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Portals: Artmaking, Health and Human Well-Being

Faculty Gallery Show Opening

Artmaking, Health and Human Well-Being

An exhibition highlighting how art making can be a portal to learning about ourselves, enhancing psysiological and psychological well-being and enabling interpersonal communication. The artistic metaphor of the portal has the potential to connect across demographic dierences, diparities, and abilities, serving as a refuge and sanctuary for the human condition.

Artwork by: Girija Kaimal, Michele D. Rattigan, Nancy T. MacGregor, Katrina Caroll-Haskins, Jessica M. Drass

December 13, 2018 - January 29, 2019

Painted Meditation
Saturday December 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
with Michele D. Rattigan

Arts and Health Lecture
Thursday January 24, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Overview of art therapy practice: Michele D. Rattigan
Arts and Health Research: Girija Kaimal

Closing Reception
Thursday January 24, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Dance movement therapy experiential: Dawn M. Morningstar
Virtual Reality Session: Arun Ramakrishnan, Girija Kaimal and Katrina Caroll-Haskins

Esther Klein Gallery

  • 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Gallery Hours: Monday — Saturday 9 — 5 Or by appointment
  • Free to the Public Wheelchair Access
  • (215) 966-6188,

Image: David Sutton

December 13

Seascape at sunset

Painted Meditation on Saturday

Creative Arts Therapies assistant clinical professor Michele D. Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, will be leading Painted Meditation at the Esther Klein Gallery this weekend.

  • Saturday, December 15
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Esther Klein Gallery
  • 3600 Market St., Philadlphia

This event is free to the public; supplies will be provided.

December 13

Students in wine and spirits class at the Academic Bistro. Photos by Branden Eastwood.

A Day in the Class

A Drexel Now new feature—"A Day in the Class"—spotlights some of the most interesting classes around Drexel.

Let marcom know if you have a class that should be featured!

December 13

Turkey dinner with all the trimmings

Spreading the Spirit of Giving

Kudos to the MSN Advanced Role Department faculty and professional staff for their generous contributions to support the 11th Street Turkey Dinner Basket Drive.

In the spirit of Holiday Giving, faculty and professional staff have raised $300 for the Turkey Dinner Basket Drive which will provide side dishes for 25 families. According to Roberta Waite, EdD, professor and assistant dean of Academic & Community Integration and director, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center is still collecting funds to provide side dishes for 160 needy families. “We are striving to give two cans of beans, two cans of corn, a box of stuffing, a box of corn bread, a box of brownies, gravy, cranberries and potatoes” so all families get the same items with the turkey they will receive from the Drexel Alumni Turkey Project.

There is still time to donate. Click here.

December 13

CNHP's physician assistant students volunteers

Service Learning for Physician Assistant Students

On December 4, didactic-year students from Physician Assistant program participated in a special service learning experience with Dornsife's Community Wellness HUB.

Students volunteered at The Dornsife Center's Holiday Community Dinner where they performed blood pressure screenings, provided education about hypertension and talked with community members about the physician assistant profession.

The PA program students and faculty wish to express their gratitude to thank Loretta Jemmott, PhD, Barbara McCall, Cary Tepel and all of the Dornsife Community Wellness HUB team for the opportunity to participate in this event.

December 12

Happy hour graphic

Get Your Happy On

Get your Happy Hour on!

December 13, 2018

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

City Tap Logan Square

A Best of Philly winner, City Tap Room offers Happy Hour specials like $5 beers and $5 and $6 bites.

Mark your calendar. Invite your co-workers. Let’s get out of the office.

If you have any question, please email Staff Council.

December 11

Tuesday Topics

Last Tuesday Topic of 2018

Tuesday Topics 

December 11 is the last Tuesday Topic of the year. We hope to see you there!

Testing a Dementia Care Intervention for Widespread Adoption: Nursing and Health Professions Perspectives

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Three Parkway Building, Room 639

Click link above for more info and to register.

December 11

The Dornsife Senior Group attending a gratitude event at the Wellness HUB

Recent HUB Events

October Highlights

The Community Wellness HUB in partnership with Drexel's College of Medicine attended the Lancaster Avenue Festival Day, celebrating the history and promise of Lancaster Avenue. Wellness HUB staff, medical residents and student volunteers provided free health screenings/information and enjoyed engaging in conversation with community members about their health.

