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Carol A. Heald Amann

  • Assistant Professor
    Villa Maria School of Nursing

Hello and welcome to my faculty page :)

I am currently an Assistant Professor for the Villa Maria School of Nursing. Prior to becoming an educator I have worked in a variety of settings as a nurse...that is the beauty of our profession, it can and does lead you into a myriad of career paths! During my Masters preparation it became more and more evident that teaching in a professional nursing program was to be my destiny, which led me to my current position at Gannon University. This journey culminated with the attainment of a PhD in Nursing Education and Administration. 

I have varied hobbies, and it includes travel, and spending time with my 2 children. American History, Military History, and Health Policy are my true untold passions. Somehow, even in my healthcare/nursing lectures I can always find a way to inject a little history and health policy!

So welcome to Gannon University and if I can answer any questions please contact me.

Courses Taught

  • NURS 311      Health and Health Restoration of Older Adults (Theory and Clinical)
  • NURS 404      Nurse Power Politics
  • NURS 408      Management and Leadership in Nursing
  • NURS 420      Management and Leadership Strategies in Professional Nursing
  • GNURS 525   Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
  • DNURS 803   Leadership and Health Policy

Educational History

Degrees Completed:
  • Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK: Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing Education and Administration) Highest Honors
  • Gannon University, Erie, PA: Master of Science in Nursing (Administration Option)
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA: Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Highest Distinction
  • Villa Maria College, Erie, PA: Associate Degree in Nursing
  • United States Army Health Service Command: Advanced Combat Medic

Honor Societies

  • Fellow: National Gerontological Nurses Association
  • Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International: Eta Xi, Beta Sigma Chapter
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Professional Societies

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives: Political Action Committee (PAC) Committee member
  • Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International: Eta Xi, Beta Sigma Chapter President Eta XI Chapter
  • National League of Nurses (NLN)
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) Item Writer
  • National Gerontological Nursing Association: Fellow
  • Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, Board of Trustees Member and Patient Choice Award Co-Chair and Reviewer
  • Northwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders: Chair, Legislation and Practice Chair/Chair
  • Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Action Coalition: The IOM report on The Future of Nursing; Co-Convener
  • Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders: Board Member: Legislation and Practice Committee Chair
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association: PA Action Coalition Co-Convener
  • Pennsylvania State University Nursing Alumni Association, Past Board Member and Chair: Communications
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Publications

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

Invited Speaker:

Amann, C. A. (2019). Nursing and legislation… the common denominator. Northwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Annual Conference. June 2019

Amann, C.A. (2017). Finding the light: Leadership self-awareness. Northwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Annual Conference. April 2017

Amann, C. A. (2016). Leading the way: A legislative primer for nurse leaders. Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Webinar. November 2016

Amann, C. A. (2016). The impact of health policy education on registered nurse’s political astuteness and involvement. Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Annual Conference. Gettysburg, PA. October 2016

Amann, C. A. (2016). Opening the door: Transitioning from the classroom to the real world. Northwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Annual Conference. April 2016

Amann, C. A. (2015). Using your voice…legislation and advocating for older adults. The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) and the National Gerontological Nurses Association (NGNA). December 2015.

Amann, C. A. (2014). Managing and caring for chronic pain. Erie County Bar Association: Workers Compensation Pain Seminar. October 2014. Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA.

Amann, C. A. (2014). Institute of medicine report: Where we are. Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Annual Pennsylvania Action Coalition. April 2014, Danville, PA.

Amann, C. A. (2014). We're not in Kansas anymore: Stories of the Oklahoma disaster. Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Xi Chapter Annual Induction Ceremony. April 2014, Erie, PA.

Amann, C. A., & Patterson, K. (2013). Institute of medicine (IOM) report: Increasing the number of doctoral prepared nurses by 2020. Hamot Heart Institute, Erie, PA

Amann, C.A. (2012). Panel participant. The mayor: A documentary of older adults in a retirement community. Jared Scheib, producer. Film Society of Northwest Pennsylvania, November 2012, Erie, PA.

Amann, C. A. (2012). Infusing geriatrics into nursing curriculum. Meridian Health NICHE Conference, June 2012, Long Branch, NJ.  

