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Kristen Overbaugh, Ph.D., RN

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Kristen Overbaugh Ph.D., RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing. Prior to joining La Salle in 2018, she taught at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where her primary teaching role was as clinical faculty for adult acute care and leadership and management courses. She has previous teaching experience in similar clinical and didactic undergraduate courses, and in assisting with on-line graduate nursing courses focused on theory, research, and healthcare policy. She has over 20 years of experience in acute care settings as a nurse in practice, management, and educator roles. She has a special interest in improving outcomes, including quality of life, for individuals living with chronic illness and their family members. She completed an inter-professional palliative care fellowship in 2016 through the South Texas Veterans Health Care Administration in San Antonio. Her research has focused on personal growth in heart failure, integrating palliative care prior to end-of-life, and family caregiving in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She has received training to facilitate ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education) courses, and Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning.  In addition to further developing her own area of research, she hopes to continue to mentor nursing students in becoming successful, compassionate clinicians and leaders in a complex healthcare environment.

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Palliative Care and Hospice


  • Ph.D., Nursing; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • MSN Acute Care of the Adult, Clinical Nurse Specialist; Minor in Teaching
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • BS, Nursing; Minor in Geriatrics; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA


  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health (ACNS-BC)
  • Certificate of Training Inter-professional Palliative Care Fellowship


  • Adult Acute Care/Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Palliative and End of Life Nursing Education


Overbaugh KJ, Zaragoza G, White C. The formation of a community academic partnership to address health disparities and improve outcomes for Latino family caregivers living in a rural community. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 2018; 1-3. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1398793.

White CL, Overbaugh KJ, Pickering, CEZ, Piernik-Yoder, B, James D, Patel DI, Puga F, Ford L, Cleveland, J. Advancing care for family caregivers of persons with dementia through caregiver and community partnerships. Research Involvement and Engagement 2018; 4(1):1-7. doi: 10.1186/s40900-018-0084-4

Overbaugh KJ, Parshall MB. Personal growth, symptoms, and uncertainty in community-residing adults with heart failure. Heart & Lung 2017; 46:54-60. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2016.09.002.

Overbaugh, KJ. Acute Coronary Syndrome. American Journal of Nursing 2009; 109(5): 42-52.

Book Chapters

Overbaugh, K. J. (2018). Assessment of Respiratory Function. In J. Hinkle & K. Cheever (Eds.) Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing (14th edition). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Overbaugh, K. J. (2013). Assessment of Respiratory Function. In J. Hinkle & K. Cheever (Eds.) Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing (13th edition). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Poster Presentations

Molidor S, Overbaugh K, James D, White C. Palliative Care and Stroke: An Integrative Review of the Literature; 2018 Mar. (Poster presented at Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, Boston, MA).

Overbaugh K, White C, Zaragoza G, Walker T, Ortiz N, Hernandez L. CARES: A Rural Community Partnership to Address the Health of Family Caregivers; 2017 Sept. (Poster presented at Community Engagement and Healthcare Improvement Conference, San Antonio, TX).

White CL, Pickering CEZ, Overbaugh KJ, Piernik-Yoder B, Puga F, Patel DL, Ford LA, James D, Cleveland, J. Advancing Care for the Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Community and Caregiver Partnerships; 2017 Jun. (Poster presented at the San Antonio Military Health System and Universities Research Forum (SURF), San Antonio, TX).

Pickering CEZ, Overbaugh KJ, Piernik-Yoder B, Puga F, Patel DL, Ford LA, White CL. Developing the Caring for the Caregiver Program for the San Antonio Community; 2017 May. (Poster presented at the American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting, San Antonio, TX).

Overbaugh KJ, Healy J, Robinson P, Amdur S. Inpatient Palliative Care in Heart Failure: A Snapshot of Current Practice; 2017 April. (Poster presented at Western Institute of Nursing Research, Denver, CO).

Borgfeld J, Overbaugh KJ, Alvarado L. Integrating Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning into Chronic Disease Management; 2016 Sept. (Poster presented at Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Clinical Practice Forum, Pittsburgh, PA).

