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Mary T. Palovcak, DNP RN CRNP FNP-BC

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I became a Registered Nurse in 1991 and graduated from Frankford Hospital School of Nursing with a diploma in Nursing and an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Penn State University. In 2014, I graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The George Washington University School of Nursing, and in 2017 I completed my DNP from Wilkes University.

All of my RN clinical experience is in the Emergency Department. As an FNP, I have worked in the CVS MinuteClinic, in Occupational Health for the Johns Hopkins University, and in a Bariatric Surgery specialty practice at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. To keep my clinical skills current, I work per-diem in an Occupational Health department.

Becoming a Nurse, and then a Nurse Practitioner, have been some of the best choices that I have made in my life. I look forward to working with you as you embark upon your journey to become a Nurse Practitioner!

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Health
  • Emergency Department


  • DNP – Wilkes University 2017
  • Post MSN FNP – The George Washington University 2014
  • MSN – University of Phoenix 2003
  • BSN – Excelsior University 1998
  • RN Diploma – Frankford Hospital School of Nursing 1991
  • Associate degree in Arts & Sciences – Penn State University 1991


  • Certified Bariatric Nurse
  • Certified School Nurse
  • Certified DOT Medical Examiner


  • Women’s Health
  • Adult Health
  • Pathophysiology
  • Roles of the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Population Health
  • Clinical for adult, family, women’s health and pediatrics


Mansfield, M. and McGinty, J.  Responding to hanging injuries. Nursing 2008. 38(4):56cc1-

56cc3, May 2008.

Rosemary E. Zuk, MSN, R.N.

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Rosemary Zuk graduated with a MSN from Gywnedd Mercy College in 1996. She worked at Frankford Hospital School of Nursing for several years and then accepted a clinical nurse specialist position in medical-surgical nursing at Holy Redeemer Hospital. During that time she also taught as an adjunct clinical faculty member at La Salle. In 2007 Zuk became the Coordinator of Nursing Education at Holy Redeemer, and in 2011 she became the Clinical Coordinator at La Salle.

Areas of Expertise

Medical-Surgical nursing


MSN, Gwynedd Mercy College, 1996
BSN, Penn State University, 1993
ASN, Frankford Hospital, 1989

Beth Wagner, MSN, R.N.

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Beth Wagner has worked as a registered nurse for over thirty years and has assisted nursing students meet their clinical objectives for the past fifteen years. Wagner works with students in pediatrics, women’s health, public health, and adult medical surgical areas. She has been employed with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2008 as an adjunct clinical instructor and was hired as a fulltime clinical instructor in 2013. Wagner is also a prepared childbirth educator and teaches childbirth education classes breastfeeding classes, and newborn care classes at Pennsylvania Hospital and Jefferson University Hospital.

Area of Expertise:

Women’s Health
Public Health
Adult Medical Surgical



Villanova University 1982
Villanova University 1987



Prepared childbirth educator


Clinical instructor for NUR 306, 316, 405, and 411.


Donaher-Wagner, B. and Denise Braun. (1991). Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Expectant and New Parents. American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing. 17(1), 27-29.

Honors, Awards

1987 Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Nu Chapter

Sheila McLaughlin, MSN, RN

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Ms. Sheila McLaughlin is Assistant Director for the Achieve Evening and Weekend Program & RN-BSN Program. She completed her BSN at Villanova University and her MSN in Education at Gwynedd Mercy College. She has worked as a registered nurse for 29 years, beginning her career at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and spending the last 10 years providing primary nursing care to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. McLaughlin is a member of the American College of Health Association and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing. As Assistant Director, her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, student enrollment as well as advising and managing the Evening/Weekend BSN Program at La Salle’s Main Campus in Philadelphia and La Salle’s Bucks County Center in Newtown, PA and the RN-BSN on-line Program.


  • MSN, Education, Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
  • BSN, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Mary Dorr, MSN, R.N.

