Laurie Nagelsmith, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Joins School of Nursing as Associate Dean; Nursing Programs Continue to Grow

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer, Office of Communications and Government Relations

February 5, 2014

Laurie Nagelsmith, Ph.D., RN, CNEWith health care projected to be one of the fastest growing and dynamic fields of employment during the coming decades, Empire State College’s School of Nursing continues to grow. In 2008, the college introduced the RN to B.S. in Nursing, followed by a master’s degree program in nurse education, enrolling its first cohort of 30 students this month. The nursing program now enrolls 1,150 nursing students and there are 108 graduates to date.

Reflective of the growth, the college recently appointed several new staff to the school, including an associate dean, Laurie Nagelsmith, at left, who joined the college from Excelsior School of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years and a nurse educator for more than 14 years. Prior to joining the college, she served in a variety of leadership roles at Excelsior College School of Nursing from 1999-2013, most recently as associate dean for regulatory and governmental affairs.

“I have such a passion for helping adult students meet their educational and professional goals and SUNY Empire State College is exactly where I can do just that,” says Nagelsmith. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the students, faculty and staff. Our nursing students come with a wealth of knowledge that they build on as they engage in their course work and clinical requirements. The impressive team of faculty and staff are so committed to helping each student grow personally and professionally – it is truly a pleasure to be part of the SUNY Empire State College community.”

Nagelsmith earned a doctoral degree in educational psychology and methodology from the University at Albany, a master’s degree in nursing from The Sage Colleges, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) and a diploma in nursing from Albany Medical Center School of Nursing. She also holds certification as a nurse educator from the National League for Nursing. Her areas of expertise are competency-based education, clinical performance assessment, public policy and the regulation of nursing education, community health nursing and health assessment. Her areas of research have focused on adults in nontraditional learning environments and assessment and measurement of clinical competence.

Recently, Nagelsmith was elected to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s (STTI) board of directors as secretary. She also is an active member of the Tau Kappa Chapter of STTI, North American Region 14 and is serving as chapter president. She is a member of the American Nurses’ Association, the National League for Nursing, the American Assembly for Men in Nursing and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Currently, she is serving on the American Nurses’ Association ethics code revision advisory committee.

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