Throughout her 30-year nursing career, the new Mount Aloysius associate dean served several prestigious organizations throughout Western Pennsylvania including the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, UPMC, FSC Marketing Communications, VNA Western Pennsylvania, Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Forbes Health System and Ohio Valley School of Nursing.
Dean Zukowski is a veteran of the United States Navy, where she served as a nurse corps officer at Great Lakes Naval Hospital and as an instructor at Naval Hospital Corps School. She received an honorable discharge in 1988. Ms. Zukowski holds an active license as a registered nurse in the State of Pennsylvania and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Her bibliography lists numerous publications and scholarly activities. She has presented on a variety of clinical, managerial and educational subjects throughout the United States.
Active in community organizations, Ms. Zukowski has served as board chairperson for Family Services of Western PA. In addition, she is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Project Management Institute (PMI), Sigma Theta Tau International, and the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Association.
The new Mount Aloysius College associate dean received her Bachelor of Science from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, Pa. with a dual major in Nursing and English. Her Master of Science in Nursing is from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. with a specialty focus as an adult practitioner/ teacher. Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include community resilience to disasters, core competencies for medical disaster response, and health care access for vulnerable populations.
My name is Nicole Custer and I have been a nursing instructor for Mount Aloysius since the Fall of 2009. I am proud to say that I am a Mount Aloysius Alumni, and am so happy to be an instructor at the institution that I feel has played a large role in the person and nurse that I am today. I obtained both my ADN and BSN from Mount Aloysius. I obtained by Master's degree in Nursing Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). I currently have plans to enroll at IUP in the PhD in Nursing program starting in the Fall of 2012.
I have been an RN for 7 years, and have worked at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA since I graduated with my Associate Degree in Nursing. I worked in the Progressive Care Unit for several years, and have since moved to the ICU/CCU, where I have spent the majority of my career. I have a true passion for critical care nursing. I love taking care of ICU patients. My specialty, however, is with the open heart/vascular surgery population.
Teaching critical care nursing, as well as caring for critically ill patients are very important to me. I hold CCRN (critical care RN) and CSC (cardiac surgery certification) credentials, to assure that I am current in the knowledge and evidence-based practice of caring for critically ill patients. While I am a full-time nursing instructor at MAC, I continue to practice at the bedside in the critical care setting as much as possible. In the classroom you will find me teaching Adult Health III in the Associate Degree Program, as well as Informatics in Healthcare in the RN-BSN program.
Brian has been a registered nurse since 1995, when he graduated originally from Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associate’s of the Arts in Nursing degree. Subsequently, Brian received both his Baccalaureate’s of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing degrees from University of Phoenix. Throughout his career, Brian has worked in several disciplines of nursing, including: emergency nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and medical-surgical nursing. Brian also holds a certification as a certified stroke nurse. Professionally, Brian has been a staff nurse, charge nurse, shift supervisor, and clinical coordinator. As full-time faculty at Mount Aloysius College, Brian teaches Adult Nursing II in the third level of the Associate’s Degree program. In his personal life, Brian likes serving as a youth pastor, bringing his spiritual perspective into his classroom instruction of holistic nursing; enjoys participating in recreational and competitive running, completing several marathons; and loves camping at his cabin in Cook Forest. Brian has been married since 1992 and has two sons.
I have been a nurse for 30 years and have worked primarily in critical care nursing followed by nursing management and now nursing education. I received my degrees the long way, starting with a Diploma in Nursing from Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing in Steubenville, Ohio, followed by a BSN from West Liberty State College in West Liberty, WV, an MBA from Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, and an MSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It is not over yet as I am currently getting a DNP in Leadership and Management from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, PA. I teach both associate and BSN courses with an emphasis on leadership and management. I have been married for 20 years.
