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.