Overbaugh KJ, Parshall MB, Haozous EA, Boursaw B, Decker I. Personal Growth, Symptom Burden, and Uncertainty in Heart Failure; 2016 Mar. (Poster presented at American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL).

Amdur S, Overbaugh KJ, Sanchez-Reilly S. “You’re Killing your Father!” Overpromising and Underdelivering for the Family of a Dying Patient; 2016 Mar. (Poster presented at American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL).

Overbaugh KJ, Parshall MB, Haozous EA, Boursaw B, Decker I. Exploring Personal Growth in Individuals Living with Heart Failure; 2014 April. (Poster presented at Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Seattle, WA).

Overbaugh KJ, Lobo M. Differences in Family Caregiving: with and without Palliative Care Support; 2013 April. (Poster presented at Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Anaheim, CA).

Podium Presentations

Overbaugh KJ. White CLOrtiz, N, Hernandez ML, Zaragoza G, Walker T. Update on CARES: A Rural Community Partnership to Address the Health of Family Caregivers; 2017 Aug. Invited speaker, Community Health Advisory Board Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Overbaugh KJ. White CLOrtiz, N, Hernandez ML, Zaragoza G, Walker T. Overview of CARES: A Rural Community Partnership to Address the Health of Family Caregivers; 2017 Feb. Invited speaker, Mujeres West Community Meeting, San Antonio, TX).

Overbaugh KJ & Paparelli V. Optimal Heart Failure Care: Integrating Palliative Care into Standard Heart Failure Management; 2016 July. Invited speaker 6th Annual Geriatric Conference Building Partnerships for Geriatric Care, Theme: Ensuring Optimal Palliative Care: Together We Can Make a Difference, San Antonio, TX.

Overbaugh KJ. Differences in Family Caregiving: with and without Palliative Care Support; 2015 Aug. Research round table presentation at Mixed Methods International Research Association Regional Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Overbaugh KJ, Parshall MB, Haozous EA, Boursaw B, Decker I. Exploring Personal Growth in Individuals Living with Heart Failure; 2015 April. Presentation at Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Kathleen H. Neumeister, MSN, R.N.

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Kathleen Neumeister received her BSN from Holy Family College (now Holy Family University) in 1986 and  her MSN in 1993 from La Salle College (now La Salle University).  She also received her school nurse certificate from Widener University in 2000. In 2003, she started working as adjunct instructor for La Salle and was hired as a full-time clinical faculty member in September, 2006. She has taught a variety of clinicals including Pediatrics, Public Health, Fundamentals, Medical-Surgical, and Maternity. Through the support of Project Hope, in 1990 Neumeister had the opportunity to teach Rehabilitation Nursing in Yerevan, Armenia for three months after the country experienced a devastating earthquake. Prior to joining the faculty at La Salle, she was a nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children for 20 years and a nurse consultant for SPIN, Inc.

Areas of Expertise

Pediatrics and Public Health


MSN, La Salle University
BSN, Holy Family University


Certified School Nurse, Widener University


Pediatric clinical
Public Health clinical
Nursing Fundamentals clinical

Kathleen Monforto, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kathleen Monforto joined the faculty at La Salle University in August 2018. Her clinical expertise is pediatrics. Prior to coming to La Salle University, Dr. Monforto worked at a quaternary, not-for-profit, free-standing children’s hospital for 17 years. At this institution, Dr. Monforto worked in a variety of nursing roles such as a clinical nurse, charge nurse, preceptor, orientation coordinator, clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse expert, education nurse specialist, and clinical instructor. Dr. Monforto’s doctoral dissertation stemmed from her nursing experience working the weekend incentive program.

