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College of Nursing Celebrates White Mass and will Confer Honorary Degree
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Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., Ph.D., APRN-BC, FAANIn Honor of its 75th Anniversary, on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4 p.m., in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Seton Hall University College of Nursing will host a White Mass and the conferral of an honorary degree: Doctor of Human Letters to Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., Ph.D., APRN-BC, FAAN.

The White Mass is a special celebration to acknowledge the unique contributions made by all Catholic Health Care Professionals, and takes its name from the white coat most commonly worn by those in the medical field.

Sister Rosemary is Professor, Jacques Laval Endowed Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations, at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. She was an Ordinary Professor of Nursing, Director of Community/Public Health Nursing Advanced Practice Programs at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and First Councilor of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. Sister Rosemary received a diploma from the Pittsburgh Hospital School of Nursing and holds a B.S.N. summa cum laude from St. Louis University and a M.N.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified adult nurse practitioner. Her clinical and research interests are health policy, clinical decision making and healthcare literacy.

Sister Rosemary is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine. She served as Executive Vice President (1986-97) and Dean of Nursing (1979-86) at The Catholic University of America. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow (1977-78). She is past President of the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and past Senior Editor of Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Sister Rosemary serves on civic, university and health system boards and the Board of the Catholic Health Association. She sits on the editorial boards of four journals. She has served as a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Service’s Commission on Nursing, has been a consultant to the U.S. Army and Navy Medical Commands and has served on the Tri-Service Nursing Research Program’s panel of reviewers. She is the recipient of six honorary degrees and received the Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award.

Sister Rosemary has over 100 publications and has presented papers throughout the United States, Kenya, Spain, the People’s Republic of China, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Israel, Canada, Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. She has also participated in numerous seminars, panel discussions and workshops in the United States.

About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the PhD program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.

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


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