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Department of Nursing

Accreditation
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The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at the University of Hartford  College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; telephone: 202.887.6791. Information about the accreditation process is available at CCNE. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is pursuing initial accreditation by CCNE.

Programs in the Department of Nursing prepare students for in-demand careers. About 200,000 new job openings for nurses are projected every year to 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Whether you're just beginning your nursing education or are seeking advanced study, our nursing programs emphasize quality teaching, clinical expertise, dedicated community service, and service to the profession of nursing. 

We offer clinical placements at major hospitals and health care facilities in Greater Hartford, interprofessional learning with students in a range of health care professions, and community-based experiences.

University of Hartford nursing graduates are employed throughout Connecticut and the region in professional leadership, practice, and education positions.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

nurse standing in front of hospital bed

Our new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a fully online program that prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations or contribute to educating future practitioners. The program enables working nurses to complete their degrees while continuing full-time employment. 

Mission

To prepare future nurse leaders and advance the level of education of registered nurses while fostering their professional and personal development.

Philosophy

We emphasize quality teaching complemented by scholarly and creative expression, clinical expertise, dedicated community service, and service to the profession of nursing. We are dedicated to the preparation of persons who enrich the nursing profession by responding flexibly and creatively to both professional and societal issues.

 We believe that students seek relevant learning experiences grounded in experiential learning and have a clear commitment to the identity of the professional nurse. We believe that the best learning takes place in an environment of support where students are respected, and their life experiences honored. The ideal education setting is a learning community that allows student to realize their full potential as reflective, active, and life-long learners. Because we are committed to the idea that active involvement is essential to effective learning, we foster an environment of interaction among students and faculty. We expect all students to participate in their own learning and to facilitate the learning of others by participating in collaborative learning groups and partnerships, respecting each other’s opinions and questions, and by establishing a commitment to learning and critical and creative thinking. We strive to create a global community of scholarly caring.

 

The Iota Upsilon Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing, obtained its charter in 1985 at the University of Hartford. Mary Schulze, who served as a faculty member in nursing from the inception of the nursing program to 1999, attributes the success of starting a University of Hartford chapter to the hard work and dedication of BSN alumna Debra K. Pasquale.   

While the chapter originated on the University of Hartford campus, today it includes the University of Saint Joseph and Central Connecticut State University.

The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Iota Upsilon Chapter-at-Large website

Sigma Theta Tau International website

Eligibility for Membership

Department Faculty & Staff

Karen Braccialarghe
Clinical/Applied Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing

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Ayme M. Braga
Program Specialist, BSN
Nursing

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Karen Lucas Breda
Associate Professor
Nursing

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Ashley Cote
Clinical/Applied Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing

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Susan Eichar
Associate Professor of Nursing
Nursing

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Susan Jones
Simulation Learning Specialist
Nursing

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Kimberly Hekkala
Visiting Assistant Professor
Nursing

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Leona Konieczny
Part-time Faculty and Director, Graduate Programs in Nursing
Nursing

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Monica Panaitisor
Clinical/Applied Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing

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Joyce Thielen
Program Director BSN Program and RN to BSN. Chair Nursing Department
Nursing

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Diane Verrochi
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing

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Nayomi Walton
Assistant Professor
Nursing

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Valerie Whynall
Nursing Skills Lab & Simulation Coordinator
Nursing

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Department Contacts

General Inquiries
nursing@hartford.edu
860.768.4252