bucher

Professor
BSN, Wilkes University
MSN, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Widener University
meckroth@bloomu.edu

Michelle Ficca, Ph.D., RN

Michelle Ficca

Breiner Endowed Professor
Graduate Program Director
BSN, East Stroudsburg University
MS, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Widener University
mficca@bloomu.edu

Annette Gunderman, D.Ed., RN

Annette Gunderman

Associate Professor
BSN, Bloomsburg University
MSN, D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
agunderm@bloomu.edu

Elizabeth Hammond-Ritschard, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor
BSN, Eastern University
MSN, Cedar Crest College
eritschard@bloomu.edu

Todd Hastings, M.S., RN, Ph.D.

Todd Hastings

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Phoenix
M.S. RN, Wilkes University
M.S. Penn State University
B.A. Rutgers University
A.A.S. Luzerne County Community College
thasting@bloomu.edu

Hastings presented recently completed dissertation research at the 29th annual conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and at the 18th annual conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses.

This oral presentation entitled “Applying Research Evidence in the Transformation of Psychiatric Undergraduate Nursing Education: A Quantitative Quasi-Experimental Study Addressing Nursing Student Attitudes Toward Mental Illness” described a large quantitative research study surveying nursing student perceptions of mental illness at eight professional nursing programs. This study focused on the importance of clarifying and modifying student attitudes about people with mental illness.

Mary-Lee Helbing, M.S.N., CRNP

Assistant Professor
BSN, Bloomsburg University
MSN, Bloomsburg University
mhelbing@bloomu.edu

Cheryl Jackson, DNP, CRNP

Cheryl Jackson

Assistant Professor
ADN, Catonsville Community College
BSN, University of Maryland
MSN, College Misericordia
DNP, University of Alabama
cjackso2@bloomu.edu

Devon J. Manney, MSN, RN

Devon J. Manney

Assistant Professor
MSN, Mansfield University
BSN, Bloomsburg University
dmanney@bloomu.edu

Lori Metzger, Ph.D., NP-C, RN-BC

Lori Metzger

Assistant Professor
Director of Nursing Administration/MBA Program
Diploma, Presbyterian School of Nursing
BSN, MSN, Bloomsburg University
Ph.D., Marywood University
lmetzger@bloomu.edu

Matzger presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater Florida on “Assimilating Nursing Students into the Community: Simulation in Public Health." This oral presentation demonstrated the recent teaching innovation implemented in Nursing 410 Public Health Nursing. Through four specific scenarios in correctional health, home health, occupational health and school health, students participate in this simulation to enhance their learning in health settings in a community-based and community-oriented nursing practice.

Metzger presented this with the Director of the Simulated Learning Lab for the Nursing Department Mary-Lee Helbing, MSN. Through this endeavor of teaching innovation, Metzger and Helbing have been awarded a TALE grant for introducing the technology of telehealth into these simulated scenarios.

Mindi Miller, Ph.D., CRRN

Mindi Miller

Associate Professor
BSN, Southern Adventist University
MSN, University of Florida
M.A., University of New Mexico
Ph.D., Rice University
mmiller2@bloomu.edu

Miller presented at the 6th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference sponsored by the International Society on Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning (ISSOTL) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada this summer. Her podium presentation entitled “Shared Thresholds: A Cutting-edge Dual-course for Any Upper Class Major or Graduate Student” described capstone projects, as well as Quality Matters® standards for distance education.

This presentation contrasted General Education (GE) content, particularly information literacy (IL), to the theory of threshold concepts by using a crosswalk of GE and IL standards. As educators know, student learning outcomes (SLOs) are measurable end points, but threshold concepts involve more than SLOs to include the progression of learning. Threshold concepts were compared with student advancement from a commonsense perspective to project development that applied content and learner proficiencies to meet published standards.

Debra Minzola, Ph.D., MSN, CRNA

Debra Minzola

Nurse Anesthesia Program Director
Assistant Professor
BSN, Bloomsburg University
MSN, University of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia
Ph.D., University of Phoenix
dminzola@bloomu.edu

Carol M. Moore, MSN, CRNP

Carol M. Moore

Assistant Professor
BSN, Bloomsburg University
MSN, University of Pennsylvania
cmoore@bloomu.edu

Kimberly Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN

Kimberly A. Olszewski

Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs
Assistant Professor
BSN, Lycoming College
MSN-ANP, Bloomsburg University
DNP, Chatham University
FAAOHN, Fellow American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
kolszews@bloomu.edu

Lynn M. Painter, DNSc., RN

Lynn M. Painter

Assistant Chairperson
Assistant Professor
BSN, Bloomsburg University
MSN, College Misericordia
DNSc., The Catholic University of America
lpainter@bloomu.edu

Katherine A. Raker, MSN, CNM, RNC-OB

Katherine A. Raker

Assistant Professor
BSN, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
MSN, University of Cincinnati
kraker@bloomu.edu

Debra Sanders, Ph.D., RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Debra Sanders

Assistant Professor
BSN, College Misericordia
MSN, Bloomsburg University
Ph.D., Marywood University
FNGNA, Fellow of National Gerontologic Nurses Association
dsanders@bloomu.edu

Sanders and Susan Beck presented at the national ATI Nursing Education Summit, Nashville, TN. Their poster presentation, “ Therapeutic Communication Vignettes: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Engage Senior Level Nursing Students”, demonstrated teaching innovation in the Adult Health 2 senior level nursing course, in which simulated case scenarios and group process is used to enhance the students communication and interaction techniques.

The ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) Summit is attended by nurse educators across the United States to expand and excel in nursing education through the use of integrated nursing education learning systems.

Kristy A. Sands, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Kristy A. Sands

Assistant Professor
BSN, Mansfield University
MSN, Mansfield University
ksands@bloomu.edu

Peggy Shipley, Ph.D., MSN

Peggy Shipley

Assistant Professor
BSN, Pennsylvania State University
MSN, University of Phoenix
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
pshipley@bloomu.edu

Debbie Stayer, Ph.D., RN-BC, CCRN

Debbie Stayer

Assistant Professor
BSN, University of Oklahoma
MSN, California State University Los Angeles
Ph.D., Duquesne University
dstayer@bloomu.edu

Rebecca Toothaker, Ph.D., RN

Rebecca Toothaker

Assistant Professor
Diploma, Reading Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, Kutztown University
MSN, University of Phoenix
Ph.D., University of Phoenix
rtoothak@bloomu.edu

Toothaker was able to present her research “The Impact of Clickers on Nursing Education: Millennial’s Perspective ” at the Elsevier Nursing Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2017. This poster presentation disseminated research findings from her grant to explore the millennial’s perception of clicker technology as an active strategy in a nursing classroom.

In addition, she published a manuscript stemming from her dissertation in the Journal of Professional Nursing entitled “A Phenomenological Study of Millennial Students and Traditional Pedagogies.” She was also able to present at the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP) annual education conference in March 2017. The title of the conference was: “Light the Way: Brighten a Student’s Tomorrow” The title of her accepted paper was “Clinical skills in the School Setting: You want me to do what?” The three hour podium presentation aimed to enhance the school nurses’ understanding of skills, adapt current techniques for nursing procedures, and provided a working knowledge of evidenced based practices for the school nurse.

Megan Walsh, Ph.D. (c), MSN, CRNP

Megan Walsh

Assistant Professor
BSN, University of Scranton
MSN, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. (c), Villanova University
mwalsh2@bloomu.edu