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  • UMass Nursing Receives $1.23 Million NIH Center Grant to Study Management of Fatigue and Sleep in Chronic Illness

    AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing recently was awarded a five-year, $1.23 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to create a new center where scientists will develop technologies to help people with chronic illness manage fatigue and impaired sleep and help them decide when and how to modify their activities. Studies will test wearable or handheld devices to monitor fatigue or sleep pattern changes.

    The campus’s UManage Center to Build the Science of Symptom Self-Management is one of only three new center grants awarded in the nation this year by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health, says Cynthia Jacelon, professor of nursing and director of the UMass Amherst UManage Center. 

    She says, “The UManage Center will help individuals with chronic illness live healthier, more functional lives. Nurse-led interdisciplinary teams will use emerging technologies being developed on the UMass Amherst campus to help manage symptoms affecting millions of individuals with chronic conditions that interfere with living life to the fullest.”

    Study subjects will be able to use the new information to make decisions about their health activities. New wearable or hand-held technologies “will help them stop and rest or change their sleep hygiene before it’s too late,” she adds.

    Jacelon’s interdisciplinary team includes fellow College of Nursing researchers Annette Wysocki, Karen Kalmakis and Rachel Walker plus sleep expert Rebecca Spencer of psychological and brain sciences, computer science big data specialist Deepak Ganesan of the College of Information and Computer Science and health informatics and engineering psychology researcher Jenna Marquard of mechanical and industrial engineering.

    They will collaborate with industry partners and use many of the laboratories and equipment in the campus’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences in their investigations. 

     Michael Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, says,

    Dean Stephen Cavanagh of the College of Nursing says, “The creation of the UManage Center is an outstanding achievement for our nurse researchers. The Center will create an environment where they can work and collaborate with other outstanding scholars working towards the common goal of improving health and the quality of life for those suffering from chronic illnesses.”

    Jacelon says the new UManage Center will fund ten pilot research studies over the next five years. These will offer nursing faculty the opportunity to develop strategies to help individuals improve their health and to design larger, population-based studies and expand their research capacity to work with interdisciplinary research teams.

    Nursing faculty Walker and Kalmakis will conduct the first two research projects. Walker’s team hopes to develop a wearable eye-tracking technology to help cancer survivors monitor and self-manage persistent fatigue. Kalmakis’s team will study cortisol in sweat as a potential stress and fatigue indicator to help patients with manage their behavior and responses.

    Contact: Cynthia Jacelon at or the College of Nursing Research Office at 413/545-5087.


  • Sun-Powered Meditation Labyrinth to Help Take the Edge off Semester’s End

    End-of-the-semester stress? Breathe. Walk. And follow the subtle labyrinth lights. That’s the invitation being posed to the greater community as part of an unusual collaboration between the College of Nursing and the landscape architecture and regional planning department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    The result of this pairing – part art installation and part health and wellness vehicle – is a mandala-like labyrinth being constructed April 16-17 on UMass Amherst’s Metawampe Lawn, which is bounded by the Student Union, the Campus Center steps and the Integrative Learning Center.

    The labyrinth was designed by Carolina Aragon of the landscape architecture and regional planning department using “photoluminescent” materials that are charged with sunlight during the day and slowly release light throughout the night creating a beautiful, interactive path.

    That will allow visitors to take a meditative walk through the labyrinth day and night from April 18-25. The use of self-sustaining, low-impact material means that in the end, on April 25, the labyrinth will quietly disappear.

    The meditative walk is intended to promote a sense of ease and well-being during the end of semester, at time that is often particularly stressful for students, faculty and staff alike, according to nursing professor Donna Zucker.

    “Walking like this can really help in reducing anxiety, stress and depression,” said Zucker. “Focused breathing and mindfulness are very important tools in self-care management, and they are used all the time by our nursing students in their practice. It promotes attention to the moment.” 

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  • UMass Nursing Professor of Social Justice Featured in Valley Advocate

    The College is very excited to have Dr. Donna Sabella as our new Seedworks Endowed Professor in Social Justice.

    Check out the article the Valley Advocate did on her last week:

  • May 18--Achieve Career Success in Nursing with Networking & A Dose of Laughter

    Join the College of Nursing at the UMass Club Boston on May 18 for a fun night of professional networking that will help you make connections to get in the door!

    Achieve Career Success in Nursing with Networking & A Dose of Laughter

    May 18, 2016
    6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    University of Massachusetts Club
    32nd Floor, 1 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02108

    The night will also feature a talk given by Michele "Misch" L. Whitaker '07, a Boston area nurse and comedian, who will share her experiences of using humor to connect with patients. By the end of her talk, you will have ideas for how to do the same!

    Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

    Please register by May 9. Click here to register today!

    Cost: $25 per person


  • Register Now! May 12-13: An Interprofessional and Integrative Approach to Veterans' Health

    State of the Art and Science: An Interprofessional and Integrative Approach to Veterans Health

    Integrative Health Symposium   
    UMass Center at Springfield 
    Tower Square          
    May 12th and 13th, 2016

    Click here to register today!

    This year, our UMass College of Nursing Integrative Health Symposium will bring together multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals dedicated to improving patient care for veterans and their families. Health professionals will encounter veterans and their families in their patient caseloads across the healthcare continuum and need to be prepared to meet the unique healthcare needs of both returned veterans and active duty military members and their families.  This evidence based symposium will focus on integrative approaches to providing quality care to veterans and their families.

    At the end of the program participants will be able to:

    1. Recognize veterans in their caseloads and some of the specialized healthcare needs of veterans, especially those with multiple chronic conditions.

    2. Describe specific health issues experienced by veterans and their families such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and other acute and chronic conditions. 

    3. Discuss evidence-based complementary and integrative methods for managing and treating health care conditions experienced by veterans.

