On Oct. 1, Molloy Colleges division of nursing in Rockville Centre, N.Y., launched its PhD nursing program and introduced the inaugural candidates. The eight-session event, A Celebration in Nursing: Our Shared Legacy, included an educational lecture on malpractice and a Nursing Through the Decades presentation.
Mary Chaffee, RN, PhD, FAAN, a retired captain in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, was the keynote speaker. Her presentation touched on how integral nurses will be in healthcare reform over the next five years. We need doctorally prepared nurses to be able to speak to these changes and make sure that the care is safe and right, she said.Mary Chaffee, RN
The events led to the dedication of Molloys PhD nursing program, the first doctoral program in any discipline at the college. The degree warranted many changes, said Veronica Feeg, RN, PhD, FAAN, associate dean of the doctoral program. We had to change the schools charter, the library needed to be updated with more resources, etc., she said. But these are changes that benefited the entire campus.
The PhD program was limited to 10 candidates, said Feeg, to ensure U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration funding would be adequate to support the faculty and programs for the candidates to complete their degrees. The funding also finances the hiring of two nursing professors.Molloy College President Drew Bogner, PhD, front and center, holds scissors to cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially launch the PhD in Nursing program and open the Center for Graduate Nursing.
Molloy College Division of Nursing Dean Jeannine D. Muldoon, RN, PhD, asked Molloy president Drew Bogner, PhD, to launch the program before Feeg announced the 10 PhD candidates: Jennifer Darcy, RN, CPNP, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York; Susan Dries, RN, MS, CPHQ, CCM, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, N.Y.; Margaret Duffy, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Medical Center; Nicolette A. Fiore-Lopez, RN, MA, CENP, St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, N.Y.; Gina Kearney, RN, MSN, CS, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y.; Eileen P. Magri, RN, MS, NE-BC, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.; Jennifer Emilie Mannino, RN, MS, MA, Molloy College; Laura A. Sardinia-Prager, RN, MSN, CDDN, Association for the Help of Retarded Children of Nassau County-Nassau Helen Keller Intermediate Care Facility, Hempstead, N.Y; Anna tenNapel, RN, MS, NP, Catholic Health Services of Long Island; and Valerie Terzano, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Winthrop-University Hospital.