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Mary Ann Cordeau

Associate Professor of Nursing

AS, BS, Quinnipiac University; MSN, Southern Connecticut State University; PhD, University of Connecticut

School of Nursing


FYS 101

First Year Seminar - Fall 2017

NUR 440L

Holistic Nursing Integration Lab IV - Spring 2017


School of Nursing

Phone Number

(203) 582-8608

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I am a proud graduate of Quinnipiac University and member of the QU community. I am a nurse historian with a focus on nursing care during the nineteenth century. My interest in history began with frequent trips to the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Ct as a young girl. I was particularly interested in women’s lives during the 1800s. When I decided to pursue a doctorate degree, I chose to combine my love of nursing with my love of history. My interest in nineteenth century health care history led me to examine nursing care during the American Civil War a subject rarely studied in depth. My dissertation greatly contributed to the knowledge in this area. I also have an in-depth knowledge of health care artifacts. I serve a co-curator of the Josephine A. Dolan Collection. In my role as a faculty member, I share my knowledge of nursing history with my students. I help my students understand the social, political, and cultural factors that have affected the development of professional nursing. I am also interested in clinical simulation. I consider clinical simulation to be an effective teaching/learning strategy for fostering the transition from student to professional nurse. My research in this area focuses on the lived experience of clinical simulation, student concerns and coping strategies related to clinical simulation experiences and interventions to promote positive outcomes.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Didactic Courses: 2012: Nursing Science and Information Literacy 2012: Introduction to Nursing Research 2010 - 2012: Issues & Leadership in Nursing 2007 - 2011 Theoretical Basis for Nursing Lab and Clinical Courses: 2012: Holistic Nursing Integration Lab 1 2010 - 2012: Alterations of Holistic Integrity of Individuals IV (Clinical Simulation) 2007- 2011: Alterations of Holistic Integrity of Individuals I (Clinical Simulation)

Educational Background

Post-Doctorate, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. Research: Linking The Transition: A Substantive Theory of High-Stakes Clinical Simulation. Expertise Areas: Nursing theory development, Clinical Simulation Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. Dissertation: Acts of Caring: A History of the Lived-Experience of Nurse-Caring during the American Civil War. Expertise Areas: Nursing History, Historic Research Methods, American Civil War Nursing MS in Nursing, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut . Expertise Area: Nursing Education. B.S.N., Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut

All Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles – Original Research Cordeau, M.A. (2012). Linking the transition: A substantive theory of clinical simulation. Advances in Nursing Science, 35(3). Cordeau, M.A. (2010). The lived-experience of clinical simulation of novice nursing students International Journal for Human Caring, 14(2). Cordeau, M.A. (2009). A method for historicizing lived experience. Advances in Nursing Science,32(1). Peer-Reviewed Articles Cordeau, M.A. (2012 in press). Teaching holistic nursing using clinical simulation: A pedagogical essay. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. Editorials, Reviews, Chapters, Books Cordeau, M.A. (2012 in press). Holistic care of the hospitalized older adult with abdominal surgery for colon cancer. In S.H. Campbell and K.M. Daley (Eds.), Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Educators: Making it Real. New York: Springer.

Research Interests

Nursing History, Clinical Simulation