    Audience:  Nurses, physicians, social workers, other healthcare providers, integrative health practitioners, educators, and students.

    Registration Rates: 
    General Registration: 
      One Day: $90.00 / Two Days: $175.00 
    UMass Faculty, Student, and Preceptor Registration: 
      One Day: $45.00 / Two Days: $90.00 

    Click here to download the event brochure.

    Click here to download conference faculty information.

    Submit an Abstract

    We invite you to submit an abstract for a poster session featuring original research, quality improvement projects, policy work, educational programs and advocacy initiatives, systematic reviews, case studies, or service projects related to the themes of the conference: veteran’s health and integrative health approaches to the care of persons with chronic health conditions. For more information and guidelines about submitting an abstract, please click here


    Due to the interest but the short notice within the deadline for submission of abstracts for the poster presentation opportunity we have extended the deadline to March 21, 2016 for our conference State of the Art and Science: Spotlight on Veterans’ Health An Interprofessional and Holistic Approach to Chronic Health Conditions. 

  • MS - Clinical Nurse Leader Program Ranked #6 in the Nation

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst Master of Science - Clinical Nurse Leader program was ranked #6 on the 2016 list of top graduate nursing programs in America by the website

    The rankings are listed at the following link:’s mission is to share expert knowledge on the best possible Master’s in Healthcare Administration programs available in the United States.

  • UMass Amherst hires Dr. Donna Sabella, first endowed professor in nursing and social justice

    The College of Nursing at UMass Amherst is delighted to announce that Dr. Donna Sabella has been appointed to the first Seedworks Endowed Professorship in Nursing and Social Justice. The professorship is supported through the Seedworks Fund, which was established by Nursing alumna Susan Hagedorn ‘77 for the purpose of promoting social justice and implementing social change in nursing. Dr. Hagedorn stated, “Nursing is, at its root, about social justice. Dr. Sabella has the important job of operationalizing social justice and nursing at UMass Amherst College of Nursing.”

    Dr. Sabella is an internationally known expert in the field of human trafficking and its clinical implications to women. A mental health nurse, she has also shown herself to be an expert qualified in developing and leading academic/community projects. Sabella is founder and director of Project Phoenix, an outreach program which provides support for trafficked and prostituted women in Philadelphia, PA. She is also a former program director and founding member of Dawn’s Place, a residential recovery program for women facing similar circumstances in Philadelphia. This is the first endowed position at the College of Nursing as UMass Amherst.

    “I know that Dr. Sabella has the potential to advance social justice in ways that will have lasting impact on students, communities and the nursing practice,” said Dean Stephen Cavanagh. “This position is a real game changer—I don’t think anything like it exists in the nursing world. Nurses are real advocates in the health sector and this position will help magnify and embolden the power they hold.” 

    She is the contributing editor for Mental Health Matters, the mental health column in the American Journal of Nursing and is also a co-founder and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Trafficking, an international journal devoted to scholarship on all issues related to trafficking in persons. Dr. Sabella is member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She has experience working in crisis intervention, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and forensic nursing. In addition, as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner she provides direct services to vulnerable populations, including incarcerated individuals in need of mental health services.

    Dr. Sabella has worked on a number of other national social justice projects and has been a panelist for the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar Series on Women and HIV, and has appeared on both radio and television. Her work on nursing and social justice issues will become the focus of regular lectures and symposia and will focus work in these subjects both nationally and internationally. She comes to us from Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions where she served in dual roles as Director of Global Studies and Director of the Office of Human Trafficking. Presently she is the coordinator of the Certificate in Human Trafficking program there. Her position at UMass Amherst College of Nursing will begin on July 1, 2016.

    Read more here:

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    On behalf of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee we would like to Celebrate Black History Month and acknowledge the contributions of Black Nurses!

    One such nurse is the College of Nursing’s Professor Dr. Jean Swinney who has been a leader in improving nursing education, public health, and working to achieve diversity in our college and in the nursing work force as well as being a courageous voice in addressing racism in our college and beyond.  
    We invite you to learn more about the history of black nursing leaders and continue the work of the past and the present by continuing the conversation in nursing on race and racism.

    Hannink, E. (2016). Black history month: Nurses who changed a nation.

    Hall, J. M., & Fields, B. (2013). Continuing the conversation in nursing on race and racism. Nursing outlook, 61(3), 164-173.

  • Deputized Film Screening -- Feb 11

    Join us February 11 from 6-9pm in the Campus Center Auditorium for a film screening of Deputized followed by a question/answer session with Director and College of Nursing alum Dr. Sue Hagedorn.

    Check out our event on Facebook!


  • College of Nursing at UMass Amherst Receives $600,000 Scholarship Award for Students in Accelerated Second Nursing Degree Program

    The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded $600,000 by the Helene Fuld Health Trust to fund financial aid for students in the school’s Accelerated Second Degree Baccalaureate Program.

    College of Nursing Dean Stephen J. Cavanagh said students seeking an accelerated second bachelor’s degree in nursing are often among the most motivated and the most financially needy.

    “They often have little to no access to funding,” said Cavanagh. “The Helene Fuld grant will help these students focus on their studies instead of a second job. They will also have significantly less debt when they enter the workforce or pursue a graduate degree.”

  • Join Us Jan 15: Integrative Approach to Preventive Cardiology and Wellness

    Please join us for this exciting symposium "An Integrative Approach to Preventive Cardiology and Wellness" at the UMass Center at Springfield.

    Please note date has been changed to January 15, 2016.

    Click here to register now!

    Registration Rates: 
        General Registration: $95.00 
        Student Registration: $45.00 

    Contact Hours: 
    • 6.5 contact hours
         This continuing nursing education activity was approved by ANA Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation to award 6.5 contact hours.