November Highlights

The Dornsife Center Community Dinner brought together residents for their annual Thanksgiving feast, where the Community Wellness HUB provided free blood pressure screenings to attendees with the help of volunteers from Drexel's physician assistant program. We had a great time handing out our 'winter wellness kits', including tissues, cough drops, hand sanitizer and chapstick to stay healthy this season!

The Dornsife Senior Group got together to learn about the health benefits of gratitude just in time for the holidays with Wellness HUB director, Barbara McCall and co-facilitator, Virginia Brooker. Participants shared smiles, laughs and meaningful conversations with one another about the positive effects of practicing gratitude and ended in an interactive group-building activity to promote gratitude for themselves, loved ones and those around them.

December 10

ACE Alumna Recognized for Excellence in Nursing

ACE alumna Alison Davis, BSN '12, is a unit director at UMPC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital. She is being recognized as an emerging leader and unsung hero in healthcare. Pittsburgh Magazine assembled a panel of judges, distinguished in their fields, to select the 2018 Excellence in Nursing honorees.

Congratulations Alison!

December 10

Laura Valenti, Executive Director of College Engagement, Marketing and Communications

Best in Shoe

From the desk of

George M. Merritt, III
IT Support Specialist and Fashion Guru

Please join me in congratulating LAURA VALENTI as this week’s Best in Shoe award winner.

She came to win with a very classic black suede high heel, elegantly trimmed with leather. She wore them with a tweed skirt suit. The jacket was also trimmed in leather around the collar, and at the waist belt.

This is Laura’s THIRD WIN! Keep the GOOD SHOES COMING!

Be sure to congratulate her, and get your heels ready for next week!

December 10

Mary Gallagher Gordon, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Memo from the Dean

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff:

I am writing today to announce that, as of January 1, 2019, Mary Gallagher Gordon, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE will become our College’s founding Vice Dean of Strategic Operations and Academic Services. This title recognizes the critical role Dr. Gallagher Gordon has had in CNHP and the extension of her responsibilities to include oversight of all operational and academic services that support faculty, staff and students. Her office represents the infrastructural pillars that enable us to uphold our core mission and values and carry out our manifold activities from teaching over 5,000 students face-to-face and online, as well as our research and conduct of practice in our various sites.

Dr. Gallagher Gordon has made and continues to make important contributions to CNHP since joining the faculty in 2002. As a National League of Nursing (NLN) board-certified nurse educator, she has taught at all levels within our nursing programs; through her work as a faculty member for the Macy Foundation grant to design case-based simulation curriculum for collaborative practice and professionalism, she has helped the College make great strides with institutionalizing interprofessional practice.

Dr. Gallagher Gordon has completed several leadership programs, such as the Biomedical Informatics Fellowship from the National Library of Medicine and Marine Biological Laboratory, the Harvard University-MIT Institute for Medical Simulation and Comprehensive Workshop in Medical Simulation and most recently the AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program. As a published author, she continues to bring attention to the University in the areas of nursing informatics, simulation in nursing and NCLEX review. In addition to book chapters, Dr. Gallagher Gordon is co-editor of PDA Connections: Mobile Technology for Health Care Professionals. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) and a reviewer for continuing education for the PSNA.

I am very excited about her new tile and extension of her position and know she will bring vision and action to move the College to the next level within the University including the development and refinement of structures, processes and metrics to maximize our efficiencies, output and impact. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gallagher Gordon on her new role. As I mentioned in a previous email, a new organizational chart will be forthcoming to graphically map out these important infrastructure changes.

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN
Distinguished University Professor and Dean

December 10

Pain Management Support Study

Pain Management Support Study

Are you a cancer survivor with chronic pain? If so, you may be eligible to participate in this study!

What is this research study about?

Pain in cancer survivors is difficult to treat. Opioids are often prescribed for pain management, yet they can have undesirable side effects and may put someone at risk for addiction or dependence. We want to examine if a pain management program that is music-based or verbal-based is more helpful in reducing pain and opioid use in cancer survivors with chronic pain.

What is involved?

  • Take part in 10 weekly 45-minute pain management sessions.
  • At three different time points in the study, you will be asked to fill out questionnaires related to your pain and opioid use. This will take approximately 15 minutes.


