Yale School of Nursing (YSN) announced on May 5 that more than a dozen new faculty members will be onboarded in time for the fall semester. The expertise of the incoming full-time and part-time faculty spans multiple specialty areas.
“We are thrilled to welcome this incredibly strong and energetic group to the YSN community,” said Dean Ann Kurth ’90 MSN, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN. “Each brings a wide range of talents and experience to these roles. We all look forward to working with and learning from each other as these new faculty join our YSN family.”
Daihnia Dunkley, PhD, RN will be a lecturer in GEPN and co-teach a core course in the MSN program. She is an assistant professor in the Nursing Department at Farmingdale State College and the course coordinator for obstetrics and pediatrics. She is the chair of the Reimagining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Dunkley is a clinical consultant for VMG Health (formerly RR Health Strategies), a nurse consultant for Project Social Care Head Start Inc. Pregnant Women’s Program, and the founder of Daihnia’s Joy, LLC. She earned a BSN from Hampton University and an MSN and DNP from the University of Phoenix. She will begin on July 1.
Ophelia Empleo-Frazier ‘99 MSN, GNP-BC, BSN, CDP will be a lecturer in the AGPCNP program. In addition to being a part-time lecturer at YSN, she is an APRN at the West Haven Medical Group, a nurse consultant and educator for Connecticut Older Adult Collaborative for Health 4Ms Project at the School of Medicine, and a faculty member in the Project ECHO Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Program. She earned a BSN from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines, and an MSN from Yale School of Nursing. She will begin on July 1.
Lauren Flagg, DNP, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC will be a part-time lecturer in the PNP specialty. She is a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unite / Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. She received an associate degree of applied science in nursing from Cuyahoga Community College; a BSN from Kent State University; an MSN from Vanderbilt University; and a DNP from Vanderbilt University. She will begin on July 1.
Marcie Gawel, MSN, MS, BS, CPN, SANE will be a lecturer in the GEPN program and a member of the Simulation Unit. She is an adjunct clinical professor at Pace University School of Nursing and a clinical preceptor for the Capstone Course at Greenwich Hospital. She earned a BS in biology and public health from SCSU; an MS in school health education from SCSU; a BSN from SCSU; an MSN from University of Saint Joseph; and she completed certification in sexual assault forensic/nurse examiner training at Quinnipiac University. She will begin on July 1.
Camille Hamilton, PhD, MPH, RN, CMSRN will be a lecturer in the GEPN program. She is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate nursing at Long Island University Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the MS/MPH program at Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. Dr. Hamilton earned a diploma in nursing from University Hospital of the West Indies School of Nursing in Jamaica; an MS in community health nursing and public health from Hunter College – CUNY; a PhD in nursing science from the Graduate Center – CUNY; and is enrolled in an advanced certificate in AGPCNP at Harriett Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing. She will begin on July 1.
Tania Hossin ’14 MSN, APRN, FNP will be a part-time lecturer in the FNP program. She is a nurse practitioner in the VA Urology Services in West Haven and an oncology APRN at Smilow Cancer Hospital. She earned a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry from SCSU and an MSN from Yale School of Nursing. She will join us on July 1.
Nathan Levitt, MSN, FNP-BC will be a full-time lecturer in the GEPN program and the Director of LGBTQ and Gender Justice Learning. He is a family nurse practitioner at NYU Langone, a consultant for the NY State Department of Health/NYC Department of Health, and an adjunct professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. He earned a BA in psychology and women’s studies from Emory University, an MA in gender and cultural studies from Simmons College; a BSN from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; and an MSN from the SUNY Downstate Family Nurse Practitioner Program. He will begin on June 1.
Sarah Lipkin ’14 MSN, AGPCNP-BC will be a part-time lecturer in the women’s health and midwifery programs. She is an APRN in the VA Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) Clinic and Women’s Clinic and a clinical instructor in the midwifery and women’s health specialties at YSN. She earned a BA in film studies from Wesleyan University, an MSN from YSN, specializing in both adult gerontology primary care and women’s health; and completed an adult primary care interprofessional nurse practitioner residency at the VA in West Haven. She will begin on July 1.
Nicole Maciejak ’06 MSN, APRN, CPNP will be a full-time lecturer who will be teaching in the PNP-PC program and practicing in the YNHH pediatric outpatient practice. She is currently a part-time lecturer in the PNP-PC program and a school-based pediatric nurse practitioner at the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center. She earned a BA in psychology from Boston University and an MSN from Yale School of Nursing. She began part-time on May 1 and will be full-time on July 1.
Morgan Mako ’18 MSN, APRN, FNP-C, AAHIVS will be a part-time lecturer in the AGPCNP and FNP programs. He is a family nurse practitioner at the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, MA, and a clinical risk consultant and research nurse in the division of gastroenterology at Boston Scientific in Marlborough, MA. He earned an AB with concentrations in Spanish, Italian, and Religion/Eastern Philosophy from Vassar College; did a post-baccalaureate in pre-medical studies at Harvard University; earned his MSN from Yale School of Nursing; and completed an FNP fellowship in primary care/community health and Hepatitis C Clinical Provider Training and preceptorship at the Institute for Family Health in the Bronx. He will begin on July 1.
Neesha Ramchandani ’20 MSN, PhD, PNP, CDCES will be a part-time lecturer in the MSN program. She is an independent research consultant at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing and a per diem school and community health nurse at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. Dr. Ramchandani earned an AB in chemistry with a minor in psychology from Dartmouth College; an MA in medical sciences from Boston University School of Medicine; an MSN from Yale School of Nursing; and a PhD in nursing from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She will begin on July 1.
Christine Rodriguez, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, MDiv, MA will be a full-time lecturer in the Simulation Unit and the GEPN program. She is an assistant clinical professor and director of the Nursing Learning Center & Simulation Lab at the University of Saint Joseph and has been an assistant clinical professor and lead pediatric track coordinator at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Rodriguez is the owner and director of clinical operations of CannaVida y Salud, LLC Integrative Health & Wellness; a nurse practitioner in family medicine, acute care, & LGBTQIA+ healthcare at the University of Connecticut Student Health and Wellness; and a nurse practitioner in the Integrative Psychiatry and Medical Cannabis Clinic at Compassionate Solutions, LLC. She earned a BS in applied professional studies and a BSN from Nova Southeastern University; a certificate in faith community nursing/parish nursing from the University of Southern Indiana; an MA in theological studies and an MDiv from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary; and an MSN and DNP from the University of Connecticut. She began on May 24.
Brenda White, DNP, MSN, APRN, RN will be a part-time lecturer in the AGACNP program. She is an APRN on the Neurosurgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Surgical ICU, and Surgical Step-Down units at Hartford Hospital and a per diem APRN on the medical/surgical ICU at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. She earned a BS in biology/molecular cell biology from the University of Connecticut; a BSN from Quinnipiac University; and an MSN and DNP from the University of Connecticut. She will begin on July 1.