  • October 28--Navigating Nursing Transitions: Personal and Professional

    Navigating Nursing Transitions: Personal and Professional

    Interested in a career change? Considering retirement and want to consult? This is a great networking opportunity.
    October 28, 2015
    6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    The Liberty Hotel
    215 Charles Street
    Boston, MA 02114

    6:00 - 6:50 p.m. Networking and appetizers
    6:50 - 7:30 p.m. Discussion with three of our notable alumni at different career points

    Alumni Guest Speakers:

    • Barbara Blakeney '76, innovations specialist, Mass General Innovations
    • Gen Conlin '93, former nursing director, Spaulding Rehabilitation
    • Pat Reid Ponte '76, senior VP for patient care services & chief of nursing, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    No cost to attend.

    Questions? Contact Elaine Fuqua at 413.545.5090 or

    Click here to register now!

  • International Peace Scholarship Awarded to PhD Student

    Nellipher (Nellie) Lewis Mchenga, a PhD student in the College of Nursing, has been awarded an International Peace Scholarship by the P.E.O. Sisterhood for the 2015-16 academic year. 

    The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women to pursue graduate study in the United States or Canada.  One of the requirements is that the student will return to her own country upon completion of her degree program in order to use her new knowledge to positively effect change in that country.  Nellie's scholarship application was supported by two P.E.O.s who are affiliated with the CON.  Professor Emma Dundon of the CON faculty is Nellie's academic advisor, and Dr. Rachel Tierney ('62, '74G) is a member of the CON Alumni Board and Dean's Advisory Board.

    P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.  For more information about P.E.O, visit the website

    Congratulations Nellie! 

    Nellie also participated in the CoN's Social Justice Symposium, creating her own "Nurse Story" entitled "Leaving to go Back."

  • Join SNA for International Night -- April 16 in Skinner 012

    Want to learn more about international healthcare and nursing, as well as study abroad opportunities? Join SNA and the Faculty Student Matters Committee for International Night!'

    Refreshments will be served! 

    Let us know you're coming on Facebook!

  • A Dialogue on Difference -- April 23, Thompson Hall Rm 104, 4pm

    The College of Nursing's Robert Wood Johnson Scholars and Social Justice & Diversity Committee are hosting "A Dialogue on Difference: A Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Health & Healthcare from both Patient & Provider Perspectives."

    Join us Thursday, April 23rd, at 4pm in Thompson Hall Rm 104. This event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.


    Jordon Bosse
    RN, MSN
    College of Nursing PhD Student

    Gaddy Noy
    Adult Psychiatry Resident
    Cambridge Health Alliance

    Joanne Glusman
    MSW, LSW
    Philadelphia University

    Check out the facebook event for more information and to let us know you're coming!

  • Join Us: Managing Chronic Health Conditions and Personal Well-Being

    Join us for "Managing Chronic Health Conditions and Personal Well-Being: Evidenced-Based Complementary and Integrative Health Modalities" May 14-15, 2015 at the UMass Center at Springfield. 

    This Integrative Health Symposium is open to healthcare providers, integrative health practitioners, educators, and students.

    Location: UMass Center at Springfield Tower Square, 1500 Main St, Suite 260, Springfield MA 01115

    Lodging: Springfield Marriott at Tower Square, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA 01115 (UMass Conference Room Rate: $110 per night)

    General Registration
    One day: $90 / Two days: $170

    Student Rate
    One day: $45 / Two days: $90

    To register for the Symposium, please click here



    (Click Conference brochure image to enlarge)

    This activity has been submitted to the ANA Massachusetts Association, Inc. for approval toward 12.25 contact hours (pending). The ANA Massachusetts Association, Inc. is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    Click here for a list of Symposium faculty.

  • Social Justice Symposium on March 30

    Join us for a Social Justice Symposium on March 30, 2015 in the UMass Amherst Campus Center, "Health is a Human Right: A Call to Action"

    For additional information and updates, check

  • Dr. Chandler to Present Keynote at NJAMHAA Annual Conference

    Dr. Genevieve E. Chandler, RN, PhD, will be giving a keynote presentation with Eric C. Arauz, President of Arauz Inspirational Enterprises on April 15, 2015 at the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) 2015 Annual Conference. The keynote, "Breaking Bad: Is Risk Resilience?," is part of the larger conference theme of "Inspiring Progress, Seizing Opportunities."

    Genevieve E. Chandler, RN, PhD

    Dr. Chandler’s passion is understanding how to interrupt the effect Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) have on health risk behaviors, hard-to-treat symptoms and chronic disease conditions. Her empowerment model is the framework for asset-based interventions to develop resilience to ACE to promote young adult health and well being. She has been a leader in promoting trauma informed care to eliminate seclusion and restraints and create a safe environment for patients and staff on inpatient mental health units.

    She is rated one of the top 15 Psychiatric Nursing Professors within the country by Nurse Practitioner Schools. Click here for more.

    Eric C. Arauz

    Eric Arauz is an internationally recognized theorist, speaker, systems consultant, trainer and national award-winning author. He consults on trauma-informed practice and recovery-based psyhciatric treatment with organizations. His work in Trauma focuses on the Neurobiology of Helplessness with interventions based on Interpersonal Neurobiology, Stress Physiology, the Polyvagal Theory, Prolonged Exposure therapy, Neuroeducation, Cognitive and Somatic Narrative Reconstruction and Trauma-Informed Storytelling. 

    For more information on the 2015 NJAMHAA Annual Conference, click on the links below to view

    Program Summary

    Full Event Agenda

    Business Boosting Opportunities Brochure 

    Registration Details Brochure


  • UMass Amherst Nursing joins the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

    The UMass Amherst College of Nursing has become a member of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE).

