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University Updates Nurse Liaison Partners

September 26, 2017

The University of Scranton nursing faculty members updated its ongoing Clinical Liaison Nurse Model partners at Regional Hospital of Scranton, Moses Taylor Hospital and Geisinger Community Medical Center regarding research studies published by faculty members about the program. The Clinical Liaison Nurse Model, a community-based, academic-practice partnership the University began in 2009 pairs expert staff nurses with academic faculty to create an improved learning environment for undergraduate student nurses and an added level of safety for patients. According to Sharon Hudacek, Ed.D., professor of nursing at the University, documented research indicates that results of this model include exceptional preparation for clinical practice and higher levels of student and nurse satisfaction with the clinical learning environment in acute-care hospitals. The program also enhances opportunities for recruitment and retention of nurses for hospital practice partners.

(Regional photo above)

Pictured at The University of Scranton Clinical Liaison Nurse Model partner meeting at held at Regional Hospital of Scranton are, front row, from left: University of Scranton nursing students Shannon Schaeffer of Hopewell Junction, New Jersey; Robert Turlip of Archbald; and Victoria Patton of Staten Island, New York. Standing from left are: Sharon Hudecek, Ed.D., professor of nursing at the University; and representing Regional Hospital Warren Shotto, assistant chief nursing officer and 1981 and 2002 graduate of The University of Scranton; nurses Carmel Candelori; Cindy Stone, a 2004 graduate of The University of Scranton; Victoria Szumski, telemetry nurse manager; Laura Tompkins, a 2012 graduate of The University of Scranton; and Denise Loughney.

(Moses Taylor photo above)

Pictured at The University of Scranton Clinical Liaison Nurse Model partner meeting at held at Moses Taylor Hospital this summer are, seated, from left: Jessica Telencio, staff nurse; Andrea Kocker, nurse manager; and Corinne Mina, staff nurse, all from Moses Taylor. Standing: Colleen Heckman, assistant director of nursing laboratory at the University; and representing Moses Taylor Judy Ragukas, assistant chief nursing officer; Patricia Seliga, chief nursing officer; Michelle Binker, nurse educator; and Mindi Spear, director of women’s and children’s services.

(GCMC photo above)

Pictured at The University of Scranton Clinical Liaison Nurse Model partner meeting at held at Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) this summer are, seated, from left: nurses Lindsey Ford, GCMC; Marian Farrell, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the University; and Colleen Heckman, assistant director of nursing laboratory at the University. Standing are nurses MaryAnn McAndrew, GCMC, Angelo Venditti, D.N.P., vice president of nursing and Chief Nursing Officer of GCMC; Mary Jane DiMattio, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at the University; Linda Lewis, GCMC; and Mimi Kovaleski, GCMC.

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