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Assistant Dean Mary Dorr graduated with her R.N. diploma from the Germantown Hospital and Dispensary School of Nursing.  She attended Gwynedd-Mercy College where she received her BSN, and in 1985 she received her MSN in Nursing Education from Villanova University. Early in her career, she worked as a staff nurse at Germantown Hospital and Dispensary on various medical-surgical floors, intensive care units, and in the operating room.  Following completion of her BSN, she began her career in nursing education as a medical-surgical instructor, and then as a nursing instructor teaching medical-surgical nursing . In 1990, she became the Director of Nursing Education for the School of Nursing; and in 1992 the Chair of Education for the Germantown Hospital and Medical Center

In 1999, Mary Dorr became the Assistant Dean at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) at La Salle. She oversees the functions related to curriculum progression of undergraduate studies in nursing, nutrition, speech-language-hearing-science, health studies, and public health. She is also the representative for the School to the University in regard to academic issues. She serves on a number of SNHS Committees as well as a number of University committees.


MSN,Villanova University

BSN, Gwynedd-Mercy College

Diploma, Germantown Hospital and Dispensary School of Nursing


Wieland, D., Altmiller, G., Dorr, M., and Wolf, Z.  (2007). Clinical transition of

baccalaureate nursing students during preceptored, pregraduation practicums.

Nursing Education Perspective.

Honors, Awards

Kappa Delta, Sigma Theta Tau, Chapter Award, Excellence in Chapter Support from La Salle

University, 2011.

Kappa Delta, Sigma Theta Tau, Chapter Award, Excellence in Mentoring from La Salle

University, 2004.

Nursing Medallion for Distinguished Achievement in the Graduate Program from Villanova

University, 1985.

Distinguished Achievement in Academic and University Service Award from Villanova University,


Phi Kappa Phi, 1985

Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Nu Chapter, Villanova University, 1984.

Zane Robinson Wolf, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

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Zane Robinson WolfPh.D., R.N., FAAN is Dean Emerita and Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle. She returned to full-time teaching in the fall of 2012. She practiced as a critical care and medical surgical nurse and has worked in nursing education, teaching in diploma, associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral nursing programs. Dr. Wolf teaches courses on patient safety, nursing research, evidence-based practice, and caring; and she continues to conduct qualitative and quantitative research on medication errors, nurse caring, nursing education concerns, and other topics. She is a board member of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and a member of the Patient Safety Committee of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. She reviews manuscripts for various nursing and healthcare journals. Dr. Wolf has been an editor of the International Journal for Human Caring since 1999. She is a former board member and past president of the International Association for Human Caring.  She is also a member of Advisory Board of the Anne Boykin Institute for the Advancement of Caring in Nursing. Dr. Wolf has hosted three International Caring Conferences in Philadelphia. The Christine E. Lynne College of Nursing of Florida Atlantic University honored her by designating her as Caring Scholar.

Areas of Expertise

Nursing research
Nursing rituals
Patient safety
Qualitative research
Wounded healer/second victim
Nurse caring


Ph.D., Clinical Nursing Research, University of Pennsylvania, 1986
(Dissertation – Nursing Rituals in an Adult Acute Care Hospital: An Ethnography)
MSN—Medical/Surgical Teaching, Boston College, 1974
BSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
Diploma, Germantown Dispensary and Hospital, 1965


NUR 750: Translating Evidence into Practice
NUR 605: Research and Evidence-Based Practice II
NUR 408: Nursing Research
NUR 465: Safety Strategies for Healthcare Delivery Systems
NUR 467: Caring Theory, Caring Practice

Publications (most recent)

Wolf, Z. R. (2012). Systematic review of effect of a caring protocol provided by nursing staff on patient satisfaction of adult hospitalized patients. International Journal for Human Caring, 16(4), 58-70.


Wolf, Z.R. (1986). Nursing rituals in an adult acute care hospital: An ethnography. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms.

Wolf, Z.R. (1988). Nurses’ work: The sacred and the profane. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Wolf, Z.R. (1994). Medication errors: The nursing experience. Albany, NY: Delmar.

Wolf, Z.R. (Ed.). (1994). The experience of the expert advanced practice nurse. Philadelphia, PA: La Salle University. (Unpublished manuscript).

