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College of Nursing honors distinguished alumnae

Achievement and leadership is honored at the College of Nursing 23rd Annual Mass & Alumni Awards on Saturday, April 14th in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church. Two distinguished alumnae will receive the College of Nursing Medallion, the College’s highest award, and one will receive a newly established award.  

Medallions will be bestowed upon Susan Fretz Paparella ’86 B.S.N., ’02 M.S.N., R.N., vice president, Institute of Safe Medication Practices , Horsham, Pa.;  adjunct assistant professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy for Distinguished Contributions to Clinical Practice and Susan Warner Salmond ’73 B.S.N., Ed.D., R.N., CNE, CTN, dean, School of Nursing, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey for Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Education.

Bridgette Carter Brawner ’03 B.S.N., Ph.D., APRN, Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health Equity Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing will receive the Emerging Scholar Award.


Susan Paparella

Paparella demonstrates continued leadership in patient safety on a national and global stage.  She is responsible for the development and oversight of ISMP’s consulting and educational services. She networks with constituents such as government agencies, accrediting bodies, health care providers and consumer stakeholders. She facilitates proactive safety risk assessments, root cause analyses and patient safety-oriented conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Paparella uses her comprehensive knowledge and background to influence changes in practice and to improve patient care outcomes.

Susan Salmond

Dr. Salmond has a long and distinguished career in nursing education. Among numerous accomplishments, she has led her school’s implementation of New Jersey’s first Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, and also established master’s degree programs in nursing education, women’s health and clinical leadership. She is co-director of the nursing school’s New Jersey Center for Evidence-Based Practice, one of three partnering centers in the country of the international Joanna Briggs Institute.

Bridgette Brawner

Dr. Brawner is an emerging scholar of distinction. Having earned her PhD by age 27, she has been the principal investigator on several funded grants and within the last few months was awarded a grant by the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention in the amount of $932,000 entitled: “Prevention Among Heterosexually-Active Black Adolescents with Mental Illness”. Her interest in finding ways to assist vulnerable populations, create health equity and eliminate health disparities is further demonstrated in what is already a long and impressive list of her refereed publications. Her premise that mental and physical health concerns must be treated in an integrated manner is a hallmark of all her work. In addition, Dr. Brawner has been involved in community activities, mentors students , has been a consultant in Botswana and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University.