Nursing Faculty & Staff

Vera Brancato, Ed.D., MSN, RN

Professor of Nursing

Education Background

  • Ed.D.  (Higher Education Administration and Leadership) Widener University, Chester, PA
  • Master of Science in Nursing  (Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents) University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Representative Courses Taught

  • NUR 300 Professional Nursing Concepts & Theories
  • NUR 302 Professional Nursing II: Health Promotion
  • NUR 315 Nursing in Health and Illness II: Birth and Childhood to Adulthood
  • NUR 408 Introduction to Research Methods
  • NUR 417 Nursing Role Synthesis Practicum
  • NUR 642 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Practicum

 

Selected Publications

    • Brancato, V. (December 2011) "Your Voice, Your Association: Benefits of District Participation in a Professional Association" The Pennsylvania Nurse, 66 (4), pp. 22-24. (refereed)
    • Jefferson, W., Hartman, K., & Brancato, V. "Using Classroom Clicker Technology to Enhance Student Engagement" On-line HETS Educational Journal, October 2010 issue. (refereed)
    • Brancato, V. (2008) "100 Custom Case Studies" in M. Davidson, M. London, & Ladewig, P. Prentice Hall Nursing Custom Case Studies. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing. (refereed)
    • Brancato, V. (2008) Chapter 6, "Tailoring Teaching to the Learner." In B. A. Moyer & R. Wittmann-Price (Eds.), Nursing Education: Foundations for Practice Excellence (pp. 87-107). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company. (refereed) Chosen for the Book of the Year Award as the most valuable Nursing Education Textbook by the American Journal of Nursing 2007.
    • Brancato, V. (December 2007) "Psychological Empowerment and Use of Empowering Teaching Behaviors Among Baccalaureate Nursing Faculty" Journal of Nursing Education, 46 (12), pp. 537-544. (refereed)
    • Hogan, M.A., Glazebrook, R., Brancato, V., & Rogers, J.(2007). Maternal-Newborn Nursing: Reviews & Rationales, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc.
    • Hogan, M.A., White, J. E., Falkenstein, K., & Brancato, V. (2007). Child Health Nursing: Reviews & Rationales. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc.
    • Brancato, V. (September/October 2006) "An Innovative Clinical Practicum to Teach Evidence-based Practice" Nurse Educator, 31 (5), pp. 195-199. (refereed)
    • Brancato, V., Ihlenfeld, J., & Mountain, C. (2006) Chapter 10, "Roles and Settings in Community Health Nursing." In J. Wissmann (Ed.) Community Health Nursing (RN Edition 4.0). (pp. 62-81). Overland Park, KS: ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC.) (refereed)
    • Brancato, V. (December 2005) "Improving Nurse-Physician Collaboration: A Health Care Imperative" The Pennsylvania Nurse, 60, (5), p. 23. (editorial review)
    • Brancato, V. (2005). Dermatologic Problems. In Pediatric Nursing Made Incredibly Easy (pp. 591-618). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins Publishers. (refereed)
    • Brancato, V. (Summer 2003). "Professional Development in Higher Education" In K.P. King & P.A. Lawler (Eds.), New Perspectives on Designing and Implementing Professional Development of Teachers of Adults. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, (pp. 59-65). no. 98. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (refereed)

     

    Selected Presentations

    • "Developing an Educational Clinical Practicum to Assist in Translating Evidence-Based Research into Practice to Improve Patient Care in a Tertiary-Care Magnet Hospital" a poster presentation at The Pennsylvania State Nurses' Association Summit 2011, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA (October 28, 2011). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "Qualitative Methods in Action" a three-hour workshop with Dr. Lynn Detrick at the Annual Nursing Research Day, Lehigh Valley Health Network (October 4, 2010). (Invited).
    • "Nursing Faculties' Use of Empowering Teaching Strategies in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs," 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice, Vienna, Austria (July 13, 2007). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "Evidence-Based Practice: Strategies to Educate Future Nurses," 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice, Vienna, Austria (July 12, 2007). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "A Clinical Practicum to Translate Evidence-Based Practice into Reality" 17th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice, Montreal, Canada (July 21, 2006). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "An Educational Strategy to Enhance the Translation of Evidence into Practice," Third International Evidence-Based Practice Pre-conference, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Hawaii (July 13, 2005). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "Bridging the Gap Between Evidence-Based Nursing Theory and Practice," Third International Evidence-Based Practice Pre-conference, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Hawaii, (July 13, 2005). (Peer-reviewed)
    • "Qualitative Research on a Clinical Practicum to Support Evidence-Based Nursing," 2004 Annual Summit for the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, Hershey, PA. (October 21-23, 2004). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "Development of a Clinical Practicum to Support Evidence-Based Nursing," Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Dublin, Ireland (July 21, 2004). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "Empowering Teaching Strategies: The Relevance to Nursing Faculty and Registered Nurses," The American Nurses Association's Biennial Continuing Education Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 27-29, 2004). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "The Relationship of Nursing Faculties' Psychological Empowerment and Their Use of Empowering Teaching Behaviors in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs," 13th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society & The Royal College of Nursing, Australia, (July 24-26, 2002). (Peer-reviewed).
    • "Nurse Education and Teaching Strategies," at the Clinical Nurse Specialist Symposium, England, (May 22, 2002). (Invited).
    • "The Relationship of Nursing Faculties' Psychological Empowerment and Their Use of Empowering Teaching Behaviors in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs," The Fourteenth Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, State College, PA. (March 22, 2002). (Peer-reviewed).

     

    Areas of Interest

    • Nursing Research, Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal-Child Health, School Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Nursing Education, International Health Care, Leadership, Higher Education, Advising

Contact Information

Vera Brancato

Vera C. Brancato, Ed.D., MSN, RN
Professor of Nursing

     Bernardine Hall, Room 116G
     Phone: 610.790.1958
     vera.brancato@alvernia.edu




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