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Meet the Dr.N.P. Inaugural Class of 2005!

Dr. Susan E. Baseman, M.S., A.P.R.N., B.C.

Voorhees, N.J.

Practitioner Track December 2008.

Clinical Dissertation Title: "The Relationship of Physical Function to Social Integration Following Stroke."

Education: post-master's certificate in nursing administration, Villanova University; M.S., University of Delaware, cardiopulmonary C.N.S.;
B.S.N., Widener University; ANCC board-certified clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing.

Current Position: senior advanced practice nurse and stroke program coordinator for the Division of Neurology at Cooper University Hospital.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: What is the relationship between perceptions of social integration post-CVA and changes in physical functioning over time? Approved 6/28/06 Quantitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "The Dr.N.P. 'hybrid' doctorate seems to fit with my professional and personal goals, needs, and interests. I consider myself to be, first and foremost, a clinician, so the availability of a clinically-oriented doctorate for me was ideal."

 

Dr. Rose Marie E. Kunaszuk, C.N.M., M.S.N.

Conshohocken, Pa.

Clinical Scientist Track May 2009.

Clinical Dissertation Title: "Intimacy, Libido, Depressive Symptoms, and Marital Satisfaction in Postpartum Couples."

Education: M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University; certificate in midwifery, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing; B.S.N., Hahnemann University; A.D.N., Montgomery County Community College; certified nurse midwife, American College of Nurse Midwives.

Current Position: certified nurse midwife, Ob/Gyn Care of Southern New Jersey, Lindenwold, N.J.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: What is the relationship between libido and intimacy in multiparous women in the post-partum period? Approved 6/1/06 Quantitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "It is very important for me to continue my clinical practice while furthering my education. I have confidence in the Drexel name, and I am an alumna of Hahnemann University, so I feel at home here."

 

Dr. Susan G. Lorenz, R.N., M.S.N.

Warminster, Pa.

Clinical Executive Track May 2009.

Clinical Dissertation Title: "Hospital Room Design and Health Outcomes of the Aging Adult."

Education: post-master's certificate, Johns Hopkins University, Business of Nursing; M.S.N., Widener University, Emergency/Critical Care Nursing; B.S.N., Edinboro University.

Current Position: chief nursing officer, University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton, N.J.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: Is there a difference in adverse effects in the hospitalized older adult between those admitted to private versus semi-private rooms? Approved 6/06/06 Quantitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "The Drexel Dr.N.P. Program appealed to me because of its focus on clinical practice. Nurses who are practicing in the clinical arena as educators, practitioners, or administrators must possess the tools necessary to complete research on real problems within our varied healthcare settings."

 

Diane M. Price, R.N., M.S., A.N.P., B.C., doctoral candidate.

Frankfort, N.Y.

Clinical Scientist Track.

Education: M.S. in Nursing, SUNY Institute of Technology (IT), adult nurse practitioner; B.S. in Nursing, SUNY IT; B.S. in social theory, social structure, and social change, Empire State College; Diploma in Nursing, Albany Medical Center School of Nursing, Albany, N.Y.; ANCC Certified—Advanced Practice Palliative Care Management and Adult Nurse Practitioner.

Current Position: adult nurse practitioner, Masonic Care Community, Utica, N.Y.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: How do terminally ill individuals, discharged from hospice services, explain their living beyond their medically predicted time interval to death? Approved 6/6/06 Qualitative.

Why I chose the Drexel DrNP Program: "It's an innovative program that combines practice and research."

 

Dr. Ann B. Townsend, R.N., M.S.N., A.P.R.N.-B.C.

Moorestown, N.J.

Practitioner Track November 2008.

Clinical Dissertation Title: "The Association of Weight and Health Promotion Practices of Middle-Aged Women."

Education: post-master's certificate, Temple University, adult nurse practitioner; M.S.N., Thomas Jefferson University, critical care nursing C.N.S.; B.S.N., Stockton State College; ANCC board-certified adult nurse practitioner and C.N.S. in medical-surgical nursing.

Current Position: adult cardiovascular nurse practitioner, Cardiovascular Associates, Delaware Valley, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: What are the health promotion practices of morbidly obese women, obese women, and women of standard weight? Approved 7/28/06 Quantitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "The Dr.N.P. Program at Drexel offers a clinical-based doctorate with a research component, which is consistent with my professional goals. I found the schedule practical for the career professional with realistic timelines for completion. In addition, during the initial application phase, the faculty were extremely welcoming and supportive."

 

Marisol Valle-Ortiz, R.N., M.S.N., P.N.P., doctoral candidate.

Pennsauken, N.J.

Clinical Executive Track

Education: post-master's certificate in nursing administration, Villanova University; M.S.N., Drexel University, Pediatric N.P. Program; B.S.N., Drexel University; A.D.N., Community College of Philadelphia.

Current Position: nurse manager and founder, Bilingual Medical-Surgical Unit, Temple University Hospital.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: What are the effects of type of interpreter service used on accuracy and patient's level of understanding of discharge instructions? Approved 8/15/06 Quantitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "I want to be one of the 'fire-starters' of moving research and bedside nursing closer together to improve patient outcomes in a more timely fashion than is the current practice of most doctoral programs."

 

Susan M. Walker, R.N., M.S.N., doctoral candidate.

Palmyra, N.J.

Educator Track.

Education: M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania, health leadership; B.S.N., York College.

Current Position: clinical nurse educator of perioperative services Pennsylvania Hospital University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: Can a mindfulness-based meditation intervention impact perioperative stress in first time living-related donor kidney recipients? Approved 6/6/06 Quantitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "It was the perfect combination of clinical nursing and research for an advanced practice nurse like me."

 

Dr. Michael Clark , M.S.N., C.R.N.P.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Educator Track June 2009.

Clinical Dissertation Title: "The Characteristics and Safety Outcomes of Student and Staff Nurse Negotiation."

Education: B.A. in biology/secondary education, La Salle University; B.S.N., Thomas Jefferson University; M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania, Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner Program; post-master's: 60 credits toward Ph.D in psycho-educational processes (Organizational Behavior/Adult Education/Group Dynamics).

Current Position: nurse practitioner, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: How do student nurses and staff nurses perceive the dynamics of their interactions related to student-identified patient-care issues in the context of the clinical learning experience? Approved 8/15/06 Qualitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "I wanted a program with a strong preparation in research that meets the needs of those who are seeking to both develop and apply the science of design in exploring excellence in nursing education and practice."

 

Dr. Joan E. Zaccardi , M.S., A.P.R.N., B.C.

Middletown, N.J.

Practitioner Track December 2008.

Clinical Dissertation Title: "The Effect of Pelvic Muscle Re-education on Comfort in Women Having Surgery for Incontinence."

Education: M.S., Rutgers University, family nurse practitioner;B.S.N., Monmouth University; diploma, Clara Mass Hospital School of Nursing; ANCC board-certified as a family nurse practitioner.

Current Position: nurse practitioner and manager, Health Center for Women, Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.

Clinical Dissertation Research Question: What is the effect of a pelvic muscle re-education intervention on stress incontinence and comfort in women following surgical correction? Approved 6/6/06 Quantitative.

Why I chose the Drexel Dr.N.P. Program: "I was looking for a doctoral program that combines clinical practice and research."