Associate Professor Mary Alice Donius, Dean Donna Demarest,
Associate Professor Margot DeSevo, and Jamie Schwartzfeld, student in
clinical specialist in holistic nursing.
College of New Rochelle
A L U M N A E /
I C O L L E
in the 21st Century"
June 10, 11, 12, 2005
“Caring in Health Care”
S P E A K E R S
An alumna of the
School of Arts and Sciences, Dr.
Demarest has a long-standing history with CNR. She first joined
the College as an instructor in the School of Nursing from 1970-1974.
She returned as assistant professor in 1980 and became an associate
dean in 1986. She left in 1994 to become director of the nursing
department at Oglala Lakota College, a tribal college on the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In August 1999, she returned as
Dean of the School of Nursing.
Dr. Demarest leads a state-of-the-art school
offering five programs for undergraduate and graduate students of
nursing. Extremely active in professional and community service,
Dr. Demarest serves and has served on many boards and executive
committees of schools and hospitals. She earned a B.A. in Psychology
from The College of New Rochelle. Upon moving into nursing and
education, she received an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Teachers College,
Margot DeSevo, R.N.C., Ph.D.
Professor at The College of New
Rochelle School of Nursing, Dr. Margot DeSevo received her B.S.N. from
Syracuse University. Following graduation, she began her clinical
practice at NYU Medical Center. While working in obstetrics, she
earned a master’s in Nursing Education from New York University.
She then began her professional career at Cornell University – New York
Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her education at NYU,
earning her doctorate while expanding her knowledge in her specialty
area, becoming certified in Lamaze Childbirth Education, In-Patient
Obstetric Nursing, and Lactation Consultation.
Alice Donius, R.N., Ed.D.
Dr. Mary Alice
Donius is an Associate Professor at
The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing. She holds a B.S.N. from
D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, a master’s degree and doctoral
degree in Nursing Education from Columbia University Teachers College,
and a post-master’s certificate in Holistic Nursing from CNR.
Currently, Dr. Donius is the coordinator of the Master’s Program and
teaches in the Nursing and Health Care Management program. She also
holds a Faculty Practice appointment at Sound Shore Medical Center of
Dr. Donius’ research interest includes 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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