  • You will receive $40 for each of the three study measurements, totaling $120.
  • You will also receive $20 per therapy session, for an additional total of $200 for 10 therapy sessions.

Who can participate?

You may be eligible to take part if you:

  • Are a cancer survivor
  • Have been using opioids for your chronic pain for more than 3 months

Where does the study take place?

At Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and at Hahnemann University Hospital

If you are interested in participating in this study or have questions:

CLICK HERE to register and we will contact you or contact us at or 215-553 7025.


This research is conducted by a researcher who is a member of Drexel University and is approved by the Drexel University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the University's Human Research Protection Program.

December 9

Holiday Line Dancing at Dornsife

Want a fun way to stay active this holiday season?

Come move and groove to a healthy YOU during an hour of upbeat line dancing to your favorite holiday classics at the December Senior Group meeting! All are welcome.

  • December 14, 2018
  • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Ryan Hall S109
  • Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
  • 3509 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA
  • 215-571-3241 for questions and concerns

December 7

Implementation Meeting Reminder

Don't forget about the Implementation Science Interest Group meeting next week.

  • December 10, 2018
  • 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Drexel Center City Campus
    Three Parkway, room 1090 
    Zoom will be available as well.

The purpose if to learn about each other’s efforts and identify collective opportunities before we bring together Drexel researchers and scholars from across the University who are engaging in implementation science-related scholarship. Additionally, we would like to identify people interested in helping develop the CNHP-sponsored Summer Institute on Implementation Science.

Those who RSVP are asked to prepare one PowerPoint slide and a three-minute “flash” talk to help us understand the nature of their research. This will be followed by two minutes of questions/comments from participants and an open discussion. Please send the PowerPoint slide to Rachel Barnett.


December 5

Upcoming Online Learning Council Events

Higher Education’s Future: The Digital University

Anthony Picciano, PhD
Professor of Administration and Supervision, Instructional Leadership 
Hunter College (CUNY)
Author of Online Education: Foundations, Planning and Pedagogy (Routledge, 2018)

  • January 22, 2019 
  • 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Behrakis Grand Hall


Quarterly Professional Development Courses

Essentials of Online Teaching

In this five-week introductory professional development course, instructors learn different ways to engage online students and powerful practices for facilitating an online course. Through this instruction, faculty will also become familiar with different tools to engage learners. Online courses offer instructors and students a great opportunity to actively engage in course materials, regardless of one’s discipline. By the end of this course, you will have the pedagogical and technical skills to facilitate an online course. Developed by our most experienced online teaching faculty at Drexel, these courses have incorporated research-based best practices regarding how students learn in an online environment.

January 21 - February 22, 2019
April 15 - May 24, 2019
July 8 - August 9, 2019

Register for the Essentials Course

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

The university-wide trend is for faculty teaching online to become familiar with best practices associated with quality online course design. These best practices are associated with increasing student retention and faculty satisfaction with online education and have become increasingly important to accreditation bodies. This two-week training is designed to help you master best practices in online course design.

May 7-21, 2019

Register for the APPQMR Workshop

Advanced Pedagogy and Instructional Design

During the advanced five-week course, faculty-students incorporate the Backward Design model of instructional design to construct portions of what will become a revised online course adhering to Quality Matters Standards™ of course design. Engagement is accomplished using collaborative learning and incorporated throughout this second course. Moreover, students will learn and integrate the principles of Universal Design.

February 25 - March 29, 2019
June 24 - July 26, 2019

Register for the Advanced Pedagogy Course

Course Reviews

The OLC also offers support for faculty-initiated, confidential reviews of online and hybrid courses. The options include:

  • Core Design Element Checklist (CDEC) guided self-review
  • Peer Review: An OLC Faculty Fellow reviews and consults on your course guided by the Drexel University Core Design Element Checklist.
  • Peer Review: A team of three OLC Faculty Fellows conducts a peer review of the design of your online or hybrid course using the Quality Matters Rubric. The team leader is available for further consultation. Please follow the link above to learn more and/or to request a course peer review.


The OLC coordinates five cross-disciplinary committees supporting technology-enhanced teaching and learning. If you’d like to learn more or join, see the link above and contact the committee chairs:

  • Accessibility
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Professional Development
  • Student Support and Engagement
  • TAGG (Teaching Across Geography Group)

December 5

Service Recognition Luncheon image

Service Recognition

On December 3, 66 people from the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Center for Food and Hospitality Management were recognized at a luncheon at the Bellevue for 5, 10, 15 20 and 25 years of service. Thanks to DU Human Resources for providing the list.