Dr. Monforto’s passion for education was exemplified early in her career when she began precepting new nurses and teaching in the hospital-wide orientation classes, preceptor workshop, and nurse residency programs. Immediately prior to coming to La Salle University, Dr. Monforto was a nursing professional development specialist. She planned, implemented, and evaluated many educational programs, especially for nursing orientation, at the institution. Dr. Monforto ensured compliance with the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) educational design process and accreditation criteria as the primary nurse planner for continuing nursing education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatrics
  • Nursing Professional Development


  • Villanova University, College of Nursing Graduate Program; September 2017; PhD in Nursing;Dissertation: A Comparison of Outcomes in Patients with Common Pediatric Diagnoses Admitted on Weekends to Those Admitted on Weekdays
  • Villanova University, College of Nursing Graduate Program; December 2007; Post Master’s, Nursing: Nursing Education
  • Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; December 2000; Masters of Science, Nursing: Integrated Health Systems: Clinical Care Coordination
  • Georgetown University, School of Nursing; May 1999; Bachelor of Science, Nursing


  • Certified Pediatric Nurse
  • Certified in Nursing Professional Development
  • American Heart Association: Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization Instructor
  • American Heart Association: Basic Life Support Instructor


  • NUR 202 Health Assessment Lab
  • NUR 423 Public Health/Vulnerable Populations Clinical Instructor
  • NUR 332 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • NUR 335 Family Nursing: Childrearing Families
  • NUR 334 Genetics and Genomics


  • Monforto, K.  (2017). A Comparison of Outcomes in Patients with Common Pediatric Diagnoses Admitted on Weekends to Those Admitted on Weekdays (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (Number 10608577).
  • Agosto, P., Cieplinski, J.A., Monforto, K., Griffin, M.D., Roberts, K.E., Tracy, E., & Hickerson, K.A. (2017). The central staffing office intensive care nurse residency program: A pilot program. Nursing Economics, 35(3), 147-150.
  • Monforto, K., Figueroa-Altmann, A., Stevens, C., Thiele, K., & Ely, E. (2012). Time changes for scheduled nursing assessments: Impact on clinical decisions and patient discharge. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 26-33.


  • Monforto, K., Lebet, R., Perkel, M, Wildes, R., Rust, D., King, K.,… O’Brien, A  (2018, September).  From Siloed to Centralized: An Outcome Focused Critical Care Orientation Program.  Poster session presented at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 2018 Poster Session, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Donner, C., Monforto, K., McCloskey, M., Cockerham, J., Vizy, M., Sesko, L. (2018, October).  Two Phases to Safety: An Orientation Journey.  Poster session to be presented at the 15thAnnual Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference presented by Nursing of Children Network, Local Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Wilmington, DE.

Memberships and Organizations Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Association for Nursing Professional Development
  • National League of Nursing
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
    • Continuing Education (CE) Reviewer
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses
    • 2017-2018 Member of the Program Planning Committee

Cynthia A. McGovern, MSN, R.N.

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Cynthia McGovern received her BSN from Holy Family University in 1985 and her MSN from La Salle University in 1993. In 2004 she was hired as an adjunct faculty member at La Salle and in 2006 joined the full-time clinical faculty. She has taught a variety of clinical courses including Pediatrics, Public Health, Fundamentals, and Maternity.

Outside of teaching, McGovern is actively working with The Seeing Eye Puppy- Raising Project, whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of seeing eye dogs. She has just completed raising her first puppy.

Areas of Expertise

Public Health


MSN, LaSalle University
BSN, Holy Family University


Pediatrics clinical
Public Health clinical
Nursing Fundamental clinical

Dolores Matecki, Ed.D., MSN, R.N.

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Dolores (Dee) Matecki received a diploma as a graduate nurse in 1979 from Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing. She received her BSN from Holy Family University in 1983 and a MSN in Burns, Emergency and Trauma from Widener University in 1987. She plans on completing an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 2013.

Upon graduation in 1979, Dolores Matecki was an ICU nurse and has been an ER nurse for the last 30 years. She is currently practicing at Temple Episcopal Emergency Room, and is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association. For the past 11 years, she has taught at Philadelphia Community College, Widener University, Penn State University, and La Salle. She teaches Introduction to Professional Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, and Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Courtney Maloney, MSN, RN

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Courtney Maloney, MSN, RN graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with her BSN in 2003 and her MSN in Nursing and Healthcare Administration in 2011. Her clinical background includes medical surgical and perianesthesia nursing at Penn Medicine. Prior to joining LaSalle University, Courtney worked as the Director of Nursing Professional Practice at Penn Medicine-Pennsylvania Hospital. In that role, she served as the Magnet Program Director and led Pennsylvania Hospital through its first Magnet designation. Courtney has also served as the Director of Nursing Quality, Patient and Guest Relations and Volunteer Services. She has expertise in change management, clinical education, and quality improvement. She has published and presented at many national and local conferences on various topics

