Dr. Tammy Haley,
associate professor of nursing, has
been named director of the university’s nursing and radiological science
She succeeds Dr. Lisa Fiorentino,
associate professor of nursing, who was appointed to serve as the Director of
the Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford in late 2013.
Haley has been at Pitt-Bradford
since 2003. Her research focuses on women’s health issues, particularly those
affecting rural adolescent women and children.
Before entering the classroom as an
instructor, Haley practiced as a certified family nurse practitioner
specializing in women’s health. She also has experience as a registered nurse
in the pediatric and medical-surgical areas.
She earned her doctoral degree in
nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, where she also earned her
Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health.
In her new role, Haley said she
would like to continue the high level of performance by Pitt-Bradford students,
including above-average scores on the national licensing exam for registered
nurses, and increase the number of students with two-year degrees moving on to pursue
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Haley said she would also like to
work with Fiorentino, who continues to teach in the nursing program, to continue
internships for students at the Center for Rural Health Practice.
Nursing is one of the most popular
majors at Pitt-Bradford. Many of
Pitt-Bradford’s nursing graduates have stayed in the area to work at health
care facilities in the region, according to figures from the Economic and
Community Impact Survey conducted by officials from the Center for Social and
Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh. From December 2000 to August
2010, 548 Pitt-Bradford nursing graduates were employed in the six-county
region of Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter and Warren counties in Pennsylvania, and
Cattaraugus County, in New York.
Additionally, of the total number of nurses
employed in the region, 55.6 percent were Pitt-Bradford graduates.