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  • Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RN

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    Director, MSN Programs | 413-265-2455
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Dr. Dakin is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher. In her administrative role as Director of Graduate Nursing Studies, Dr. Dakin coordinates the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Her areas of expertise in teaching are role development of the advanced prepared nurse, nursing research, and nurse educator practica courses. Dr. Dakin’s research interests include smoking cessation and nursing curriculum outcomes research. She has been an active participant in the Emergency Nurses Association and a member of the National Institute of Emergency Nursing Research. Dr. Dakin has presented her research on emergency department patient and staff issues; and smokers admitted to acute care psychiatric hospitals at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Dakin is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, the Organization of Nurse Leaders and Sigma Theta Honor Society.

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  • Laurie Downes, Ph.D., RN

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    Associate Professor | 413-265-2246
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Dr. Downes has extensive experience in nursing education and has taught in a variety of settings. Her areas of expertise and teaching at the baccalaureate level are women’s health and the childbearing family. At the masters level, Dr. Downes’ expertise is nursing theory and teaching methodologies. She has also taught across many other nursing specialties. Her areas of interest are curriculum development, program evaluation, and the use of technology in teaching. Dr. Downes conducted research on innovative teaching methodologies in nursing education and she is an accomplished presenter in the area of women’s health and teaching methods of nursing education.

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  • Br. Michael Duffy, DNP , ANP-BC

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    Associate Dean, Director Undergrad Prog. | 413-265-2437
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Br. Michael has extensive experience as an adult nurse practitioner and a nurse educator, teaching at the Elms from 1988 through 1997. He returned fall 2011 to the Elms as the Coordinator of the Accelerated Second Degree Program in Nursing. For years, Br. Michael has practiced in health care in homeless settings in Massachusetts, Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD; returning in July 2011 from a six-year assignment in Jamaica, West Indies, where he managed a rural (“bush “) clinic. Since returning, Br. Michael has completed his DNP and for his Capstone developed the ELMS caRe vaN – a mobile health care unit to serve the homeless and underserved in Chicopee, which allows pre-licensure students clinical experience. In addition, Br. Michael has taken students back to Jamaica each year for a Population Health/Community Nursing experience. Work continues with the doctoral students in developing ways to provide primary care to the underserved of Chicopee, both the homeless and those in schools.

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  • Elizabeth Fiscella, DNP, APRN, GCNS-BC, CNE

    Director of the RN-BSN Program; Associate Professor | 413-265-2471
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Dr. Fiscella is a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist with a wide variety of health care experiences from middle to senior management to nursing education. As a National League of Nursing (NLN) certified nurse educator (CNE) she specializes in theoretical and on-line nursing education in the areas of informatics, clinical simulation and research, particularly around geriatric care. As part of her passion for improving the care of American’s older Adults she has been an independent consultant for NLN’s ACES (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors project. She has given podium presentations of her work at national conventions, such as the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and NLN Education Summit. Dr. Fiscella is a longtime member of Sigma Theta Tau’s International Honor Society for Nursing, Beta Zeta Chapter, and has recently served as a nursing textbook reviewer and contributor for F.A. Davis Publishing.

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  • Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN

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    Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program | 413-265-2355
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Dr. Reske is the original member of the leadership team that developed the DNP program and has taught in the program since its inception in fall 2014. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience focusing on change management and process redesign. She currently teaches and coordinates a series of doctoral level courses including the scholarly DNP capstone immersion and project courses as well as courses in nurse leadership within organizations.

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  • Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RN

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    Dean, School of Nursing | 413-265-2320
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Dr. Scoble has over three decades in academic, administrative and consultant roles. Dr. Scoble joined Elms College in 2003 as the Director of the Division of Nursing at Elms College. At that time, Nursing was comprised of a small, baccalaureate program with 100 students. Acknowledging the growth of Nursing, Elms College dedicated the School of Nursing in 2013, making Dr. Scoble the founding Dean. Dr. Scoble has led Elms’ nursing program from a baccalaureate nursing program to now include a second degree accelerated track, RN-BS programs at 5 instructional sites, a Master of Science in Nursing program, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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