    The mission of the NHCGNE is to enhance and sustain the capcity and competence of all nurses to work in partnership with others to provide quality care to older adults through promoting faculty development, advancing gerontological nursing science, facilitating adoption of best practices, fostering leadership, and designing and shaping policy. 

    The CON is looking forward to achieving new levels of accomplishment and leadership in gerontological nursing.

    Visit for more information about NHCGNE.

  • Nursing Student Shares Eye-Opening Experience Fighting Ebola in Liberia

    Doctors Without Borders nurse and College of Nursing student Deborah Wilson spent part of her fall semester fighting Ebola in Liberia. She returned to UMass to speak to a nursing ethics class about her eye-opening experiences in an Ebola treatment center. Wilson has decades of real-world experience in the field of nursing and plans to pursue a doctorate in global ethics. 

    Read the entire article from the Gazette and then watch a news segment from WGGB Springfield!

    Inspired by a course on ethics taught in our RN-BS program, Wilson was given the courage to speak out. She wrote a letter that was printed in the New York Times and a blog article that was published in the American Journal of Nursing. The New York Times letter lead to interviews with NPR and PRI.

  • Dr. Qiaohong Guo Receives Prestigious AACN Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Qiaohong Guo for receiving a Certificate of Honorable Mention for the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing! Her work, A Preliminary Model of Dignity Management in Hospice, will be featured on the AACN webpage as well as their Faculty Link newsletter. This prestigious, competitive award is only awarded to two applicants from Schools of Nursing across the country. Congratulations Dr. Guo from all of us at the College of Nursing!

  • New--Spanish & Health Certificate

    Recognizing the need for Spanish/English bilingual health professionals in the Commonwealth and the country, the Spanish & Portuguese Program and the College of Nursing are sponsoring a new certificate program in Spanish and Health designed to equip our graduates to address the health-care needs of Spanish-speaking populations. The certificate emphasizes the language and cultural skills needed for professional work in those settings. The training offered by this certificate should serve a broad range of students from a variety of fields – including Spanish, Nursing, Public Health, Nutrition, Psychology, pre-med, translation, among others – who expect to work in a Spanish-Speaking healthcare environment.

    For more information, please visit: or contact Emma Dundon,

  • Don't Panic, Stay Informed About Ebola

    It's imperative to be educated about Ebola, even more so as a healthcare worker. Please visit this link to keep up-to-date with current resources and recommendations from the CDC and other national and international organizations:

    Be prepared, stay informed, educate others, and protect the safety of your community. Do not become anxious. Remember, it is not possible to contract the virus through air, food, or water.

    The CDC and its partners are taking great precautions to prevent further spread of the virus. For most, the risk of catchign Ebola is extremely low. We have the resources to educate ourselves and practice proper preparedness procedures.

    We will continue to update our website and social media outlets with important information as it is available to us.


    Other Resources:

    Information for Healthcare Workers and Settings:

    Joint statement from the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association:

    Weekly Address from the White House: What You Need to Know:

    UMass University Health Services Fact Sheet:

  • Nursing Innovations in Springfield

    The UMass Media Team has published an excellent video highlighting the College of Nursing's longstanding relationship with healthcare in Springfield, and showcasing our new state-of-the-art teaching and health assessment facilities at the UMass Center at Springfield. The video features Dean Stephen Cavanagh, current students, and alumni! 

  • Show Nursing’s Minuteman Pride on Homecoming Day

    Join us for the Homecoming UMass vs. Bowling Green football game after our annual Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, September 27th! 

    Come sit in the stand with other nursing alumni and show your support for UMass!

    Discounted tickets can be purchased for $10 at Ticketmaster with the promo code NURSE.

  • UMass Center at Springfield Welcomes Nursing Students

    A dozen nursing students were among the first to experience the new high-tech learning environment at the UMass Center at Springfield as a health assessment lecture from UMass Amherst was projected in real-time on to a screen in a Tower Square classroom. 

    Nursing students at the Center have access to a new Telehealth Training Center, a clinic-like setting, and a new Home Health Simulation Center. The Telehealth Training Center will allow students to observe doctors conducting patient examinations. The Home Health Simulation Center is a full home simulation space where instructors are able to observe students' interactions with patients and instruct them on home-health procedures.

    Read the full article from The Republican. With pictures!

  • Annual Alumni Luncheon

    Please join us for the UMass Amherst College of Nursing's Annual Alumni Luncheon & Homecoming Football Game!

    Featuring guest speaker Constance M. Crowley Ganser, MS, RN '75. Crowley Ganser is currently the Senior Vice President of Quality and Safety at Lahey Health. 

    The annual luncheon will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10am to 1pm in the Cape Cod Lounge at the UMass Amherst Student Union. 

    Then, sit together with Nursing Alumni and friends for the Homecoming Football game! Kick-off is at 3pm. 

    Click here to register for the alumni luncheon as well as to get your discounted football tickets! 

  • Cardiology Symposium - October 3, 2014

    An Integrative Approach to Preventive Cardiology and Wellness & Preceptor Recognition Day

    October 3, 2014
    UMass Amherst Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th Floor)
    Event registration: $100, $50 for students

    This is a comprehensive program on preventive cardiology and wellness that incorporates the important mind/body connection, and also provides you with techniques to achieve balance and harmony for your patients and yourself. We want to provide your patients and you with tools to assist with managing stressors of everyday life. We will also provide updated guidelines on management of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.


    Click here to learn more and register:

  • UMass Center at Springfield Opening Fall 2014

    Opening in Fall 2014!

    Welcome! We are very excited to announce our fall class offerings in the NEW UMass Springfield Center at Springfield, located on the second floor of the Tower Square building in the heart of downtown Springfield, MA!