Wolf, Z.R., Beitz, J.M., & Gaberson, K. (Eds.). (2002). Teaching tips for Pennsylvania nurse educators. Paoli, PA: Pennsylvania League for Nursing.

Beitz, J., Wolf, Z. & Olive, D. (2005). Test manual for LoBiondo-Woods & Haber’s Nursing research (6th ed.)Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Smith, M., Turkel, M., & Wolf, Z. R. (Eds.). (2013). Caring classics: Sentinel literature on caring in nursing. New York, NY: Springer Publications. (In press).

Wolf, Z. R., & Turkel, M. (2013). Caring in nursing classics: An essential resource. Teachers’ and students’ resource book. New York, NY: Springer Publications. In press.

Wolf, Z. R. (2013). Rituals in nursing. Manuscript in press. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Honors, Awards

Germantown Hospital School of Nursing, September, 1965; Graduate with highest average.

Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society, Xi Chapter Induction, University of Pennsylvania.; Kappa Delta and Xi Chapters. Virginia Henderson Fellow.

Boston College Graduate Program in Nursing – passed oral comprehensive examination with distinction; January, 1974.

Villanova University College of Nursing, Teaching and Service Award; May, 1980.

University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing – passed oral defense of Ph.D. dissertation with distinction; April 24, 1986.

Mary and Christian Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, La Salle University, May 14, 1989.

Kappa Delta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Excellence in Education Award, April 20, 1990.

Doris Mathis Distinguished Service Award; Southeastern Pennsylvania League for Nursing, October 25, 1990.

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, inducted October 26, 1991.

Pennsylvania League for Nursing Recognition Award for Leadership in the Field of Nursing, March 12, 1993.

Honorary Member, 1993-1994, Delaware Valley Nurse Educator Group.

Writers Award, MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health, October 18, 1996, Chicago.

Research Dissemination Award, Region 6, Sigma Theta Tau International, March 23, 2001 for Wolf, Z.R. (2000). Understanding medication errors. Continuing education 220. Nursing Spectrum (Greater Philadelphia/Tri-State Edition), 9(5), 14-16; (Greater Chicago/NE Illinois & NW Indiana Edition, 13(5), 28-30); Washington, DC/Baltimore Metro Edition, 10(5), 16-18); (Florida Edition, 10(5), 14-16); (New England Edition, 4(5), 10-12); (West Region, Metro Edition, 2001. 2(5), 29-34).

Nursing Research Award, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, September 28, 2001, Harrisburg, PA.

Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, 12th Annual Awards Gala, one of three finalists for Nursing Research Award, October 19, 2001, Hershey, PA.

2002 Award, Excellence in Education, Authorship and Mentorship fostering the aims of human understanding, International Institute for Human Understanding, Miami, FL, March 8, 2002.

Honorable Mention, Writers Award for Relationship between Nurse Caring and Patient Satisfaction in Patients Undergoing Invasive Cardiac Procedures, MEDSURG Nursing, July, 12, 2004.

Distinguished Lecturer, Keynote at Donna Cox Bridger Lectureship on “Emotional Aspects of Errors for Health Care Providers,” Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL, March 5, 2004.

Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Inducted December 7, 2005.

2005-2006, Caring Scholar, designation by Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University.

Volunteer Award from Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for Chairing Pennsylvania Nurse, October 20, 2007, Harrisburg, PA.

Certificate of Appreciation from Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for service on Board of Directors 2005-2007, October 20, 2007, Harrisburg, PA.

Caring Scholar designation by Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University 2005-2008.

Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009 International Excellence Awards, Biennial Convention, Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Chapter Support to Zane Robinson Wolf, RN, PhD, FAAN, November 2, 2009, Indianapolis, IN.

Convocation Speaker, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Gathering Stories: locating Nursing Student Chronicles, September 24, 2010; Dialog with DNP and PhD nursing students and Drs. Smith and Valentine on the discipline of nursing and caring, September 25, 2010.

Distinguished Colleague Award, Pennsylvania Higher Education Schools of Nursing 2012.