Amann, C. A. (2010). Political updates: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and federal review. Northwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders

Amann, C. A. (2009). Political updates: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and federal review. Northwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders

Amann, C. A. (2006). Nursing’s impact and presence. Nursing Convocation/Graduation: Pennsylvania State University, May 2006

Peer Reviewed Podium Presentations:

Amann, C.A. (2019). Connect. Collaborate. Catalyze. Health policy, political presence, and nursing…essential skills to positively impact healthcare. The Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Biennium Conference. November 2019, Washington, D.C.

Amann, C. A, (2019). Health policy/political immersion for undergraduate nursing students and beyond: a 21st century necessity. 2019 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing [ACEN] Conference. July 2019, Atlanta GA

Amann, C. A., & O’Toole-Baker, V. (2018). Multidisciplinary Care: Using a SIMPLE approach to promote team-based learning and patient safety. Nursing Education Research Conference [NERC]. National League of Nursing & Sigma Theta Tau International. April 2018, Washington, DC.

Amann, C.A, (2017). A phenomenological exploration: The impact of undergraduate health policy education. 44th Annual National Conference of Professional Nurse Educators. University of Pittsburgh. November 2017, Pittsburgh, PA

Amann, C. A. (2017). Undergraduate health policy education: Impacting the future of nursing. The Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Biennium Conference. October 2017, Indianapolis, IN

Amann, C. A. (2017). Exploration of the impact undergraduate health policy education had on nurses’ political astuteness and involvement. 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International. July 2017, Dublin, Ireland 

Lund, M., Gdanetz, L., Baker, V. Amann, C. A, Moreland, M. & Joy, D. (2017). Creation of a caring connection with freshman nursing students. International Association for Human Caring Conference, June 2017, Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Amann, C. A. (2016). The value of health policy education in undergraduate nursing curriculum. Baccalaureate Education Conference: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, November 2016, Anaheim, CA

Amann, C. A. (2016). Blending leadership and health policy: A successful marriage for doctor of nursing practice curriculum. Doctoral Education Conference: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, January 2016, Naples, FL

Amann, C. A. & Diener, E. (2015). International nurse's motivation and experiences in pursuing a master's degree in nursing in the united states. The Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Biennium Conference, November 2015, Las Vegas, NV

Amann, C. A. (2015). It takes a village: Protecting our older adults through a community of caring. National Gerontological Nursing Association Annual Conference, October 2015, Indianapolis, IN

Amann, C. A. (2014). Older adult nutrition: Corralling the community, harness your power. National Gerontological Nursing Association Annual Conference, October 2014, San Antonio, TX

Diener, E. & Amann, C. A. (2014). A phenomenological exploration of international nurse's motivation and experiences in pursuing a master's degree in nursing in the United States. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. May 2014, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL

Amann, C. A., Brieger, T., & Datte, C. (2013). Providing clear and effective communication to online students. Pennsylvania Communication Association Annual Convention, October 2013, Erie, PA

Amann, C. A. (2013). Personhood in dementia. National Gerontological Nursing Association Annual Conference, October 2013, Clearwater, FL

Amann, C. A., (2011). Geriatric education and clinical experiences for nursing students: A wellness perspective. National Gerontological Nursing Association Annual Conference, October 2011, Louisville, KY

Amann, C. A. (2008). Nursing advocacy and involvement in health policy: Speaking for our older adults. National Gerontological Nursing Association Annual Conference, November 2008, Albuquerque, NM

Peer Reviewed Poster Presentations:

Amann, C. A. & Lund, M. (2019). Impacting health and legislation through collaboration and interdisciplinary involvement. 2019 Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders [PONL] Leadership Conference. September 2019, Harrisburg, PA

Amann, C. A. (2019). Connect…collaborate…catalyze: Enhancing older adult nutrition from theory to practice. 30th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International. July 2019, Calgary, Alberta Canada

Amann, C. A. (2018). Navigating through a sea of change: Political immersion for undergraduate nursing students… a necessary skill set. American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN] Baccalaureate Education Conference. November 2018, New Orleans, LA

Amann, C. A. (2018).  Nurse leaders: Setting the course for political advancement. 2018 Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders [PONL] Leadership Conference. October 2018, Lancaster, PA

Amann, C. A. (2005). Political involvement of registered nurse leaders belonging to a professional leadership organization. American Organization of Nurse Executives [AONE], April 2006, Orlando, FL

Poster Presentations:

Amann, C. A. (2018). Social advocacy: Nursing and political involvement. Sigma Theta Tau International Eta Xi Chapter Annual Research Day. April 2018. Gannon University, Erie PA

