Faculty Research, Publications and Achievements

M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing faculty are teacher-scholars. They are engaged in scholarly inquiry, often working with undergraduate and graduate students, on their research projects.

The College also houses a Center for Nursing Research and has the Diane L.  and Robert F. Moritz, Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research, established in 2013 by Robert F. Moritz, Jr. DDS ’51 VSB and his wife Diane to advance research and scholarship within the College and its academic programs.  It is held by Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC.

Areas of research include:

  • Health issues of veterans and their families
  • Health risk behaviors of children, including internet safety
  • Healthcare access and health issues of people with disabilities
  • Healthy eating habits of children*
  • Infection control
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Simulation as a teaching-learning strategy
  • Texting technology use by community health workers and health outcomes in Nicaragua**

*interdisciplinary study with the College's MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) and IBC's Health Futures Initiative

**interdisciplinary study with College of Engineering and Villanova School of Business

Faculty present their findings at local, national and international conferences and publish in top journals including, but not limited to:

  • The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners
  • AJN, American Journal of Nursing
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Journal of Emergency Nursing
  • Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
  • Journal of Nursing Care Quality
  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship
  • Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • MCN, the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
  • Nephrology Nursing Journal
  • Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Nursing Outlook
  • Nursing Research
  • Oncology Nursing Forum
  • Pain Management Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing