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Ursuline College announces new Dean of the Breen School of Nursing

June 13, 2014

Ursuline welcomes seasoned nursing administrator Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, as the College’s new Dean of the Breen School of Nursing. Sharpnack will begin her position in July.

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to contribute to the high standards, creative and relevant approaches to nursing education and furthering the academic partnerships that are the hallmarks of The Breen School of Nursing. I am honored to be able to contribute to the excellent legacy of this College and school of nursing,” Sharpnack said.

A resident of Chardon, Sharpnack has worked at the College since 2006, becoming Associate Dean of the Breen School in 2011. After eight-years without a nurse educator as a Board member, Gov. John Kasich appointed her to the Ohio Board of Nursing in February 2014. Sharpnack is the first member with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to serve in this capacity.

"Patricia Sharpnack brings to her deanship a wealth of both practical and academic experience. She is a seasoned administrator and an outstanding teacher and scholar. I fully expect that the quality and vision for which The Breen School of Nursing has been known will continue to flourish under her leadership. 2014-2015 will be an exciting year for the School and Ursuline College as a whole," JoAnne Podis, Ph.D., Ursuline College Vice President for Academic Affairs, said.

Sharpnack was also recently inducted as a Fellow into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. Sharpnack joins the academy’s 169 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States. 

“The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to prepare the numbers of excellent nurse educators we need if we are to eliminate the shortage of nurses plaguing America’s health care institutions,” Beverly Malone, NLN, CEO, said.

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