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Peri-anesthesia Nursing
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Quality Improvement


University of Pennsylvania
Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 2003

University of Pennsylvania
Wharton Program for Working Professionals
Certificate in Human Resource Management, 2011

University of Pennsylvania
Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nursing and Health Care Administration, 2011


Nurs 202 Health Assessment
Nurl 331- Adult Health Clinica


Hatfield, L., Pearce, M., DelGuidice, M., Cassidy, C., Samoyan, J., Polomano, R., (2013). The professional appearance of registered nurses; an integrative review of peer-refereed studies. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 43 (2) 108-112

Pearce, M., DelGuidice, M., Kinsey, A., Knight G., Cassidy, C., Farrell K., Hatfield, L., (2014). Color coding nurse uniforms. Nursing Management, 45 (3) 14-20

Reich, J., Farrell, K., Maloney, C., Drayton, D., & Johnson, T (2017) Published ahead of print.  Decreasing falls with injury rates: development of a support staff falls advocate program.  Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 32(2) p 40-46

Reich, J., & Maloney, C., (2017)Get your head into the cloud. American Nurse Today, 12 (9) p 74-76


Podium Presentations

Boxer, B., Cassidy, C., Farrell, K. (2014, May) Knowledge is Power: A Standardized Method to Educate Clinical Nurses on Quality Data. Quality and Safety Education for Nurses. 2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum.

Farrell, K., Reich, J., & Maloney, C. (May, 2015).  Increasing Teamwork and Collaboration among Clinical Nurses and Nursing Support Staff to Improve Patient Safety. Podium presentation at the 2015 QSEN national forum, San Diego CA

Reich, J., & Maloney, C. (October 2017).  Get your head into the cloud. Utilizing technology to streamline the magnet document submission process. Podium presentation at the 2017 ANCC Magnet Conference, Houston Texas

Accepted for Podium Presentation

Maloney, C. & Ruggiero, J. (October 2019) Engaging Nurses in Strategic Planning: Execution Through Autonomy. Podium presentation at the 2019 ANCC Magnet Conference, Orlando Florida

Poster Presentations

Hatfield, L., Del Guidice, M., Maloney, C., Kinzey, A., Knight, G., Pearce, M. (October 2015)  Does a Standardized Uniform Style and Color Influence the Professional Status of Registered Nurses? 2015 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 2015 Annual Research Conference.

Reich, J., Farrell, K., Cassidy, C., Coughlan, A., Maguire, P., Drayton, D., Johnson, T., & Del Guidice, M. Falls Advocates: An Innovating Strategy to Elevate Nursing Support Staff and Improve Patient Outcomes.  Poster presented at the 2015 AMSN national convention, Las Vegas Nevada.

Hatfield, L.A., Lowenthal, M.M., Cassidy, C., Del Guidice, M. (February 2013). Does a Standardized Uniform Style and Color Influence the Professional Status of Registered Nurses.  Poster presented at  2013 American Nurses Association Nursing Quality Conference, Atlanta Georgia.

Del Guidice, M., Farrell, K., Maloney, C., Reich, J., Vanek, F., (March 2017) Development of an Innovative Team to Facilitate Nursing Excellence.  Poster presented at the 2017 AONE national convention, Baltimore Maryland.

Del Guidice, M., Farrell, K., Maloney, C., Reich, J., Vanek, F., (October 2017) Development of an Innovative Team to Facilitate Nursing Excellence.  Poster presented at the 2017 ANCC Magnet Conference , Houston Texas.

Rita Ann Laske, Ed.D., R.N., CNE

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Dr. Rita Ann Laske joined the faculty at La Salle in the fall of 2013. For five years previously, she taught undergraduate nursing at another university.  She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years working in school nursing, camp nursing, critical care,  the operating room, and case management.