    The UMass Amherst College of Nursing will have 3 dedicated classrooms in the Center: a new Home Health Simulation Center, a new Telehealth Training Center, and a Health Classroom that will be equipped with exam tables and a “clinic-like” setting. Additionally, we will share with other UMass programs several distance learning classrooms and small group “break-out” rooms, a large 70+ person classroom/event room area, conference rooms, a Student Commons, Computer lab, and many other resources that will make the teaching and learning experience in Springfield very positive, energizing, and stimulating.

    College of Nursing Offerings


    Face-to-Face RN-BS Option

    In addition to our well-respected and thriving online RN to BS nursing program, we are now, in response to community feedback, adding a face-to-face option. We are currently admitting qualified students who prefer this learning style to a Fall Springfield Cohort.

    Classes will be offered 3:30-6:15pm and 6:30-9:30pm on Wednesdays, as well as another course offering that will meet every other Saturday. Students may choose to attend full-time and complete the program in 12 months (3 semesters), or part-time options are also available. 

    For face-to-face class days and times, please click here.

    Click here to apply now to our RN to BS Program!

    Our face-to-face courses will be offered at the UMass Center at Springfield, located in Tower Square at 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA.

    We recognize that students have different learning styles and that life situations may change over time. Thus, students who are currently enrolled in our online RN to BS program may also choose the face-to-face class option for some of their courses--and, those admitted to the face-to-face cohort may also choose to take some of their courses online--same great courses--two ways to learn. Choose what fits best for YOU!

    Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

    Interested in our award-winning online CNL and DNP programs? 

    To meet some learner requests, we are also going to be offering some selected graduate courses in a face-to-face and live, synchronous distance learning mode. Local students can choose to take these core courses live in a classroom, or for students in outlying areas, they may be taken via live, synchronous video-conference.

    To find out more about each role concentration, click the links below:

    Face-to-Face Fall 2014 Graduate Courses

    The following courses will be offered in a face-to-face format at the Springfield Center.

    Nursing 615--Advanced Pathophysiology--Tues., 5-8pm
    Nursing 614--Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning--Thurs., 5-8pm
    Nursing 698A Practicum--Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning--Thurs., 8-9pm

    These courses will also be available to interdisciplinary students with permission of the instructor. To request permission to take these classes, or if you are not a currently matriculated UMass student who would like to take these classes, please contact Karen Ayotte at or 413-545-1302.


    Learn More about the Center

    Ribbon Cutting --

    Gov. Patrick announces funding for Center --

  • Library Installs Labyrinth as part of Associate Prof. Donna Zucker's Study

    A Sparq meditation labyrinth has been installed on floor 9 of the Du Bois Library as part of a stress and relaxation study being conducted by associate professor Donna Zucker of the College of Nursing, the Libraries and University of Oklahoma Bizzell Library. 

    The Sparq labyrinth is an interactive mindfulness tool designed to counteract stress and promote wellness in computer-centric work and school environments. 

    Read more from the UMass News Office here:

    And check out this great article from Library Journal:

  • UMass Gives--Save the Date!

    Help make an impact at the UMass Amherst College of Nursing! The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has been a leader in nursing education for 60 years. This is your opportunity to show your Minuteman pride and help UMass Nursing students continue to change the world. 

    UMass Gives is a 36-hour online giving campaign set to take place from April 29th at noon to April 30th at 11:59pm.

    The College of Nursing is participating in a bonus challenge, and is asking you to please give on April 29 between 1-2pm. If the College of Nursing has enough participation in this timeframe, we could secure an additional $2000!   

    In addition, first time student donors will receive a 1:1, dollar for dollar match from the University! 

    The College of Nursing will also be giving out prizes throughout the campaign, so please be sure to save these dates!

    Just go to!

  • CON Scholarships Now Available

    Attention students: 

    The College of Nursing scholarship application is now available here:

    Please be sure to fill out all necessary information, select each scholarship you wish to apply to, and attach all necessary documents. 

    The deadline for submitting your application is Saturday, April 26th. 


  • Former CON Dean Elected President of American Association of Colleges of Nursing

    Former dean of the UMass Amherst School of Nursing, Dr. Eileen Breslin, has been elected president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She served in our CON as dean for ten years, then serving as interim dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences for three. 

    Dr. Breslin, whose personal career interests include women’s health and public health nursing, led a number of major initiatives during her nine years as dean at UMass. She instituted a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, a Clinical Nurse Leader program, and a dual Master of Science and Master of Public Health program ― all firsts in Massachusetts.

    Read the full press release here:

  • Nursing Student Helps Develop Mechanical Arm

    College of Nursing senior Emily Gardner worked with a team of 4 engineering students to design a mechanical arm that helps a Northampton kindergartner feed himself. 

    The project was funded through a grant that was awarded to our own Prof. Cynthia Jacelon, and two engineering professors. 

    This project is the subject of Gardner's honors thesis, and she will continue to work with the young boy and his family for the rest of the school year.

    Read the full story by the Gazette here:

  • Prof. Mary Ellen Burke rated in list of 100 Inspiring Nursing Professors

    We are VERY proud to announce that one of our own College of Nursing faculty members, Professor Mary Ellen Burke, has been rated as #26 in a recent list of 100 Inspiring Nursing Professors to Watch in 2014!

    In announcing this award to us, Meredith Neally, the editor, noted:

    "We think notable experience and continued success as a nursing educator make Mary Ellen Burke-Clinical Assistant Professor an excellent role model for nursing students. Nursing can be an incredibly rewarding field, but it can also be highly competititve. Even the most driven nursing students need inspiring role models as a reminder of what they can achieve through continued learning and dedication in the nursing field. Additionally, we hope that highlighting the accomplishments of educators at some of the top schools in the country motivates our readers to learn more about them. We feel this honor speaks volumes about the quality of your university as a whole."

