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Meet the New Nursing Faculty

The Nursing Division has been augmented with the addition of two faculty members, Christine Beck and Colleen Sweeney.

Christine Beck 
 
Christine Beck, assistant professor of nursing, came to Notre Dame College from Cuyahoga Community College last August, where she was an instructor. She currently teaches Gerontology and the transitions course for the R.N. to B.S.N. program.

Beck’s professional nursing experience includes medical surgical staff nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, and case manager with University Hospitals‚ Home Health Team where she developed her love of community health nursing.

She earned her Master of Science in Nursing at Case Western Reserve University as well as an M.A. in medical anthropology and a post-master’s certificate for nurse practitioner. “The advanced nursing degree allows me to diagnose and treat common illnesses and prescribe medication,” Beck said.

Currently she is enrolled in the online Ph.D. in nursing program of the University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

At Cuyahoga Community College, Beck developed the curriculum for its community health nursing program which developed community-based initiatives such as the Healthy Neighborhood Partnership.

In her new role as assistant professor of nursing at Notre Dame, she is already involving her students with practical experience in community nursing. Her gerontology students have worked with the Public Health Department’s Department of Aging. “Students are seeing some of the frailest of the city’s aging population,” she said. Other students are assisting with Project H.O.P.E., a program for the homeless at St. Phillip Neri in Cleveland.

Colleen Sweeney

Dr. Colleen Sweeney is no stranger to Notre Dame College, having been on the WECO faculty since 2000. She joined the College’s Nursing Division in January, 2007 as a full-time faculty member.

Sweeney attended St. Vincent Charity Nursing School and holds a B.S.N. from Kent State University. She has 10 years of nursing experience in the field of neonatology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins and Huron Hospital. At Huron, she also conducted educational programming for women in the family maternity center.

She holds a Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics from Loyola University in Chicago where she taught Social and Political Philosophy and Health Care Ethics.

In addition to her nursing credentials, Sweeney has a juris doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. After earning her J.D., she worked as a public defender in New York City. According to Sweeney, “It may seem odd, but there are many parallels between being a public defender and being a nurse since both represent the indigent.”

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Sweeney is developing the curriculum the B.S.N. program. “Diane Jedlicka was able to get the whole curriculum approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. Now we are fine-tuning it so that our mission statement can be seen at every level of the program.”