The School of Nursing is home to well-respected nursing researchers who are experts in a variety of topics impacting their field.

Dean Patricia McMullen earned a law degree to help her understand the legal issues that can arise in nursing and health care. She also has expertise in maternity nursing, nurse practitioners, nursing education, and nursing administration.

Janice Agazio and Petra Goodman are former chiefs of nursing research for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Agazio is an expert on the challenges in nursing practice during wartime, the deployment of military mothers during wartime, military family issues, and the factors of a healthy lifestyle in active-duty military spouses. Goodman studies topics such as military nursing, military deployment health, health of military spouses, and research methodology.

Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh has been conducting clinical research in pediatrics for more than 30 years. She has published extensively and most recently upon the expanding role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in primary mental health care.

Our faculty includes fellows in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing.

That’s just a sampling of the work our faculty are doing.

The school has expanded its reach across campus to collaborate with other schools and departments, such as the National Catholic School of Social Service, School of Engineering, and the Department of Psychology. We know that two heads are always better than one, and that people come with individual perspectives based on their academic discipline. These collaborations have helped support research growth within the school.