Center for Food and Hospitality Management

Five Years

Jonathan Deutsch, Professor
Paul O'Neill, Assistant Clinical Professor
Michael Traud, Assistant Clinical Professor
Rosemary Trout, Assistant Clinical Professor

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Twenty-five Years

Nancy Gerber Retiree, Creative Arts Therapy
Alicemarie Poyss, Associate Clinical Professor, MSN-Advanced Practice Role
Marlene Watson, Associate Professor, Behavioral Health Counseling

Twenty Years

Lisa Chiarello, Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Fifteen Years

Lewis Bennett, Chair and Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
Margaret Breslin, Academic Counselor, BSN-Accelerated Nursing
Ferne Cohen, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Theresa Fay-Hillier Assistant Clinical Professor, BSN- Cooperative Nursing
Robert Feenan IT & AV Manager, College Operations
Lora Furman Executive Director, Assessment and Operations
Karyn Holt, Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
Arlene McCullough, Medical Receptionist, 11th St Family Health Services
Kathryn Mitchell, Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Kymberlee Montgomery, Chair and Associate Clinical Professor, Advance Practice Nursing
Jennifer Quinlan, Associate Professor, Nutrition Sciences
Joy Terrell, Coordinator, Contracts and Compliance, College Operations
Roberta Waite, Professor, Assistant Dean of Academic and Community Integration and Director of 11th St. Family Health Services
Linda Wilson, Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean, Nursing

Ten Years

Adrian Banning, Assistant Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
Erin Clark, Coordinator, Contracts and Compliance, College Operations
Jill Derstine, Associate Clinical Professor, MSN-Advanced Practice Role
Judith Ensslin, Program Director, Nutrition Sciences
Noel Goodstadt, Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
Mary Green, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
Ebonie Holland, Admin CMA, 11th St Family Health Services
Michael Kirifides, Assistant Teaching Professor, Health Sciences
Margery Lockard, Clinical Professor, Health Sciences
Bobbie Posmontier, Associate Professor, Doctoral Nursing Programs

Five Years

Janet Zimmerman, Assistant Clinical Professor, MSN-Advanced Practice Role
Lisa Aiello-Laws, Assistant Clinical Professor, RN to BSN
Tita Atte, Project Manager, Family Therapy
Yasmine Awais, Assistant Clinical Professor, Creative Arts Therapy
Nicole Blango, Program Coordinator, MSN-Nurse Practitioner
Guy Diamond, Associate Professor and Director, Family Intervention Science
Jane Donovan, Assistant Clinical Professor, BSN- Co-op Nursing
Brenda Douglass, Assistant Clinical Professor, Advance Nursing Practice
Susan Feinstein, Program Coordinator, Health Administration
Amanda Freiberg, Student Services Manager, MSN-Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Giorgio, Administrative Coordinator, Health Administration
Maureen Gonzales, Assistant Clinical Professor, BSN-Accelerated Nursing
Collette Hain, Family Nurse Practitioner, 11th St. Family Health Services
Cynthia Hambach, Assistant Clinical Professor, RN to BSN
Girija Kaimal, Assistant Professor, Creative Arts Therapy
Suzanne Levy-Rudolph, Director, Clinical Training ABFT
MaryKay Maley, Assistant Clinical Professor, RN to BSN
Ann McQueen, Assistant Clinical Professor, MSN-Nurse Practitioner
Brandy-Joe Milliron, Assistant Professor, Nutrition Sciences
Clare Milner, Associate Professor. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
Catherine Nowak, Associate Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
Giorgio Pietropaolo, Simulation Lab Specialist , Electronic & Clinical Resource Center
Sheila Plungis, Director, Clinical Services
Arun Ramakrishnan, Director, Research Labs
Patricia Riccio, Assistant Clinical Professor, MSN-Advanced Practice Role
Craig Schlanser, SR Graphic Designer, Marketing
Megan Schneider, Clinical Instructor, Physician Assistant
Leah Semmelhaack, Sr. Academic Advisor, Health Sciences
Elizabeth Tomaszewski, Assistant Clinical Professor, MSN-Nurse Practitioner
Sara Tomaszewski, Clinical Instructor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Virginia Wilson, Assistant Clinical Professor, MSN-Advanced Practice Role
Mary Zimmer, Assistant Clinical Professor, BSN- Co-op Nursing
Patti Zuzelo, Clinical Professor, Advance Nursing Practice

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication and service in making the Center and CNHP what we are today!

