Sacred Heart names new nursing school director


Mary Alice Donius (Tracey Deer-Mirek photo)

The College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University has named Mary Alice Donius director of the School of Nursing.

A resident of Scarborough, N.Y., Donius previously served as associate professor in the School of Nursing at the College of New Rochelle, where she was dean for seven years. Her prior experience includes director of medical center education for Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Dr. Donius’ experience in this role,” said Patricia Walker, dean of the College of Health Professions. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I have every confidence that she will continue our legacy of preparing top nurse leaders for a lifetime of success.”

A graduate of D’Youville College with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Donius holds a master of education and doctor of education from Columbia University Teachers College, and a post-master’s certificate in holistic nursing from The College of New Rochelle.

Her previous experience also includes a faculty practice at Sound Shore Medical Center and clinician and educator positions in a variety of hospital settings and at the Columbia University School of Nursing, where she was director of the undergraduate program.

Her research interests include the development of an attitude scale to measure caring as a three-dimensional construct of compassion, empathy and altruism and the design and implementation of a caring-healing nursing practice model intended to increase patient satisfaction and support nursing recruitment and retention.

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