    You can view the whole list at:

    Thank you to Professor Burke and to all of our faculty for the fantastic work they do and for being such impressive role models for our students! And again, kudos to Prof. Burke for helping us to shine! 

  • Online Grad Nursing Program Ranked Third in Nation

    The UMass Amherst College of Nursing is pleased to announce that our online graduate nursing program has ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report! 

    Visit the report for more information about our ranking and our program:

  • Amherst Bulletin Guest Column by Faculty, Students

    Dr. Genevieve E. Chandler, associate professor, together with nursing doctoral students Olga Ehrlich, Jalil Johnson, Johanna Kolodziej, Maud Low, Abdu Alshehery and Aly Prokop, wrote a guest column in the Amherst Bulletin about the status of healthcare in our community. 

    Helping all find way to health is proper mission for Amherst

    How to best provide healthcare for its own citizens is the critical conversation in Amherst, just as it is in our nation. As nurses, we share the vision of a healthy community that Fannie Ward Bangs likely had when she endowed the fund for a hospital in Amherst. Click to read more from the Amherst Bulletin.


  • New Role Option for Online DNP Program

    In response to the APRN Consensus Model combining the adult and gerontology populations under one role specialization, the College of Nursing is pleased to announce the opening of our new advanced practice nurse (APN) speciality--the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). 

    We will now be accepting applications for admission for Summer/Fall 2014. This popular specialty will prepare students to be eligible to sit for the new AGPCNP board certification examination through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

    For those students currently enrolled in our Graduate Programs (CNL, DNP or PhD) who would like to consider this new specialty please contact Karen Ayotte:

    More information about the AGPCNP role and certification:

  • Now Hiring

    The College of Nursing is hiring for both faculty and professional positions.

    Click here to learn more and to apply.

    Our faculty positions offer an opportunity to work with a dynamic Dean, a world-renowned Associate Dean of Research, and to teach in our traditional Undergraduate, Second Bachelor, DNP, and PhD programs. We are committed to promoting diversity in our school and in the profession to provide culturally sensitive nursing care in a global society. Our faculty are passionate, dedicated and welcoming! We are on the move, come join us! 


  • College of Nursing Day at UMass Football Game

    UMass College of Nursing Supports UMass Football

    The College of Nursing is sponsoring the UMass football game and tailgate on November 16th against Akron. 

    Join us at 10am in the Tailgate Tent to learn about the latest research, developments and advances within the College of Nursing. 



    Students, visit to purchase your $10 bus ticket.

    Visit for more information and to purchase your $10 tailgate ticket!

    See you there!

  • Dr. Chandler Receives 2013 APNA Award

     The College of Nursing congratulates Dr. Genevieve Chandler, RN, PhD, as recipient of the 2013 APNA Award for Excellence in Research.




    Psychologists researching what she perceived to be nursing issues – that’s what got Genevieve Chandler, RN, PhD into psychiatric mental health nursing research. “I felt strongly that a nurse should be studying nursing, so off I went to the University of Utah to pursue doctoral studies,” she says. She took what had been the focus of her practice – creating health and wellness for patients through empowering nurses - and used it for her doctoral research. “The findings from my dissertation research indicated the critical importance of relationships amongst patients, physicians, managers, and mentors,” she explains. “These essential connections facilitate the information, support, resources and opportunities necessary for nurse empowerment. This relational empowerment research shifted my focus from changing the individual nurse to understanding how key relationships in the work environment influence the individual’s work effectiveness.”

    As she researched further her focus once again shifted. “From my recent descriptive studies on the reduction of the use of seclusion and restraints, I learned how nurses took their experience of empowerment and used it to create relationships that empowered patients,” she says.  “I wondered how we could use this to swim upstream and interrupt the trajectory of adverse childhood experiences developing into symptoms which can lead to adult chronic illness,” she continues. “Over 100 studies have documented the relationship between childhood trauma and physical and mental health such as COPD, liver disease, obesity, HIV, depression, and suicidality.” Her current research focuses on how nurses can empower young adults to cultivate resilience in order to develop healthy behaviors and  manage symptoms of  adverse childhood experiences. The initial results show that the four week  strength-based resilience intervention, Empower Strength! has had a significant effect increasing health behaviors.

    Chandler’s colleague provides a snapshot of her research career thus far in a few sentences: “She was an ‘early adopter’ of the importance of resilience and empowerment as a means to change the work environment, build nurses’ self-esteem, and elevate the professionalism of nursing,” says nominator and fellow co-chair of the APNA Graduate Branch of the Education Council Carole Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She developed a way to give ‘voice’ to nurses, administrators, and students through her well-researched empowerment model and, her unique structured writing seminar.” What Chandler sees, as she looks back at her career is, not surprisingly, relationships and connections: “The joy of being a nurse that affords the opportunity for such close connections to patients; the satisfaction of mentoring students and faculty; and the excitement of connecting to other nurse scientists through publications, presentations, and professional involvement.”

    For more information, visit:

  • Dr. Jacelon Awarded Collaborative Grant


    Dr. Frank Sup and Dr. Krisnamurty both from the College of Engineering and Dr. Cynthia Jacelon from the College of Nursing have been awarded a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund teams of students comprised of nursing and engineering students working with older adults to improve functional abilities. 