Lund, M., Gdanetz, L., Baker, V. Amann, C. A, Moreland, M. & Joy, D. (2017). Creation of a caring connection with freshman nursing students. Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Xi Chapter Annual Research Day. Gannon University, April 2017, Erie, PA

PUBLICATIONS:

Amann, C. A. (2019-2021).  Nurses: Advocates for Health Policy and Political Involvement in the 21st Century (1st ed.) Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins [Contracted textbook]

Amann, C. A., & O’Toole-Baker, V. (2018). Multidisciplinary Care: Using a SIMPLE approach to promote team-based learning and patient safety. Virginia Henderson Repository, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Amann, C.A. (2018). Chapter 3: Legal and Ethical Issues. Meiner & Yeager. Gerontological Nursing (6th ed). Elsevier Mosby: Maryland Heights, Missouri

Amann, C. A. (2018). Chapter 5:  Cultural Influences. Meiner & Yeager. Gerontological Nursing (6th ed). Elsevier Mosby: Maryland Heights, Missouri

O’Toole-Baker, V., Amann, C. A., McElhaney, S., McCarthy, M., Carlson, J. (2017). Implementing an Undergraduate, Team-Based, First Aid Education Course. International Journal of First Aid Education. 1(1), Article 6.

Amann, C. A. (2017). Undergraduate health policy education: Impacting the future of nursing. Virginia Henderson Repository, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Amann, C. A. (2017). Exploration of the impact undergraduate health policy education had on nurses’ political astuteness and involvement. Virginia Henderson Repository, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Amann, C. A., Beck, J., Marconi, M., & Slater, L. (2016). Marquis, B., & Huston, C. (2015 -2016). Leadership Advisory Board. Online content and videos: Leadership roles and management functions in nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Amann, C. A. & Diener, E. (2015). International nurse's motivation and experiences in pursuing a master's degree in nursing in the united states. Virginia Henderson Repository, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Amann, C. A., & LeBlanc, R., (2014). Chapter 32: Caring across the continuum. Mauk (3rd ed.) Gerontological nursing: Competencies for care. Jones and Bartlett: Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Amann, C. A. (2013). Chapters 1-20: Clinical, Group, Web-based and Written Assignments.  Eliopoulos, C.: Gerontological nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

PEER REVIEWER:

Catalano, J. T. (2018). Nursing now! Today's issues, tomorrow's trends (8th ed). (Chapter 2: Historical perspectives). Philadelphia, PA, F. A. Davis Company.

Marquis, B., & Huston, C. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Eliopoulos, C. (2017). Gerontological nursing (8th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. Research and manuscript reviewer. (2015, 2016, 2017). Sage Publishing.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2015). Lippincott RN-BSN Online: Leadership and management. (Modules 3, 8, 9, and 11). Wolters Kluwer Health.

Catalano, J. T. (2014). Nursing now! Today's issues, tomorrow's trends (7th ed). (Chapter 18: The politically active nurse). Philadelphia, PA, F. A. Davis Company.

VSim for Gerontology (2014). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Marquis, B., & Huston, C. (2013). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

REVISION REVIEWER:

Marquis, B., & Huston, C. (2016). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Hood, L. J. (2015). Leddy & Pepper's conceptual bases of professional nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Marquis, B., & Huston, C. (2015). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Eliopoulos, C. (2014). Gerontological nursing (8th ed.) (Chapters 1-6). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Marquis, B. L. & Huston, C. J. (2014). Leadership and management tools for the new nurse: A case study approach. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Miller, C. (2014). Nursing for wellness in older adults (7th ed.). (Chapter 1: Seeing older adults through the eyes of wellness). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Miller, C. (2013). Nursing for wellness in older adults (7th ed.). (Chapter 4: Theoretical perspectives on aging well). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Heath, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

PROPOSAL REVIEWER:

Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. (2017). Geriatric Notes: Pocket guide designed for advanced practice nurses and physician assistants.

Wolters Kluwer Health. (2017). CoursePoint Issues and Trends.

RESEARCH:

Doctoral Dissertation: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Impact of Undergraduate Health Policy Education had on Registered Nurses Political Astuteness and Involvement 

Master’s Thesis: Political Involvement of Registered Nurse Leaders Belonging to a Professional Leadership Organization

McMaster for Evidence-Based Journals: Rater/reviewer of research articles related to Gerontology, Neurosciences, Cardiology, Orthopaedics and Infection Control throughout multiple disciplines 2009-Present.