As a nurse educator, Dr. Laske is interested in adult health nursing and NCLEX preparation. Her previous teaching experience has focused on adult health nursing in both the classroom and clinical areas. She loves preparing students for NCLEX licensure exam and welcomes the challenge of coaching students in their preparation for this exam.

Areas of Expertise

Adult health
NCLEX preparation


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Delaware
Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, Temple University
MSN with concentration in Community Health Nursing, The Catholic University of America
BSN, Virginia Commonwealth University


Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League of Nursing
Certification in School Nursing, Immaculata University


NUR 307
NUR 412
NUR 417


Jane Kurz, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kurz joined the SONHS faculty as chair for the undergraduate nursing program in January 2015. She has previously served as department chair and as an associate dean at Temple University. Her commitment to teaching nursing students is evidenced by her many years in the classroom and critical care clinical areas with several institutions, e.g., Temple University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Holy Family University, and Delaware State University. She received several training grants from the Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that benefited graduate nursing students and scholarship grants from Independence Blue Cross that helped undergraduate students. Funders for her research include the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association, HRSA, the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, and Temple University’s Dean’s Internal Grants.

Dr. Kurz’ publications and presentations have addressed many topics, such as end-of-life education program evaluations, student learning, medical-surgical nursing, international nursing, organ donation, and families’ involvement with heart-lung transplantation. She is a regular reviewer for Journal of Cardiovascular NursingJournal of Family Nursing, Journal of Pediatric NursingMedical Economics, and Medical Science Monitor. Her international work includes two USAID sponsored trips to the Ukraine to address expanding the nursing roles in community settings and the 2014 Nightingale London trip with students to explore the historical and current health care system in England.

She has been a member of the Second Wind National Lung Transplant Association since 1997 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. She is also an active member of American Nurses Association (ANA), Delaware Nurses Association (DNA), Sigma Theta Tau, and the National Council of Family Relations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Interdisciplinary theory
  • Evidence-based practice research
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Families & chronic illness


  • Ph.D., Family Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • MSN, Burns, Emergency and Trauma Nursing, Widener University, Chester, PA
  • BSN, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA


  • EBP Nursing Research for Undergraduates
  • Pharmacology for UG students
  • EBP Nursing Research for Graduate Students
  • Family Theory and Assessment in Clinical Practice (graduate)
  • Systems Theory & Change Theory for Health Professionals
  • Cultural Competency for Health Professionals


Kurz, J. (2014). Impact of organ donation education on US undergraduate nursing students. Progress in Transplantation, 24, 2, 1-7.

Kurz, J. (August 2014). Book review: Gift of lie: The reality behind organ retrieval. Second Wind: Airways, 23 (3), 1-3.

Kurz, J. (July 2013). Leading a normal life: the story of Stan & Linda.  Second Wind: Airways, 21 (4), 1-3.

Kurz, J. (March 2013). Social support for transplant families. Second Wind: Airways, 21 (1), 1-3.

Kurz, J. (January 2013). Considering pregnancy after a lung transplant. Second Wind: Airways, 21 (1), 3-9.

Kurz, J. (2012). Older adolescents’ experiences living with a parent who is a transplant patient. Progress in Transplantation, 22, 244-251.

Patterson, F., Wileyto, E., Segal, J., Kurz, J., Glanz, L., & Hanlon. A. (2010). Intention to quit smoking: Role of personal and family member cancer diagnosis. Health Education Research, 25, 792-802.

Kurz, J. (May, 2007). Ethics and research: The blind review process. The DNA Reporter, 32 (2), 14.

Kurz, J. & Hayes, E. (2006). End of life issues in action: Impact of education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. (an on-line journal).


Kurz, J. (2011). Death: Ambiguous feelings related to loss. In Martha Craft-Rosenberg (ed), Encyclopedia of Family Health, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Kurz, J. & Shepard, M. (2005). Families and chronic illness across the lifespan. In S.Hanson, V. Gedaly-Duffy & J. Kaakinen (eds). Family Health Nursing: Theory, Practice & Research (Chapter 16). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.


