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  • Anne-Marie Albano, MSN, RN

    RN Assistant Clinical Professor | 413-265-2436
    Department(s): Nursing

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    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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  • Amy Audibert

    Program Assistant | 413-265-2409
    Department(s): Nursing, DNP Program

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  • Carly Berneche, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

    Assistant Professor of Nursing | 413-265-2277
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Dr. Berneche is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Elms College. She earned her BS in nursing in 2011 from Elms College, after which she practiced at Holyoke Medical Center as a critical care, cardiac, obstetrics, and newborn nurse. She earned her DNP in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track from Elms College in 2017. As an NP, she assisted in the opening of an interventional pain management practice at Holyoke Medical Center, and continues to practice as an NP in the urgent care setting at HMC. Dr. Berneche is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She lives in Wilbraham with her husband and two young children.

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  • Andrea Bertheaud, MSN, RN

    Assistant Clinical Professor
    Department(s): Nursing

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  • Sharon Brown, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    FNP Track Coordinator, Assistant Clinical Professor

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    Sharon Brown is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  As a nurse practitioner she has worked in urology and college health (primary care and urgent care).

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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 the MSN program, 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 and Sigma Theta Tau 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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  • 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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  • Deana Nunes, MSN, RN, CWCN

    Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Assistant Clinical Professor | 413-265-2569
    Department(s): Nursing

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    Deana Nunes is an Assistant Clinical Instructor at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She earned her BS in Nursing in 1994 and MSN in the Nurse Educator track in 2018 from Our Lady of the Elms College. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Southern Connecticut State University in the Nurse Faculty program. Deana is a certified wound care nurse, earning credentialing at Medical University of South Carolina’s Certified Wound Care Nurse program. She has used this clinical expertise for the past fifteen years in the emergent care, acute care, home care, outpatient, and long-term care settings.

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  • Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN

    Interim Dean, School of Nursing; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program; Associate Professor | 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 from her roles as a nurse leader in inpatient and ambulatory settings. 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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