DeSales University Department of Nursing and Health

DeSales University Department of Nursing and Health

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DeSales Nursing

The DeSales University Nursing programs are unparalleled in their reputation for excellence. Wherever you are in your nursing journey, DeSales has the program for you.

DeSales University established the Department of Nursing and Health in 1974, along with the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The BSN degree is offered in various formats to meet the needs of students seeking to obtain their BSN degree.

Baccalaureate nursing education is based in the libe...

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DeSales Nursing

The DeSales University Nursing programs are unparalleled in their reputation for excellence. Wherever you are in your nursing journey, DeSales has the program for you.

DeSales University established the Department of Nursing and Health in 1974, along with the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The BSN degree is offered in various formats to meet the needs of students seeking to obtain their BSN degree.

Baccalaureate nursing education is based in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as Salesian teachings, and as such encourages students to realize their human potential in becoming nurses and caregivers.

The Department offered the first graduate programs at DeSales University with the establishment of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for Clinical Nurse Specialists in 1984. The Pennsylvania State Boards of Nursing and Medicine first approved the DeSales University Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program in 1996, and the first class of FNPs graduated in 1999.  The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program obtained approval through the Pennsylvania State Boards of Nursing and Medicine in Spring 2014 and began its first cohort in Fall 2014. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program was then approved in Fall 2015, and began its first cohort in Fall 2016.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Clinical Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing accepted its first cohort in January 2012 and received full MSCHE approval in July 2012.  The General DNP and the DNP Executive Leadership track with a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) option accepted their first cohorts in August 2014.

The nursing programs at DeSales University have consistently maintained full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) since the time that they were first eligible for approval and accreditation.  

Nursing and Health Department Mission Statement 

The mission DeSales Nursing is to impart contemporary education in the art and science of nursing consistent with the Salesian tradition. Graduates are prepared as competent, caring nursing professionals responsive to dynamic healthcare systems. Prepared to assume leadership roles, graduates contribute to the overall advancement of the profession and are able to embark on future academic endeavors.

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2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
Phone: 610.282.1100 ext. 1271
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  • DeSales Healthcare Students Gain Insight to End of Life/Palliative Care

    Posted May 5, 2017 by Kathryn Chambrovich
  • PA Secretary of Health, Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, coming to DeSales!!

    Posted Dec 2, 2016 by Laurie Rubio

    DeSales University's Division of Business and Department of Nursing & Health Present

    A STATUS UPDATE OF HEALTHCARE IN PENNSYLVANIA

    Please join us when we host the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, to share information about the status update of healthcare in Pennsylvania. This is a FREE lecture hosted by the DeSales University Division of Busine...

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    DeSales University’s Division of Business and Department of Nursing & Health Present

    A STATUS UPDATE OF HEALTHCARE IN PENNSYLVANIA

    Please join us when we host the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, to share information about the status update of healthcare in Pennsylvania. This is a FREE lecture hosted by the DeSales University Division of Business and Department of Nursing & Health. Please register prior to the event to stay updated should event details change: www.desales.edu/nursingevents

    DATE: Thursday, December 8

    TIME: 11:00 a.m.

    PLACE: DeSales University
    University Center
    2755 Station Ave.
    Center Valley, PA 18034

    Karen Murphy is the Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania. Dr. Murphy has extensive knowledge of the health care industry and is a proven executive who has demonstrated her ability to lead complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Prior to assuming her role in Governor Wolf’s cabinet Secretary Murphy served as Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, a $900 million investment by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation aimed at accelerating health care innovation across the nation. Secretary Murphy has an extensive career in healthcare administration. She was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System. Prior to becoming CEO of Moses Taylor Health Care System, Dr. Murphy served in various roles in health care administration. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc. (PHA), Secretary Murphy led an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor Health Care System.

    Secretary Murphy currently serves as a Clinical Faculty Member in the Medicine Department at The Commonwealth Medical College. Dr. Murphy earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, a Master of Business Administration from Marywood University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton, and a diploma as a registered nurse from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. She is an author and national speaker on health policy and health care innovation.

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  • Film Screening at DeSales - The Invisible Patients

    Posted Oct 27, 2016 by Laurie Rubio

    Please join us for a free film screening sponsored by the DeSales University Nurse Practitioner programs. THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS is a new documentary film directed by Patrick O'Connor.

    DATE: Wednesday, November 16
    TIME: 6:00 pm
    PLACE: DeSales University Gambet Center Auditorium

    THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS tells the story of Jessica Macleod, a nurse practitioner, and four...

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    Please join us for a free film screening sponsored by the DeSales University Nurse Practitioner programs. THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS is a new documentary film directed by Patrick O’Connor.

    DATE: Wednesday, November 16
    TIME: 6:00 pm
    PLACE: DeSales University Gambet Center Auditorium

    THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS tells the story of Jessica Macleod, a nurse practitioner, and four patients she cares for in their homes in Evansville, Indiana. Together they put a human face on some of the most urgent healthcare issues facing our nation, from the living conditions of the elderly poor and end-of-life care, to the soaring costs of hospitalization, complexity of insurance and over-prescription of opiates.

