Deborah Greenawald

Img: Deborah GreenawaldAbout the Presenter

Deborah A. Greenawald, Ph.D., RN, PA-CSN, has been an assistant professor of nursing at Alvernia University since 2004.

Dr. Greenawald’s presentation grows out of two areas of scholarly interest—the use of reflective learning to connect theory with practice and the use of literature to enhance understanding of professional knowledge.

Her doctoral dissertation, “Understanding Reflection from the Perspectives of Baccalaureate Nursing Students,” was defended at Widener University in 2010, and she is currently working on several publications related to this research.

Dr. Greenawald is a regular contributor to the journal NASN School Nurse, for which she writes reviews of books, both fiction and non-fiction, which are relevant to school health practice and, therefore, useful for school nurse book clubs.

With her colleague, Theresa M. Adams, assistant professor of nursing, she has published and presented at national conferences on the topic of using literature as a continuing education strategy for school nurses and other healthcare and education professionals.

Dr. Greenawald holds a degree in nursing from George Mason University as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Bucknell University and is a veteran of the United States Navy Band.

Within the nursing department, she has promoted the incorporation of appropriate literature, both historic and current, into specific nursing coursework and is a strong proponent of using literature and reflection to promote the development of critical thinking skills and lifelong learning among her students and colleagues.

This event part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia

Start Date: 10/19/2011 1:45 pm
End Date: 10/19/2011 3:00 pm
Location: Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall
Price: Free
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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