Nursing Faculty and Staff

Jane Bachman, Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities
bachmanj@hartwick.edu

Marie Bashaw, Associate Professor of Nursing
MS, DNP, Wright State University
bashawm@hartwick.edu

Dawn Bertola, Visiting Clinical Instructor of Nursing
BS, RN; Binghamton University
bertolad@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Child Health, Medical Surgical Nursing

Melody Best, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D. (ABD), SUNY Binghamton

Jamie Dalton, Administrative Assistant
daltonj@hartwick.edu

Akhtar Ghassemi, Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., University of Rochester, Warner Graduate School of Education

Patricia Grust, Clinical Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., RN, CLNC; Capella University
grustp@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research, Civility and Incivility, Professional Socialization and Mentoring, Policy, Ethical , Legal and Regulatory Issues, Teaching-Learning Methods
Research and special interests include academic incivility, improving faculty and student retention, innovative teaching methodologies, legal/ethical issues in education and practice, and in transforming nursing education to support professional formation. Certified as a legal nurse consultant since 2000; areas of practice include nursing malpractice, licensure issues, elder abuse, long-term care issues, and nursing education on a part time basis. Clinical experience includes critical care, obstetrics, orthopedics, long-term care, outpatient clinics, and medical-surgical practice areas. Served as a member of the New York State Health Facilities Association, NYS Governor’s Advisory Committee on Aging, Catherine Welsh Center for Nursing Research Scholarship and Awards Committee, and M. I. Bassett Hospital’s Research Evening Planning Committee.

Margaret Kiss, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
MNE, South University, Savannah, Georgia

Jodi Krzyston, Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, Walden University

Lorena Marra, Assistant Professor of Nursing
MS, Binghamton University

Cynthia Ploutz, Clinical Assistant Professor
MS, FNP; State University of New York at Binghamton
ploutzc@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Family Nursing, Gerontology, Reminiscence and Validation Therapies, Animal Assisted Therapy, Health and Wellness, Healthy Aging, Health Assessment, Role Play and Theatre in Teaching

Mary Louise Maia Silber, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
MHA, RN-BC; Pfeiffer University
siblerm2@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Leadership and Management, Women's and Reproductive Health, Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Health Assessment

Lisa Wehner, Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., Northcentral University; FNP, Stony Brook University; MS, BS, Syracuse University
wehnerl@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Cardiovascular, Critical Care, Emergency, Surgical Nursing

Nicole Zhang, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., Binghamton University

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