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July 12, 2019 - King’s College has formed an external nursing advisory board comprised of 14 regional health care professionals in response to the changes and challenges in health care education. The advisory board will discuss community related topics to gain a better understanding of the needs of regional healthcare facilities, like hospitals, long-term care and community agencies. Based on the changes, members will offer input into the curriculum of the new RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program and 1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing partnership with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC).

“The health care professionals who have volunteered to be on the board bring years of experience from varied backgrounds in clinical agencies or academia. King’s faculty members hope to gain insight into what is needed in the new curriculum to better prepare BSN nurses for professional practice and to make the transition to the BSN as seamless as possible,” according to Dr Cynthia Mailloux, chair and professor of nursing at King’s. “The responsibilities of nurses today continue to grow, and we want our nurses to be prepared for leadership and management roles in practice.”

Members of the nursing advisory board are Megan Walbeck, DNP, MSN, RN, Associate Vice President Nursing Services, Geisinger Northeast;  Anita Baldoni, MSN, RN, Nurse Residency Coordinator, Geisinger Northeast; Lindsay Ford, DNP, RN, Director, Nursing Education and Magnet Program, Geisinger Northeast; Melinda Torbik-Belleman, MS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Regional Hospital Scranton; Gail Holby, Director, W-B Area Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program; Joseph Pistack, MS, Ed., Assistant Director, W-B Area Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program; Sharon Matylewicz, Senior Resource/Wellness Coordinator, Jewish Community Center; Patricia Seliga, MSN RN NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Moses Taylor Hospital; Susan Lewis, APRN, ACCNS, Chief, Staff Development, Veterans Administration; and Warren Shotto, RN, BSN Chief Nursing Officer, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

King’s faculty members on the Advisory Board are Cynthia Mailloux PhD, RN, CNE, chairperson King’s Department of Nursing; and Julie Murphy, PhD, RN, director of King’s RN to BSN program;

Deborah Vilegi-Payne, PhD, RN, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, LCCC; and Laura Fowler, MSN, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing, LCC, are also members of the Advisory Board.