December 4

Best in Shoe winner Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor, Counseling and Family Therapy

Best in Shoe

From the desk of

George M. Merritt, III
IT Support Specialist and Fashion Guru

Please join in congratulating EBONY WHITE as last week’s Best in Shoe award winner. She came to win with an extremely artistic purple, royal blue and pink satin pump, in a water color like design. She wore them with a long, high waisted denim skirt and a white blouse.


Be sure to congratulate her and get your shoes ready to click for next week’s Best in Shoe Award!

December 4

Veronica Carey

Expanding Role for Assistant Dean

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff,

I am excited to announce the expansion of the role of Veronica Carey, PhD, CPRP, to include a new and enhanced focus on the well-being and growth of our student body. In her newly expanded role as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Affairs, Dr. Carey will oversee all student recruitment and retention efforts; manage the student appeals and grievances process; liaise with the University’s central Office of Student Affairs; work with departments to support program advisors, design and initiate exciting new programs to support the diverse needs of our students, create a culture for life-long learning and create pipelines for future and current students. She will work closely with the associate deans, chairs, student representatives and associated entities both in the College and the University to map out the student experience from application to graduation and beyond and from which to develop supportive approaches. She will also continue to build on her very important work with the Board of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, ensuring that our College is culturally competent and strengthening and building upon our commitment to diversity and inclusivity in our hiring and other practices.

Dr. Carey came to the College of Nursing and Health Professions in 2011 from Drexel‘s Department of Psychiatry, Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education. Today, as an associate clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, Dr. Carey continues to teach as well as speak internationally on the role of psychiatric rehabilitation practices as essential to global behavioral healthcare systems. In 2016, Dr. Carey became the assistant dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In this role, she made it a priority to “ensure all students, faculty and professional staff feel included and involved in CNHP and the University at large.” As chair of the CNHP Board of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, she has been instrumental in administering climate surveys to faculty, professional staff and students, as well as, bringing events such as “Reproducing Race with Khiara Bridges, PhD,” and “Cultural Minds: Navigating Family, Peers and Academics.” Dr. Carey will continue to build upon and grow these important activities in her new expanded role. This appointment reflects CNHP’s ongoing endorsement of its core values of social justice and health equity and is part of a strategic vision to strengthen and support our students and advance a culture of inclusivity.

As there are several organizational changes, a new organizational chart will be shared shortly. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Carey’s new role.

Dean Gitlin

December 4

Students and faculty at a World AIDS event at Drexel University

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is December 1st!

On November 29, to mark World AIDS Day, WISE (Drexel West Indian Student Establishment) coordinated an event in Creese Student Center to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS affecting members of the Caribbean and African Diaspora in disproportionate rates. WISE’s president is Ebony Johnson, a BSN-Co-Op nursing student, related that WISE is committed to spreading education and prevention messaging to the students of Drexel University.

Students were joined by members of CNHP faculty, The Dornsife Community Wellness HUB and DUCOMs Partnership for Comprehensive Care Practice. HIV/AIDS education, prevention messaging, and free, rapid HIV testing/counseling services were provided during this event and are continued throughout this AIDS Awareness Week as well as every Tuesday evening at CNHP’s Dornsife Community Wellness HUB.

December 3

Heather Brossman, a DHSc student in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, her advisor, Dr. Maggie O'Neil, along with Dr. Jane Sweeney, Program Director, Pediatric transitional DPT, Physical Therapy Fellowship in Neonatology, and Pediatric Summer Institute at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

DHSc Student Presents at APPTAC

Heather Brossman, a DHSc student in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, presented some of her preliminary dissertation work during the poster session at the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference (APPTAC) in Chattanooga, TN.

Her poster, entitled "Factors Associated with Physical Activity and Childhood Obesity: Considerations for Physical Therapy Interventions," was a great fit for this conference, which focused on the value of physical activity, health promotion and fitness for children and adolescents with and without disabilities.

