Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RN
Dean, School of Nursing
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.
Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RN
Director, MSN Programs
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.
Br. Michael Duffy, DNP , ANP-BC
Associate Dean, Director Undergrad Prog.
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-BC, CNE
Director of the RN-BSN Program; Associate Professor
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.
Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
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.
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.
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.
Deana Nunes, MSN, RN, CWCN
Assistant Clinical Professor
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.
Anne-Marie Albano, MSN, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor
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.
Gale LaBelle, B.S., RN
Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator
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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