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. Research and manuscript peer reviewer. (2015, 2016, 2017). Sage Publishing.

GRANTS:

Andrea R. Lindell, Ph.D. Villa Maria School of Nursing Social Change Impact Endowed Fund Grant 2019

Gannon University: Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences
? Interprofessional Research Teamwork (INTERACT): Simulation Research
? Graduate Assistant Research Grant 2017 – 2018

Arnold P. Gold White Coat Ceremony Grant 2016

Grant Contributor

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program:  Lake Erie Integrated Geriatric Health Team “Light” Grant. 2015 – 2019

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award, October 2019
  • Recipient of Mercy Hilltop Center, Inc, Eleanor Sivillo Honor Role Award, April 2017
  • Undergraduate Advisor of the Year. Gannon University, April 2017
  • Graduated with High Honors. Oklahoma City University, May 2016
  • Recipient of the Outstanding PhD Student Award. Oklahoma City University, May 2016
  • Recipient of the Academic Excellence PhD Student Award. Oklahoma City University, May 2016
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Service Award. Oklahoma City University, May 2016
  • Recipient of Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hilltop Center, Inc  Eleanor Sivillo Honor Role Award, March 22, 2011
  • Student Choice Speaker: Senior Graduate Reception 2009, 2010, 2011,Reinstated practice in 2017. Gannon University, Villa Maria School of Nursing
  • Recipient of Sigma Theta Tau-Eta-Xi Chapter “Excellence in Education” award. Gannon University, October 2006
  • Recipient of American Organization of Nurse Executives Annual Symposium “Outstanding Poster Presentation” 2nd place. Original research:  Political Involvement of Registered Nurse Leaders Belonging to a Professional Leadership Organization, April 2006
  • Graduated Highest Distinction – Pennsylvania State University, May 2001
  • Recipient of Erie County Council of Nurses “Registered Nurses That Make a Difference” award, 1999

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Health Policy
  • Older Adult Issues
  • Leadership
  • Disaster Nursing and Preparedness

Service

Certifications:

  • Fellow, National Gerontological Nurses Association (FNGNA)
  • Board Certification in Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC)
  • Certified Dementia Practioner (CDP)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and QualityTEAMSTEPPS Trainer

Service to the Community:

  • Allegheny Health Network: Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA: Surgery Center Patient Safety Committee. Community Advisor 2017 – Present
  • Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere (GIVE) day
  • Little Free Pantry
  • Mercy Hilltop Center, Inc.: Board of Directors
  • Presbyterian Senior Care Network: Board of Directors
  • Service Learning 
  • Disaster Relief

Service to Nursing:

  • American Organization of Nurse Exceutives: PAC Committee member
  • Honor Society of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Xi Chapter, Gannon University, Beta Sigma Chapter, Pennsylvania State University: Eta Xi Chapter: President 2004 - 2006, and 2015- current; Past President 2006 - 2008; Board Member 2008 - 2014; Vice President 2014 - 2015
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) Item Writer, July 2011, January 2012, April 2013, June 2014, June 2015, April 2016, March 2017
  • National Gerontological Nursing Association: Fellow Status Conferred 2014; Awards and Scholarship Reviewer 2011 - Present; Chair Awards Committee 2013 - Present
  • Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania: Patient Choice Award Reviewer 2010 – Present; Co-Chair Patient Choice Awards 2012 - Present; Board of Trustees 2013 - Present
  • Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders: Legislation and Professional Practice Chair 2005 - Present; Secretary/Treasurer August 2014 - Present
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association: Pennsylvania Action Coalition: Co-Convener Northwest Pennsylvania: The Future of Nursing Campaign 2012 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL): Board member 2008-2012; 2016 - Present; Legislative Chair

University Committees:

  • Gannon Inspired Faculty-led Travel (GIFT) Committee. October 2015-2018\\
  • Gannon University Alternative Spring Break Service Trip (ABST) August 2019-June 2020
  • Gannon University Faculty Senate:
  • Gannon University Leadership Committee 2010-2015
  • Gannon University Liberal Core Committee 2016-Present
  • Gannon University: Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences:Interprofessional Research Teamwork (INTERACT): Simulation Research
  • Gannon University, Villa Maria School of Nursing: Outcomes Committee: Chair August 2016-Present; Nursing Faculty Organization, Graduate Curriculum
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