Pictured here are Heather and her advisor,Maggie O'Neil, PhD along with Jane Sweeney, PT, PhD, program director, Pediatric transitional DPT, Physical Therapy Fellowship in Neonatology, and Pediatric Summer Institute at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Sweeney is a leader in the area of pediatric practice and research and offered positive feedback on Brossman's dissertation work.

December 3


Communicating Research to Inspire Citizen Engagement

  • Monday, December 10, 2018
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Academic Bistro
    101 N. 33rd Street, 6th Floor

This quarter, join us for "food for thought" in the Academic Bistro, presented by Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean and distinguished University professor, where she will share her experiences and insights of communicating research to various populations. The dean will explore the implications of her work to address the complex health and wellness needs of older adults and their families, as well as the challenges she faces to bring knowledge and understanding of her research to broad audiences. 

Now in its eighth year, ScholarSip is an annual event series hosted by the Drexel University Libraries that seeks to nurture Drexel's intellectual life and cross-campus community through informal gatherings where faculty and professional staff exchange ideas sparked by greater awareness of interdisciplinary research.

Click here for more information about ScholarSip or to suggest a future topic.

Drexel University Libraries look forward to seeing you for good conversation among faculty and professional staff!

December 3

Tuesday Topics

Check Out December's Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topics 

There are two Tuesday Topics in December. Join us for a panel discussion on December 4 and a presentation on December 11.

Applying for the Dean’s Rapid Response Relevant (R3) Grant and CNHP Research Award

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, Room 639

Testing a Dementia Care Intervention for Widespread Adoption: Nursing and Health Professions Perspectives

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Three Parkway Building, Room 639

Click links above for more info and to register.

December 3

Turkey dinner with all the trimmings

Turkey Dinner Basket Drive

Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center Turkey Dinner Basket Drive

Holidays bring loved ones together around the dinner table for plenty of food, laughter and moments of thanks. You can help local Philadelphia families enjoy the time-honored tradition of gathering for a holiday meal when you donate to the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center Turkey Dinner Basket Drive.

Your gift provides additional side dishes for 11th Street families receiving a Turkey meal from the Drexel Alumni Turkey Project. Give online: HERE

December 1

Olaf with Pound Sticks

December POUND Dates

Parkway POUND Fitness Workout with Kym Montgomery
Sign up for DECEMBER classes now!

Three Parkway, 2nd Floor
Classes limited to 17!

Tuesday, December 4th - 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 13th - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18th - 4 p.m.

Cost: Your sweat!
Bring a water bottle and be ready to sweat!

What is POUND? Check it out!

December 1

 Leslie Calimer, MS, assistant director of RN to BSN program

Nursing Faculty Presents at OADN Convention

A team of faculty and students from the CNHP online BSN degree completion programs gave three presentations and three posters at the Organization of Associate Degree Nurses (OADN) 2018 Convention, Philadelphia entitled “Population Health: A Vision for Nursing Education.”

Faculty were able to network with educators, deans and directors from community colleges both locally and from across the nation. Sandra Friedman, CNM, MSN, assistant clinical professor, presented a session entitled "Increasing Population Health Awareness Using a Digital Clinical Experience," Jane Greene-Ryan, PhD, associate clinical professor presented a session entitled "Community Health and Global Health Become One: Population Health: Local and Global." Karen Goldschmidt PhD, RN to BSN completiong department chair, organized and participated on a national panel discussion titled: “Gaps/Overlaps in Teaching QSEN Competencies in ADN and RN-BSN Programs.”

Assistant director of the RN to BSN program Leslie Calimer, MS and Samuel Price, MFA, an academic advisor, presented a poster entitled "Proactive Student Advising: The Critical Role of the Advisor for Academic Progression in Nursing." "The Lived Experience of Concurrent ADN-BSN Enrollment: Answering the IOM's Call for Academic Progression In Nursing” is the name of the poster presented by Goldschmidt and Faye A. Meloy PhD and Greene-Ryan, Lekha Viswanath, PhD, Danielle Woszcyna, BSN, RN and Adam Zahn, MS presented “Take Us With You!! Connecting with India: Use of Global Classroom Technologies in a US-based, Exclusively Online AD-BSN Program.”

