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Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., R.N., CNE

Associate Dean, Associate Professor

czekanski@lasalle.edu

215.991.3681

St. Benilde Tower 4404

As Associate Dean for the Nursing Programs in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. Czekanski serves as the Chief Nurse Administrator for the Nursing Programs and oversees the continued development, implementation, promotion, and daily operation of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.  Dr. Czekanski joined La Salle in 2008 as Director of the Graduate and RN-BSN programs. As Director, Dr. Czekanski facilitated the launch of a fully online R.N. to BSN program, a dual MSN/MPH degree program, as well as a newly approved Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Program. Prior to that, Dr. Czekanski was an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Czekanski's scholarship addresses end of life care and dementia caregiving, and she is particularly interested in the experience of people caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease as they transition to the caregiving role.

Areas of Expertise

  • Dementia caregiving
  • Hospice, palliative care
  • Community health
  • Education 

Education

  • Ph.D.–Nursing, Duquesne University
  • MSN–Family Health Nursing, Management, The College of New Jersey
  • BSN, Villanova University 

Certifications

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing

Training

  • End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Training - sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and City of Hope Cancer Center
  • Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium Training - sponsored by the Hartford Foundation and the AACN 

Teaching

  • Nursing research
  • International public health nursing
  • Family systems concepts for primary care
  • Professional ethics

Research Interests

  • Dementia caregiving
  • Hospice, palliative care
  • Community health
  • Education

Publications

Czekanski, K. & Wolf, Z. (accepted). Encouraging and evaluating class participation. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice.

Piper, L., & Czekanski, K. (2012). Use of a simulated administrative decision-making exercise in an online master’s nursing administration course. Journal of Nursing Education, (51), 1-2.

Wolf, Z. & Czekanski, K. (2011). Analyzing student complaints against nursing programs: Taxonomies of complaints and outcomes. Journal of Professional Nursing. 27(5), 283-291.

Hodgson, N., Gitlin, L., Winter, L., & Czekanski, K. (2011). Undiagnosed illness and neuropsychiatric behaviors in community-residing older adults with dementia. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders. 25(2), 109–115.

Bicknell, P. & Czekanski, K. (2009) Clinical nurse leader®: Potential nursing role for long-term care. PADONA Journal, 22(1), 21-24.

Griffiths, M., Papastrat, K., Czekanski, K. & Hagan, K. (2004). The lived experience of NCLEX failure. Journal of Nursing Education. 43: 322-325.

Griffiths, M. & Czekanski, K. (2003).  Meeting the needs of the health system: A refresher course for registered nurses. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 34: 162-173.

Book Chapter

Czekanski, K, (2008). Dying Care in Ackely, B., Ladwig, G., Swan, B. A., & Tucker, S.  Evidence-based nursing care guidelines. St. Louis: Mosby.

Presentations

October 29, 2011       
Research Utilization with Three Populations of Staff Nurses. Symposium presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International 41st Biennial Convention.  Grapevine, Texas. With Dr. P O’Connor and Dr. P. Bicknell.

April 15, 2011            
The Use of Simulated Administrative Ethical Decision Making in Online Masters in Nursing Administration Course. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Hot Topics Conference, Baltimore, MD.

February 25, 2011      
The Use of Role Play in an Online Masters in a Nursing Administration Course.  2011 Master’s Education Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

March 28, 2008          
The Experience of Transitioning to the Caregiving Role for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s disease or a Related Dementia.  2008 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) 20th Annual Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau, International
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society, Nominating Committee member 

 Volunteer, Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter