Faculty Experts - Elizabeth Bruderle, PhD, RN

Elizabeth Bruderle, PhD, RN

Elizabeth Bruderle, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Area of Expertise:

  • Nursing Education
  • Design and Implementation of Curricula for Collegiate Nursing Programs
  • Use of the Arts and Humanities to Teach Nursing Concepts
  • Creative Teaching-Learning Strategies


How can integrating the arts and humanities into nursing education support the development of nurses who are not only skilled and competent but also caring and compassionate? Dr. Bruderle can answer that question, offer creative teaching-learning strategies, and discuss the design and implementation of the curriculum for today's collegiate nursing programs.


  • Ph.D., Widener University
  • M.S.N., Villanova University
  • B.S.N., Neumann College

Selected Publications

  • Valiga, T.M., & Bruderle, E.R. (1997). "Using the arts and humanities to teach nursing: A creative approach." New York: Springer.
  • Bruderle, E. (1994). "The arts and humanities: A creative approach to developing nurse leaders." Holistic Nursing Practice, 9 (1), 68-74.
  • Valiga, T.M., & Bruderle, E.R. (1994). Integrating the arts and humanities in nursing education. In P. Chinn & J. Watson (Eds.), Art and aesthetics in nursing (pp. 117-144). New York: National League for Nursing.
  • Valiga, T.M., & Bruderle, E.R. (1994). Concepts included in and critical to nursing curricula: An analysis. Journal of Nursing Education, 33, 118-124.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Mercy-Catholic Medical Center, Acute Care, Mercy Care Van, Community Outreach
  • Jesuit Infirmary, Saint Joseph's University, Extended Care Facility

Selected Research

  • 2002: Doctoral dissertation, Incoming Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceptions of Nurse Caring Behaviors
  • 1993: Co-investigator, Concepts Included in and Critical to Nursing Education

About Villanova

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