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CNR graduates have made their mark in every field of endeavor!

My CNR experience not only provided a strong academic program, but also an environment that fostered honest inquiry and an openness to the diversity of thought, opinion, and values. Such a grounding has served me very well.
Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, GS ‘84
Senior Vice President, Advocacy
Catholic Health Initiatives

Colleen Scanlon is Senior Vice President, Advocacy at Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver, CO. and responsible for directing the development of a comprehensive advocacy program within one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the country.  Prior to this, Colleen was the Director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights in Washington, D.C. and served as a Clinical Scholar in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Colleen’s background includes a variety of clinical positions, most recently as a Psychiatric Nurse Clinician at Calvary Hospital in New York. She has worked as a Staff Development Instructor and held staff positions in oncology, psychiatric, and home health care nursing. She has served as the convener of the Palliative Care Task Force of “Last Acts” (RWJ) and as an advisor and faculty member for End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and the Nursing Leadership Consortium for End-of-Life Care.  

Involved in a variety of professional associations, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Health Association (Chairperson), the Catholic Medical Mission Board, and Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. She also has served on the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research (NIH), as a board member at The College of New Rochelle, the Institute for Diversity, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.  

Colleen received her BSN from Georgetown University, an MS in Gerontology from
CNR and a JD with a health law and policy certificate from Pace University School of Law.

She has been involved in the development of educational monographs and videos and co-authored the book Managing Genetic Information: Implications for Nursing Practice. She has also published articles in Nursing Clinics of North America, Cancer Nursing, Health Progress, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Critical Care
, Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Management, Oncology Nursing Forum and numerous other journals.  

In her professional career, she has received several awards including an honorary doctorate and distinguished alumna award from Georgetown University, the Mara Mogensen Flaherty Award from the Oncology Nursing Society, and the American Cancer Society Lane Adams Award

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