Kurz, J. (July 23, 2015). Pregnancy after solid organ transplantation. Paper presentation at Sigma Theta Tau, 26 th International Research Congress. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kurz, J. (November 13, 2014). Reproductive Decision-making after solid organ transplantation: Preliminary findings. Paper presentation at Sixth Evidence-based Practice Conference. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Kurz, J. & Kurz, F. (October 29, 2010). Evidence Based Practice: Diagnosis and treatment of Clients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Presenter at Delaware State Nurses Association 2010 Fall Conference. Dover, DE.

Schaefer, K. & Kurz, J. (May 4-6, 2006). Outcomes of students’ professional development. (poster presentation). Fourteenth Annual Primary Care of the Underserved Conference. Philadelphia, PA

Kurz, J. (July 21, 2006). Impact of parental transplant status on older adolescents: a qualitative study. (Paper presentation). Sigma Theta Tau 17th International Nursing Research Congress. Montreal, Canada.

Kurz, J. (November 20, 2004). Impact of Parents’ Genetic Emphysema: Parents and Adolescents’ Congruency. (poster presentation). National Council of Family Relations Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.


Green, J. (executive programmer). (2006, November). In Focus with Steve Highsmith: The Nursing Shortage. (Television Broadcast) Philadelphia: WCAU & PHL17 Broadcasting.

Honors, Awards

  • 2014 St. Hubert High School, Alumni Hall of Fame.
  • 2011 Holy Family University Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award
  • 2009-2010 Temple University International Educators’ Academy
  • 2003-2004 Leadership Fellow in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs

Frances Di Anna Kinder, Ph.D., R.N., CPNP

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Dr. Kinder graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1980 and decided to go back for her BSN as a working adult several years after practicing as an R.N., where she had worked in the neonatal-intensive care unit and various newborn nursery units in the area. She completed her BSN at La Salle in the R.N.-BSN program and then decided to attend Gwynedd-Mercy College for her MSN to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  Practicing as a PNP in the Bucks County area, she teaches pediatrics for the undergraduate and graduate programs at La Salle. She enjoys teaching leadership and public health. Dr. Kinder finished her Ph.D. in nursing at Widener University. Her dissertation explored parent satisfaction with PNP care and the intent to adhere to health regimen.

Her experience includes maternal/ child health and the neonatal intensive care.  She has worked as a transport team nurse, assistant nurse manager, preceptor, and supervisor.  She has also practiced in the acute care and community settings and has precept nurse practitioner students, remaining active in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners organization and American Academy of Pediatrics.  In her classroom, she enjoys bringing clinical case studies and teaching the future generation of professional nurses.  Outside of La Salle, she serves as a Eucharistic Minister in her church and volunteers in her community.

Areas of Expertise

Primary care
High risk infants


Ph.D., Widener University, 2012
MSN, Gwynedd- Mercy College, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 1997
BSN, La Salle University, 1993
AA in Nursing, Felician College, 1980


National Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Advanced Life Support


Undergraduate Nursing

Pediatrics, Clinical Coordinator
Leadership and Management
Public Health clinical
Health Assessment

Graduate Nursing

R.N.-BSN program
Family Nurse Practitioner program


Kinder, F. (2012) Parents’ Perception of Satisfaction of Primary Care Pediatric Nurse

Practitioner Care and Parental Intent to Adhere to Recommended Health Care

Regimen. Doctoral Dissertation. Widener University.

Kinder, F. (2006). Pediatric nursing: Nurse practitioner provides holistic care for the

entire family. Pennsylvania Nurse, 61(1), 23.


Kinder, F. (2012) Patient Satisfaction with Nurse Practitioners- A Conceptual Analysis

Poster Presentation, March 2012- National Association of Pediatric Nurse


Kinder, F. (2012) Parents’ Perception of Satisfaction with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Care Instrument Poster Presentation, March 2012- National Association of Pediatric

Nurse Practitioners

Kinder, F. (2010). Patient Satisfaction with Nurse Practitioners – A Conceptual Analysis

Poster Presentation, March 2010 – Eastern Research Nursing Conference

Honors, Awards

Independence Blue Cross Faculty Doctoral Fellow- Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, and Spring 2009

Independence Blue Cross Nurse Scholars Program award – Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, and Spring 2011, Widener University