December 1

Richard Fortinsky, PhD Professor, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Testing Dementia Care Intervention

Tuesday Topic

Testing a Dementia Care Intervention for Widespread Adoption: Nursing and Health Professions Perspectives

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Three Parkway Building, Room 639
  • Open to Live and In-Person Attendees


  • Richard Fortinsky, PhD, professor, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) is an evidence-based, in-home intervention designed to optimize function in persons with dementia by teaching family caregivers problem-solving skills for managing dementia-related symptoms and their own stress, and by assessing persons with dementia for underlying medical conditions affecting function and behavior. This presentation will provide an overview of the COPE-CT study, which is testing the effectiveness and implementation of COPE within Connecticut’s Medicaid and state-funded home care program for older adults. Emerging findings from the COPE-CT study will be presented, along with implications of emerging findings for nurses, other health professions, and efforts to translate evidence-based dementia care programs into existing service and reimbursement systems. 


November 30

Graduate nursing faculty Joanne Farley Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN, CNE and Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE

Faculty Present at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference

Graduate nursing's Joanne Farley Serembus, EdD, associate clinical professor, and Jackie Murphy, MSN, assistant clinical professor, presented "Creating an Engaging Online Environment Through Video Discussions" at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference in Orlando, Florida.

This annual conference is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. They instituted the use of video discussions in lieu of text discussion boards in their online classes for nurse educators a year ago. The success has been overwhelming. Serembus and Murphy have conducted a pilot study on the use of video discussions versus text and will be expanding this to a full research study.

November 29

Nursing Workplace Bullying Expert Guest on Radio

Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, a clinical professor from graduate nursing, was recently a guest speaker on a nationally broadcasted radio show “Once a Nurse: Always a Nurse.” This regular broadcast forum intends to inspire conversation for nurses regarding contemporary trends and issues in nursing and healthcare-at-large.

Clements spoke on the ongoing issues of “Workplace Bullying: Not acceptable / Not Tolerated.” At a time when we need each and every nurse available and by 2030 will need 90 million more worldwide, we cannot afford to allow this situation to continue.

What is bullying? How do we stop it? Listen to the archive of this November 26th presentation here.

November 29

Kusuma Schofield, MSEd, MPH, Administrative Coordinator for Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (PA SNAP-Ed)

EAT RIGHT PHILLY Poster presented at APHA

Kusuma Schofield, MSEd, MPH, administrative coordinator for Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (PA SNAP-Ed), presented Department of Nutrition Sciences research on behalf of the PA-SNAP Ed/Eat Right Philly Program at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.

The conference, which took place in San Diego, California in early November, had a theme of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. The poster presentation was entitled, “The Drexel University Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed / EAT.RIGHT.NOW. Nutrition Education Program: Building the Framework for Cross-Collaborative Approaches to Create Policy, System and Environmental Changes.” Co-authors of the poster were: Jessica Cullison, MS, RDN, LDN, assistant director of PA SNAP-ED/EAT RIGHT PHILLY, Judy Ensslin, MS, RDN, LDN, program director of PA SNAP-ED/EAT RIGHT PHILLY, and Stella L. Volpe, PhD, principal investigator of PA SNAP-ED/EAT RIGHT PHILLY. It was accepted under the APHA Food & Nutrition Section. PA SNAP-Ed is a grand funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

November 29

Participants at Tuesday Topics: Cultural Minds

Tuesday Topic Recap

Well, the title may have been misleading, but the dialogue was amazing. Students of CNHP shared what it is like to be a student in class, on campus, in the minority, in the majority, first generation, as well as saving face for the family. Whew!

We expect so much of young minds and the last thing we as an academic community should do is layer cultural or ethnic disparity issues. Consider:

  • Microaggressions (this seat is taken)
  • Macroaggressions (not being asked to join study meetings
  • Emotional moments (no one seems to want to engage me)
  • Familial responsibilities (wearing the weight of the world on my shoulders)
  • Ignorance (I had no idea)

All was discussed as the audience was charged with determining the cognitive depression elements in each story based on the brief tutorial led by Veronica Carey, PhD, assistant dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and associate clinical professor in Behavioral Health Counseling. Carey thinks a round-two Tuesday Topic is in order. How about "What Do We Do as an Institution to Stop Students Having These Occurrences…Hmmmm!"

Appearing in the photo in the following order are:

  • Linh Pham (BSN student)
  • Alyssa Abraham (Behavioral Health Counseling student)
  • Veronica Carey, PhD
  • Ashley Caldaro (Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student)
  • Shekeilia Yates (BSN student)

November 28

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