    Jess’s patients’ stories reveal the emotional and financial burdens created by our current system, and cry out for solutions. THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS pulls back the curtain on a hidden, vulnerable population whose circumstances ask us to wrestle with not just healthcare policy, but as importantly, how to mend today’s fraying social fabric.

    The event is free but registration is required. Please click here to register: http://www.desales.edu/home/academi...

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  • Millennials and Intergenerational Conflict

    Posted Sep 29, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    PSNA District 2 and PLN Area II present "Millennials and Intergenerational Conflict: Characteristics, Stressors and Strategies" on October 17 at 6 pm. The event speaker is DeSales University Assistant Dean of Academic Life Scott Mattingly, EdD, MA. This event will be held at DeSales University, University Center, Commonwealth Room.

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    PSNA District 2 and PLN Area II present “Millennials and Intergenerational Conflict: Characteristics, Stressors and Strategies” on October 17 at 6 pm. The event speaker is DeSales University Assistant Dean of Academic Life Scott Mattingly, EdD, MA. This event will be held at DeSales University, University Center, Commonwealth Room.

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  • We're looking forward to catching up with our nursing alumni at the Nursing Department Homecoming Cocktail Reception tomorrow at 6:30pm. Did you forget to register? Click here: http://cvweb02.desales.edu/homecoming/

    Posted Sep 22, 2016 by Laurie Rubio
  • Haven't been back to DeSales University in a while? Want to see what new developments are shaping the Department of Nursing? Join us at Homecoming for the Nursing Majors Reception, Friday, September 23 at 6:30pm. The event is free but registration is required. We look forward to seeing you!!

    Posted Sep 12, 2016 by Laurie Rubio
  • DeSales University Nursing Programs are CCNE Accredited!

    Posted Aug 17, 2016 by Laurie Rubio
  • Nursing Major Elizabeth Peters Earns LeCoMASE Scholarship

    Posted Apr 13, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich
  • Nursing and Physician Assistant Students Work in the Community

    Posted Sep 23, 2014 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    by Mary Ellen Miller, Ph.D., R.N. | Sep 23, 2014

    Bridging the Gap Poster Presentation, 2014

    Faculty and students at the BTG poster presentation at DeSales on September 17, 2014: (from left) Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, academic preceptor and assistant professor of nursing; Madeline Svrcek and Kristen Purkey, nursing majors; Kathy Griffin and James Whittenburg, medical stud...

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    by Mary Ellen Miller, Ph.D., R.N. | Sep 23, 2014

    Bridging the Gap Poster Presentation, 2014

    Faculty and students at the BTG poster presentation at DeSales on September 17, 2014: (from left) Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, academic preceptor and assistant professor of nursing; Madeline Svrcek and Kristen Purkey, nursing majors; Kathy Griffin and James Whittenburg, medical studies majors; Amanda Tarantino, Jennifer Photiades, and Teresa Mainiero, nursing majors; and Ryan Milloy, Kevin Hixson, and Lauren Rice, medical studies majors. Not pictured: Ghamar Bitar and Alex Slaby, medical students from Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa.

    This summer, five DeSales nursing majors, five DeSales medical studies majors, and two medical students from Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pa., participated in the Bridging the Gaps (BTG) Community Health Internship.

    Interns worked in interdisciplinary teams at several community sites in the Lehigh Valley that serve vulnerable populations. The community partners are Alliance Hall Summer Camp, Casa Guadalupe, Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Community Health, The Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley, and The Aids Activities Office. Students presented their internship projects at two poster symposiums—one in Philadelphia on September 12, and one at DeSales University on September 17.

    BTG is a paid seven-week interdisciplinary community-based summer internship program that helps students gain a broader understanding of the factors that affect health in urban communities. BTG matches student interns with non-profit community partners in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Students' projects are designed in collaboration with the community organizations based on community-defined needs and the professional discipline and interests of the students.

    Any graduate-level health professions (social work, medical, nursing) student OR undergraduate healthcare professional student who has completed two years of study can apply.

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  • DeSales Launches Acute Care Track in Graduate Nursing

    Posted Aug 14, 2014 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    by Tom McNamara | May 06, 2014

    DeSales University Department of Nursing and Health received approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to offer a new Master of Science in Nursing option, the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

    "The program prepares graduates as collaborative health care providers who provide direct care services to high-acuit...

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    by Tom McNamara | May 06, 2014

    DeSales University Department of Nursing and Health received approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to offer a new Master of Science in Nursing option, the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

    “The program prepares graduates as collaborative health care providers who provide direct care services to high-acuity, complex adult and older adult patients,” said Carol Gullo Mest, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, director of the master of science in nursing programs at DeSales.

    Graduates of the program will be prepared to diagnose and manage acute episodic and chronic illnesses, with an emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention, teaching, and coaching.

    Students can complete the program in three years part-time or two years full-time. The program leads to the Master of Science in Nursing degree. For candidates who already have the MSN degree, a post-Master’s certificate option is available. Graduates are eligible for state licensure as a CRNP upon passing the national certification examination.

    Applications are being accepted for a Summer 2014 start. Interested applicants may apply on the website www.desales.edu/msn. For more information contact Mest at carol.mest@desales.edu.

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