Certificate of Appreciation, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association in recognition of valuable contributions to ideals of professional nursing the support demonstrated to Pennsylvania State Nurses Association in our movement with the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Advancement of Nursing Education, April 18, 2012.

Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation, Pennsylvania Higher Education Schools of Nursing for distinguished leadership in nursing education, April, 2012.

Dean Emerita, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, La Salle University, August 2012.

Anne Boykin Institute for the Advancement of Caring in Nursing, September 2012.

Mary Wilby, Ph.D., MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, R.N.

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Mary Wilby has been a nurse practicing in various clinical settings for over 30 years. Her interests in nursing are rather broad and stem primarily from the experiences she has shared with patients and students. Her clinical interests are primarily in the care of individuals with chronic illness and the effects of poverty on health. Outside of La Salle she continues to practice on a per-diem basis at two local health care institutions providing care to patients with advanced illness. She enjoys cooking, reading, travel, and yoga.

Areas of Expertise

Medical-Surgical nursing
Adult primary care
End-of-Life care
Cultural diversity
Integrative medicine
Holistic health


Ph.D. candidate, The Union Institute and University
BSN and MSN, La Salle University
Nursing Diploma, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Adult Nurse Practitioner
ACLS Adult Nurse Practitioner


Undergraduate Courses Taught
Nursing 305: Health Assessment and Promotion
Nursing 316: Nursing Care of the Older Adult in Health and Illness
HSC 407: Stress and Health

Graduate Courses Taught
Nursing 660: Primary Care of the Adult I
Nursing 661: Primary Care of the Adult II.
Nursing 665: Field Study in Primary Care of Adults I
Nursing 666: Field Study in Primary Care of Adults II
Nursing 616: Assessment of the Adult
Nursing 572: End of Life Care Across the Lifespan


Comforting Patients with Advanced Cancer, Master’s Thesis LaSalle University School of Nursing 1990

Addressing Nursing Student Stress Through Holistic Caring Modalities, with Meryle Gurmankin, 2005

The Experiences of Vietnamese American Nursing Students, ongoing research for doctoral dissertation, The Union Institute and University


Wilby, M. (2011). Teaching others to care: A case for using the humanities in nursing education. International Journal for Human Caring. 15 (4), 29-32.

Wilby, M. (2011). Anemia in older adults. PADONA Journal. 24 (1), 15-20.

Wilby, M. (2009). When the world is white. International Journal for Human Caring. 13(4), 58-61.

Wilby, M. (2009). Foodborne illness, Pennsylvania Nurse.64 (2) 18-22.

Wilby, M. (2008). Remembering Shirley. International Journal for Human Caring. 12(4) 56-57.

Lindell, K. O. & Wilby, M. (2008). Tobacco and other substance abuse. In M. Geiger-Bronsky & D.Wilson eds, Respiratory Nursing: A Core Curriculum.  New York: Springer Publishing.


Wilby, M.L. (1996). Instant Nursing Assessment: Respiratory. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers


October, 2012, Caring for Ourselves and Others: A Holistic Approach, Meryle Gurmankin and Mary Wilby Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

June, 2012, Oncology Nursing Review Course,           Scientific Principles, Treatment Modalities,Abington Memorial Hospital

June 2012, Critical Reflection: On Becoming a More Caring Teacher of Advanced Practice Nursing Students

33rd International Association for Human Caring Conference

February, 2012, Dying in America: Why Is It So Complicated? Explorer Café,La Salle University

July, 2009, Introduction to Cancer Genetics and Cancer Treatment, Merck Super Regional Meeting

July 2009, The Union Institute and University  6th Residency Conference- Engendering Knowledge,Exploring the Lack of Diversity in American Nursing Through a Historical Lens

June, 2009, Poster Presentation, American Holistic Nurses’ Association         29th Annual Conference, Addressing Nursing Student Stress through Holistic Caring Modalities, Gurmankin, MSN R.N. and Mary Wilby, MSN, CRNP

October, 2008, La Salle University Social Justice Week, Implications of the Global AIDS Epidemic,“The Face of AIDS”

