Anne-Marie Albano, MSN, RN
Anne-Marie Albano is a professional registered nurse with over twenty years of nursing experience at Mercy Medical Center. During her career at Mercy, Anne-Marie’s clinical focus was in Critical Care and Cardiac nursing. She also spent over ten years in leadership and management in the acute care setting of Care Coordination, nursing supervision, social services, and behavioral health. In both her educational and professional career, Anne-Marie is committed to Catholic education. She eared her MSN from Elms and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Anne-Marie is a certified ACLS and BLS instructor and currently teaches Nursing Care of the Older Adult and Nursing Leadership and Management of Care. Her research and educational interests include improving the patient experience, Leadership and Nursing Care Management, Cardiac Care, and Geriatrics.
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Suzanne Barenski, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Barenski is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher. In her administrative role as Director, Dr. Barenski coordinates the RN-BS degree completion program on two campus sites, main campus and the Berkshire Campus located in Pittsfield, MA. She serves as academic advisor for the RN-BS students. Her areas of teaching expertise include family theory, population health, leadership and most recently genetics and quality and safety in healthcare. Her research interests include parenting, family-centered nursing, and transitional life experiences. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Transition to Fatherhood: a Puerto Rican Perspective.” Dr. Barenski is an active member of Delta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as well as the National Honor Society of Alpha Sigma Lambda.
Karen Braccialarghe, MSN, RN, CCRN
Karen Braccialarghe has been a professional registered nurse since 2003. Her career focus has been in pediatric critical care which also includes adult congenital heart disease, complex cardiac surgery, and extra corporeal blood purification therapies. She is certified in pediatric critical care, ACLS, and PALS. Karen Braccialarghe began her career at Massachusetts General Boston and has practiced nursing at Connecticut Children’s since 2007. She was the renal coordinator for advanced dialysis therapies offered to pediatric patients in the ICU. Karen Braccialarghe earned her MSN from Elms and currently teaches Care of the Adult to undergraduate students. Her areas of interest in nursing education include improving the nursing process through evidence based practice, professional role development, and curriculum design. Karen Braccialarghe is a member of the Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Marjorie Childers, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Childers became a nurse after many years of teaching sociology and women’s studies. Her practice has been in adult and adolescent mental health nursing. She served as interim director of nursing at Elms from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Childers’ areas of expertise are nursing theory, the evolution of nursing and scholarly writing.
Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RN
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.
Laurie Downes, Ph.D., RN
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.
Br. Michael Duffy, DNP , ANP-BC
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.
Elizabeth Fiscella, DNP, APRN, GCNS, CNE
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. Ficella 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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Leticia Kennedy, MSN, RN
Leticia Kennedy is an experienced nurse leader and clinician. Her clinical focus has been in the perioperative setting, which includes admitting and discharges, operating room, endoscopy, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), pre-anesthesia evaluation and pain management. She holds certifications as a perioperative nurse (CNOR) and in ACLS. Her areas of interest in nursing education include promoting certification of nurses in their practice setting. Leticia is a member of The Association of perioperative Nurses (AORN) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Gale LaBelle, B.S., RN
Gale LaBelle recently joined the Elms College School of Nursing as the Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator following several years of simulation lab instruction at a local university. Her practice focus has been in Cardiac Care, Gerontology and Medical Surgical Nursing. Her area of interest in nursing education is to provide meaningful student experiences through simulation. Gale has served on a number of hospital committees and serves her local community as the Chairperson of the Becket Board of Health.
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Janet Lucier, MSN, RN, HNB-BC, CCAP
Jan Lucier is a nurse educator and credentialed as a Board Certified Holistic Nurse and Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner. Her areas of expertise in teaching include psychiatric nursing, community health, global and holistic nursing, Jan has been an adjunct clinical instructor for Fundamentals, Psychiatric, and Community Health in area nursing programs. She practices as a holistic nurse leader, speaker, and healer in a variety of diverse settings as well as maintaining a holistic business. Jan has done research in aromatherapy measuring the effects of essential oils on stress levels in psychiatric nurses. She also has lead the national holistic nursing drum circle and presented nationally. Holistic Nurses in Pain Management in Primary Care setting. Her interest include non-pharmacological interventions and contributing to the Recovery Learning Community and Clubhouse model with behavioral health clients, holistic modalities including therapeutic drumming, Master Teacher of Reiki and Karuna Reiki, Cherokee Body Work , Mindfulness Meditation, clinical aromatherapy, Capacitar and Chapter leaders for "Dining for Women". Professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and American Holistic Nurses Association.
Assistant Clinical Professor Newell-Stokes coordinates the RN-BS degree completion program offered at the campus sites of Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Quinsigimond Community College in Worcester, Holyoke Community College in Holyoke and Greenfield Community College in Greenfield.
Deana Nunes, MSN, RN
Deana Nunes joins the Elms College School of Nursing faculty in the Fall of 2017. She has worked full time at a local hospital as a wound care specialist and earned her wound care certification at the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing in Charleston.
Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN
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.
Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RN
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.
Andrew Storer, Ph.D., DNP, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC
2011 Post-Masters Certification, Nursing Education, Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia 2009 Post-Masters Certification, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Joyce Thielen, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Thielen is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher. In her administrative role as Associate Dean, Dr. Thielen coordinates the traditional undergraduate program. Her areas of expertise in teaching include gerontology, nursing theory, and most recently informatics in nursing and healthcare. Her research interests include cognitive impairment, care giving of those with memory problems and care of the older adult. Her doctoral dissertation entitled, "Women’s Experiences While Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer" has been presented at research conferences in several locations in the Northeast. Dr. Thielen was selected to attend the American Association of Nurses (AACN) "train the trainer" conferences for both the Gerontology Nursing Education Conference (GNEC) and the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN). She is an active member and vice-president of Beta Zeta Chapter at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Porchlight VNA/Home Care.