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Nursing Leaders Graduate from Ph.D. Program
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Doctors Mary Jo Bugel, Mary Ellen Clyne, Dean Phyllis Hansell and Kathleen Leo
Doctors Mary Jo Bugel, Mary Ellen Clyne, DeanPhyllis Hansell and Kathleen Leo  150
The College of Nursing is pleased to announce the graduation of our first Ph.D. in Nursing Research students. Mary Jo Bugel, a nursing professor, Kathleen Leo, a psychotherapist and Mary Ellen Clyne, President and CEO at Clara Maass Medical Center, all successfully defended their dissertations and set a new milestone here at the College when they earned their doctorate degrees.

Bugel’s research focused on the experiences of siblings of children with traumatic injuries. The main themes that resulted from the study were compassion, a difficult experience, and changes and constants. Clyne completed a qualitative study entitled, “Connective Leadership: Chief Nursing Officer's Relationships to Their Staff Nurses from an Acute Care Hospital Setting,” which included research from six anonymous CNOs. The results (thankfully) demonstrated that these CNOs do have concerns about their staff nurses and do appreciate the day to day challenges of their jobs and their personal lives. Kathleen Leo’s qualitative research targeted understanding, describing and interpreting the lived experience of forgiving in a marriage.

The learning experiences within Seton Hall are varied and comprised of so much more than didactic work. Leo noted, “I'm pleased with myself for competing the program and being awarded the Ph.D., yet I can't help but think of the joy I received from all the individuals throughout the university who crossed my path. It's not all about me or my accomplishments. It was always about individuals sharing the human experience.”

The Ph.D. program enables nurses to earn their terminal degree as researchers. It was started in 2005, and was supplemented by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

It is not too late to apply for fall 2012 – for more information, please contact Sharon Venino at (973) 761-9266 or

For more information please contact:
Kristyn Kent-Wuillermin
(973) 761-9291


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