Professional Activities

Textbook reviewer for F.A Davis Company, Philadelphia PA

Review Board Journal of Holistic Nursing

La Salle University School of Nursing Advisory Board

SONHS Faculty Search Committee

La Salle University School of Nursing BSN Curriculum Committee

MSN Curriculum Committee, 2003-2012

La Salle University School of Nursing BSN Admissions Committee, MSN Admissions Committee 2003-2012

La Salle University General Education Task Force

La Salle University Explorer Café Planning Committee

La Salle University SONHS Library Liaison

La Salle University Service Learning Cohort

La Salle University Neighborhood Health and Nutrition Project

American Holistic Nurses’ Association

International Association for Human Caring

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Delta Chapter

Honors, Awards

June, 2001, International Association of Lasallian Universities Leadership Institute, Rome, Italy

July, 2006-June, 2007 Independence Blue Cross Faculty Doctoral Fellow

Jeannine Uribe, Ph.D., R.N.

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As an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. Uribe teaches public health nursing for the undergraduate and graduate nursing students as well as international public health nursing in the RN-BSN online program.  Dr. Uribe was an assistant clinical professor at the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University, where she started a study abroad experience for the Online RN-BSN nursing program.

Dr. Uribe’s scholarship addresses nursing history with a focus on international public health nursing projects introducing U.S. nursing trends into other countries. Her clinical practice includes experience in many of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs serving as a home care nurse, clinic nurse, and case manager.

Areas of Specialty

  • Public health Nursing
  • Public health nursing history
  • Community Health: Home Care
  • Global Health
  • Case Management
  • Nursing urban immigrants


  • Ph.D. Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSN Public Health Nursing, La Salle University School of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • BSN, Purdue University
  • ASN, Purdue University


  • Public Health Nursing
  • International Public Health Nursing

Book Chapters

  • Chapter: Uribe, J. (2014). History in the making: Organizing a nursing history dissertation. In M. de Chesnay (Ed.), Nursing research using historical methods. New York: Spring Publishing Company.
  • Chapter: Dreher, H.M. & Uribe, J. (2011). Role theory and the evolution of professional roles in nursing. In H.M. Dreher & M.E. Smith Glasgow (Eds.), Role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice (pp. 47-65). New York: Spring Publishing Company.


September, 2014
APA and writing skills. Workshop Presentations for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York City, NY.

September, 2013
Cold War Politics and Nursing: Jessie Scott Assesses Nursing Manpower in India Through a U.S. Lens. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Association for the History of Nursing, Cleveland, OH.

September, 2010
Setting up Clearly Defined Lines of Authority: Nursing Leadership under Sophia Pincheira. Presentation at the International Perspectives in History of Nursing Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, England.

April, 2007
All nationalities, creeds, and colors: Pan American Nursing Care. Presentation at the Spring Colloquium on the History of Caregiving, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA.

September, 2006
Exporting public health nursing to Chile: Elizabeth W. Brackett, 1942-1944. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Association for the History of Nursing, Rochester, MN.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for the History of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International
  • Association of Community Health Nursing Educators

Diane Terrell, MSN, R.N.

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Diane Terrell’s professional background includes experience in health education, medical-surgical nursing, and long-term care management, with emphasis on patients with dementia.  Diane’s clinical expertise as an R.N. is in the area of mental health, which includes management and administration of acute inpatient units, and consulting for outpatient and free standing facilities, specializing in the area of behavioral health. She holds a MSN and both a BSN and B.S degrees.

Maureen Szulewski, MSN, CNE, CCRN, R.N.

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Areas of Expertise

Medical Surgical Nursing, Critical Care and Cardiac Rehabilitation


Ph.D. (candidate) 2012-Present
Widener University, Chester, PA

Widener University, Chester, PA

Richard Stockton College
Pomona, NJ

Diploma in Nursing
Helene Fuld School of Nursing
Blackwood, NJ


Post Master Certificate in Nursing Education
Widener University, Chester, PA

Certified Nurse Educator
National League for Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nurses