I take pleasure in being a nurse and have completed 10 years of service. My first career was in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics, before entering the nursing arena. My past nursing endeavors include medical surgical, pediatrics, legal and forensics, research (clinical trials), community health, nursing education, and mental health nursing. I have worked in several different states. I am currently employed as a full-time nursing faculty at Mount Aloysius College. I teach in the AD and RN to BSN programs. Mental health nursing is my specialty and I am course coordinator for NU275 (Mental Health Nursing). I obtained my BSN & MSN from University of Pittsburgh in 2004 & 2005 and completed my DNP in 2011 at Carlow University. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau. I enjoy working with students in the Nursing Student Services Committee.
Regina is currently the Interim Associate Degree Program Chairperson and Assistant Professor of Nursing. Ms. Barr has been a nursing faculty member for over 25 years at Mount Aloysius and has taught various Associate Degree and RN-BSN nursing courses. She is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Nursing Division Curriculum and Program Evaluation Committees and is a member of the College Promotion and Technology Committees. Regina has attended various seminars related to integrating simulation into the nursing curriculum and recently attended the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Consortium Institute. She is a member of the International Nursing Association of Simulation in Clinical Laboratories (INASCL), National League for Nursing (NLN) and maintains current expertise in practice.
I have been a Registered Nurse for approximately 7 years. My clinical experience lies in cardiopulmonary nursing working on telemetry and medical progressive care units. I also have experience in same day surgery. I currently teach students in the Associate Degree program, NU130 – Fundamentals of Nursing course. I obtained my BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and my MSN in 2010 from University of Phoenix through their online program. I am also a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and have been for the past 11 years. I am part of the Army Nurse Corps and am currently in the position of State Credentialing Officer for the PAARNG.
My name is Joan Krug and I have been a full time nursing instructor for Mount Aloysius since the Fall of 2008. I am a proud Mount Aloysius Alumni. I obtained both my Associates and Bachelors degrees in nursing from Mount Aloysius. I earned my Master's degree in Nursing Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
I have been an RN for 7 years. Upon graduation with my Associates Degree, I began working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona, PA. I also have experience as a Hospice Case Manager working for Asera Care Hospice of Altoona and Johnstown caring for hospice patients.
While I am a full-time nursing instructor at MAC, I continue to practice at the bedside in the critical care setting as much as possible. My current teaching responsibilities include Adult Nursing I as well as various RN-BSN courses.
I have been a nurse for 37 years and have worked in pediatrics and medical/surgical nursing beginning as a LPN and bedside registered nurse, leadership and management, and most recently nursing education. I received my nursing education beginning with a LPN Diploma from Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania, an associate degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius Junior College in Cresson, Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Regents College in Albany, New York, and a master’s of science degree in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. I am presently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My degree will be conferred on 12/16/11. I teach in associate degree program emphasizing family and pediatrics and BSN courses. I have a special place in my heart for service and service-learning. I have a beautiful daughter that recently graduated from the Mount Aloysius College nursing program.
I am a proud graduate of the associate degree nursing program at the then Mount Aloysius Junior College. I attended Gwynedd-Mercy College in Philadelphia for a BSN. My master degrees in adult education and nursing administration were achieved at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I have worked primarily in the areas of cardiac nursing, infection control & epidemiology, college health and finally nursing education. My nursing career spans 38 years where change has been a constant. Nursing is a wonderful profession where you can explore many opportunities to provide quality patient care to our nation.
I am also a wife and the proud parent of three sons who have graduated from college and have a place in the workforce beginning their families. We love spending as much time as possible at the Outer Banks, NC in various beach cottages with family, friends and our dogs. We occasionally breed Shetland sheepdogs which we love!
Mrs. Garman teaches in both the ADN and BSN programs. She is a clinical instructor at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center with Level IV nursing students. At the bachelors level she enjoys teaching the Pathophysiology course which is Nu 304 and the Health Assessment course which is NU 302. She is also a Certified Nurse Practitioner working in Medical Neurology in Johnstown. She is a Certified Critical Care Nurse and is a Certified Nurse Educator credentialed by the National League for Nursing.
When not working Mrs. Garman is very active in Girl Scouting. She is a troop leader for girls ages 11-17. She is married and has a 23 year old son who works in Boston as a chef and a 19 year old daughter who is a criminology major at Mount Aloysius College. Lastly she has 2 cats Smokey and Princey.