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Faculty Profile

Meryle Gurmankin, Ph.D., R.N., CSN, AHN-BC (Retired)

Assistant Professor of Nursing


St. Benilde Tower 4410

Dr. Gurmankin is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle. She is certified in Holistic Nursing by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center and has specialized in holistic stress management and holistic nutrition counseling. Certified in Therapeutic Touch and Reiki, she has provided clients with programs for stress reduction and self-care.

Her research interests include obesity in children and the ways families cope with the stress related to the problem. She has written articles about mentoring nursing students and the use of mindfulness meditation with the elderly in nursing facilities.

She received her diploma from the Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing in Philadelphia and her BSN and MSN from La Salle and her Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. As a graduate of Birchtree’s Integrative Healing Arts Program, she is active in the American Holistic Nurses Association and continues learning and teaching about holistic methods of stress management.

Areas of Expertise

Holistic nursing
Stress management
School nursing
Adult health nursing
Continuing education


Ph.D. Clayton College of Natural Health, Holistic Nutrition 
MSN– Adult Health and Illness, La Salle University 
BSN, La Salle University
Diploma, Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing


Board certified– holistic nursing
School nurse 
Stress management


Public health nursing
Stress and health
The unhealthy urban environment
Holistic health modalities
School nurse certificate courses
Graduate nursing courses


The Lived Experience of Being the Parent or Caregiver of an Overweight Child. A Phenomenologic Study


Gurmankin, M. (2005). Teaching new nurses: Looking back, looking forward. The Pennsylvania Nurse, 60:5 p.15.

Gurmankin, M. (2006). School Nursing: Advancing the well being and academic success of children. The Pennsylvania Nurse, 61:1 p 13.

Gurmankin, M. (2006). Conflicts in school nursing practice. The Pennsylvania Nurse, 61:3 p 17.

Gurmankin, M. (2008). Meditation as a tool for helping the elderly decrease stress. PADONA Journal, 21: 3 p 10.

Honors, Awards

Who’s Who in American Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau- Kappa Delta Chapter
La Salle University Nursing Honor Society
Honor Society of Alpha Epsilon

Professional Organizations

American Holistic Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
Alumni Association of AEMC School of Nursing 
Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses 
National Association of School Nurses 
American Nurses Association
National League for Nursing
The Museum of Nursing History- Secretary
International Association for Human Caring