    This proposal creates a new collaborative opportunity for undergraduate mechanical engineering and nursing students to partner in their senior capstone courses. The focus of their capstone design projects will be to develop assistive devices for older adults that will help them maintain quality of life and retain independence. In this collaborative approach, teams of students will work with an older adult client from a retirement community to identify challenges they are having with Instrumental Activities of Daily Life (IADLs), which are as essential for independent living. Teams will develop solutions using engineering principles and nursing practices to create usable, economical, and reliable devices that fit into the daily life of the older adults. The collaborative process with older adults as clients will enable the students to gain insight into the user's needs and requirements and develop solutions that are customized for their use. This proposal is motivated by the impending rise in the number of older adults in the United States and their desire to remain independent and lead a fulfilling life. Without assistance with IADLs, they will require increasing levels of support from family or institutions. The capstone design focus will be on developing economical assistive devices that can both help older adults maintain independence and quality of life. The proposal creates a stimulating and collaborative environment for the proposed projects through the synergistic partnership between the faculty and students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and School of Nursing and the older adults and staff at Mason Wright Retirement Community (Springfield, MA) and the Jewish Geriatric Services (Longmeadow, MA).

    Congratulations to Dr. Jacelon and Team!  

    Read more from the College of Engineering: "MIE and College of Nursing Receive $125,000 NSF Grant for Senior Capstone Course".

  • Dr. Swinney voted Chair-Elect of APHA Section


    Dr. Jean Swinney, PhD, RN, has been elected as Chair to serve amongst the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association.
    The College of Nursing congratulates Dr. Swinney on this exciting leadership role. 
    For more information about the Public Health Nursing Section of the APHA, visit


  • 60th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration

    Join us for the College of Nursing's 60th Anniversary Celebration and annual Homecoming Luncheon. Connect with colleagues, learn about updates in UMass nursing from Dean Stephen Cavanagh and enjoy a presentation of the nursing program's history through the decades.

    Awards will be presented to outstanding alumni--join us to honor and celebrate their accomplishments! 

    The cost for this event is $35, and includes continental breakfast and luncheon buffet. 

    Free parking is available in all lots, as well as paid parking in the Campus Center garage. 

    Please click here or call 800-456-UMASS to register by October 15.

    Contact Elaine Fuqua (413-545-5090) with any questions, or the Alumni Association (800-456-UMASSS).

  • Dean Stephen Cavanagh Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

    Stephen J. Cavanagh, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will join 171 nursing leaders nationwide to be inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing at its annual meeting Oct. 19.
    Cavanagh is one of only eight fellows selected from Massachusetts. He was named dean of the UMass Amherst College of Nursing in July 2011, and had previously been professor and associate dean for academic and clinical affairs in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit.
    The American Academy of Nursing is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. The fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and scientific researchers. With this new class, fellows will represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 19 countries.
    “Selection for fellowship in the academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said academy president Joanne Disch. “I congratulate all of the new fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the academy.”
    Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing careers influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. New fellows will be eligible to use the credentials “FAAN” (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.
    For more information on the American Academy of Nursing visit
    [via UMass Amherst News Release]
  • UMass Amherst College of Nursing Announces Name Change

     The UMass Amherst School of Nursing is very pleased to announce that it is officially the College of Nursing, effective 7/1/2013.

     A school-wide celebration is being planned for the Fall. 

     This marks an exciting new era for the College of Nursing, as we approach our 60th Anniversary. 

  • True Collaboration: The Jail Labyrinth Project


    For the past 24 months, the School of Nursing, Department of Landscape Design, Sisters of St. Joseph, and the Hampshire Sheriff's Office combined efforts to build an outdoor 80-foot green labyrinth on the grounds of the Hampshire County Jail. This project was combined with the creation of a training manual and curriculum aimed at the rehabilitation of incarcerated men. Now in its 7th year, the labyrinth walking program combined efforts of community members, university faculty and students, and the incarcerated men who built and planted this space, resulting in a robust and transformative treatment program. 

    Thanks to the generous efforts of the Northampton Community TV, a 23 minute documentary is now available on YouTube. 

  • Preview Dr. Susan Hagedorn's '77 film, "Island Nurse"

    The School of Nursing is proud to welcome Alumna, Dr. Susan Hagedorn’77 to Skinner Hall on Thursday, April 4th. Dr. Hagedorn will be presenting her film Island Nurse.  This documentary tells the story of Mary Donnelly, who has served as the Block Island nurse for over fifty-five years. Click here to watch the trailer.

    Dr. Hagedorn is a nationally recognized nurse, filmmaker and philanthropist. Dr. Hagedorn first earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University before attending the UMass Amherst School of Nursing to earn a bachelor’s in nursing in 1977. She then went on to receive her master’s in nursing from Boston College and PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado. In 2010, she completed her master’s program in media studies at The New School.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Susan Hagedorn.

  • UMass College of Nursing Celebrating 60th Anniversary

    Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Nursing Excellence.

    Click here for information in a downloadable pdf format.


    Scholarship Ceremony

    September 4, 2013 at UMass Amherst.
    Location to be announced.

    Homecoming—Annual Luncheon & Distinguished Alumni Awards

    October 19, 2013, 10 a.m., Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst
    Join us for the College of Nursing's 60th Anniversary Celebration during our annual Homecoming Luncheon. Connect with colleagues, learn about updates in UMass nursing from Dean Stephen Cavanagh and enjoy a presentation of the nursing program's history through the decades.
    Awards will be presented to outstanding alumni -- join us to honor and celebrate their accomplishments!
    Cost for this event is $35 and includes continental breakfast and luncheon buffet. Please click here to register by October 15.
    Contact Elaine Fuqua (413-545-5090) with any questions, or the Alumni Association at 800-456-UMASS.
  • Summer Genetic Institute at the National Institutes of Health June 3 - June 28, 2013

    The Summer Genetics Institute (SGI), sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), is a one month, intensive program of classroom and laboratory instruction in genetics that provides a foundation for biobehavioral research and clinical practice. 

    Click here for more information.

