Office for Nursing Research and Evaluation

Villanova Center for Nursing Research

Creation of nursing science, faculty-student partnerships, mentoring, nursing scholarship, and interprofessional collaboration are outcomes from the research conducted through the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.


New knowledge is developed with the goal of improving clinical practice and health care delivery, as well as the health of patients and populations.


The Office for Nursing Research and Evaluation at the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing was established in 2006 as the focal point for scholarly inquiry within the College. The Office coordinates and supports research activities within the College, in collaboration with other Villanova academic areas, as well as external entities.

The Office assists faculty and undergraduate and graduate students with education, assistance and mentoring in the grant writing process, other funding activities and sources, the research process, scholarly evaluation and activities such as those relating to publication and other professional routes of dissemination of scientific work.

The Office is the locus for research-oriented events such as the College’s Annual Research Symposium, and special partnerships and projects that advance its mission and that of the College.

Research supported by the Office reflects areas of study that are aligned with the College’s mission. The risk posed by children’s Internet usage, childhood obesity prevention, the psychosocial effects of breast cancer on African-American women survivors, situational violence affecting women with disabilities…these are just a few of the research topics explored through the Office for Nursing Research and Evaluation.

Other examples of faculty research being conducted include:

  • veterans and traumatic brain injury
  • innovations in simulation in nursing education
  • coping mechanisms of young adult survivors of childhood cancer
  • hospital-based experience of people with disabilities in their interactions with nursing staff
  • using big data to improve elder outcomes in home health care
  • improving maternal-child outcomes in the Latina population
  • breastfeeding mothers and neonatal outcomes


Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Professor and Director, Office for Nursing Research and Evaluation; The Richard and Marianne Kreider Endowed Professor in Nursing for Vulnerable Populations