  • Dr. Choi elected 2013-2014 ISSR Scholar

    The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) University of Massachusetts has elected Dr. Jeungok Choi as one of its 2013-2014 Scholars. During her year as an ISSR Scholar, Dr. Choi will develop a grant proposal for the project entitled, "Improving Discharge Communication using Pictographs." The aims of this project is to 1) compare the effects of Web-format, or paper-format pictograph-based discharge instructions, and 2) verify casual links between pictograph-based discharge instructions in both web and paper format and comprehension, recall, and health outcomes.

    The ISSR Scholar Program provides a course release for an interdisciplinary seminar of six social science faculty from across the university to meet regularly through the academic year to develop individual research grant proposals. The seminar will include ongoing presentations and discussion of faculty research proposals, advice on grant writing and submission, information about grant agencies, and opportunities to meet national scholars for consultation.

    Social science faculty of all ranks and schools are encouraged to apply, regardless of external funding history. See eligibility criteria and application instructions.







    Jeungok Choi RN, MPH, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    120 Skinner Hall

    School of Nursing

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    651 North Pleasant Street

    Amherst, MA 01003

  • U.S. News Ranks UMass Amherst Among Top Online Graduate Programs in Nursing


    The online graduate program in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked among the top 25 in the country by 
    U.S. News & World ReportUMass Amherst’s online master’s in nursing program is ranked 12th nationally. According to U.S. News, the nursing program rankings are based on information obtained from 101 schools with online programs. The rankings consider a range of factors, including graduation rates, class size, one-year retention rates, the required time to complete a degree, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity, services and technology available to students and the amount of student debt carried by graduates. 

    Click here for full article...

  • EMPOWER STRENGTH! Dates for April changed to Thursday, April, 4, 11, 18, 25.


    We have found that difficult experiences from the past can have an impact on your health so we are doing a study to build on strengths to improve student health.

    We developed a workshop, Empower Strength! that focuses on identifying and building your strengths to promote your coping skills. Consider joining our April Empower Strength workshop. (Consent form)

    The study begins with a brief survey on survey monkey, followed by an invitation to the 4-week workshop or participate in 2 online follow-up surveys so we can compare whether the workshop made a difference. The survey includes questions about your health, past difficult childhood experiences and how you cope. A description is on the consent form.

  • Nursing Professor Receives Nearly $900,000 Grant




    Professor Jean Swinney from the School of Nursing was awarded a total of $892,559.00 to implement a program called Achieving Diversity: A Comprehensive Approach to Nursing Workforce Diversity Enhancement. Over a three year period the UMass Amherst School of Nursing will implement a multifaceted, collaborative initiative whose overarching goal is to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged nurses employed in the national nursing workforce.

    The program will develop and implement an integrated, region-wide series of interventions, with a focus on Springfield and Holyoke, whose principal aims are to: 1) increase the number of ethnic minority and disadvantaged students who choose and successfully prepare for careers in nursing, 2) to enhance the existing structures of support and communication at the college level to increase the percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged students who successfully complete baccalaureate degree nursing programs and pass the NCLEX nursing examination both within our region and throughout the US. The Project will also provide student support in the forms of scholarships and stipends.

    This program also includes extensive interventions to interest and support pre-collegiate students in pursuing a nursing education while encouraging ethnic minority Bachelors students to enter the PhD in Nursing program in order to become potential new UMass faculty members.

    The Achieving Diversity program address the serious health implications related to the continuing shortage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged nurses in our nation’s nursing workforce.

    More Information

  • Hluchyj Fellows Chosen in Engineering and Nursing for 2012-2013


    Doctoral students Akshaya Shanmugam of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and Jalil Johnson from the School of Nursing have been named the 2012-2013 Hluchyj Fellows at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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  • Top 100 Nursing Professor in 2012


    Genevieve Chandler from the School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst is listed among a top 100 Nursing Progessor in 2012.

    Recognition: Nancy Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award, American Psychiatric Nurses, Association, New England Chapter, 2012; National Education Award, American Psychiatric Nursing Association, 2008

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  • School of Nursing Professor is on the List of Outstanding Nursing Professors in the United States!

    75 Nursing Professors You Would Be Lucky To Have Teach your Classes

    Genevieve Chandler from the School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst is listed among the outstanding nursing professors in the united states.

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  • School of Nursing's Faculty and Staff Campaign

    I would like to thank and recognize the faculty and staff for their participation in the School of Nursing’s Faculty and Staff Campaign. This year 1,162 members of our campus community donated over $727,000 to support the Campaign.

     The School of Nursing ranked in 2nd place for participation with a rate of 45%.  This past Wednesday, Donna Zucker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, accepted the award on behalf of the School. We had 18 out of 40 colleagues make a donation to UMass Amherst. We donated over $3,000. This will be matched dollar for dollar and total over $6,000 towards the School of Nursing!

     The importance of the success of this Campaign cannot be overstated as it shows our support of public higher education and demonstrates our commitment to UMass Amherst. The strength of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is defined by its faculty and staff and because of your support this strength continues to grow.

     Thank you,

    Andrew W. Clendinneng

    Regional Director of Development

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • UMass - Amherst 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

    This year University Massachusetts, Amherst Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Susan Hagedorn '77 is a nationally recognized nurse, filmmaker and philanthropist. As a retired pediatric and women’s health nurse practitioner specializing in adolescence, Hagedorn serves on the emeriti faculty of the University of Colorado School of Nursing. 

    After retiring from her career in medicine, Hagedorn decided to pursue her love of filmmaking. She founded Seedworks Films for which she produces and directs documentaries for social change. Seedworks Films is the largest producer of films about nurses and nursing in the United States and is the action arm of The Seedworks Fund, a non-profit foundation whose mission is seeding social change with an emphasis on health, education and vulnerable families.

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