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Dr. Sharon KFalkenstern. Falkenstern, director of Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, located at Clarion University-Venango Campus in Oil City, was recognized in December, 2010, with Sage Publications' annual Best Paper Award for an article in Nursing Science Quarterly entitled, "Health as Expanding Consciousness with Families with a Child with Special Healthcare Needs." The article was based on Dr. Falkenstern's dissertation, with the assistance of her mentors, Dr. Sarah Gueldner and Dr. Margaret Newman, who were also honored. The stated purpose of the study was "to develop knowledge about the nurse-client process of facilitating health in families who have a child with special healthcare needs." She has presented this work at national and international nursing conferences.

Dr. Falkenstern was named director of the School in August, 2010, after serving on the nursing faculty at The Pennsylvania State University since 1992.
In this academic leadership position, Dr. Falkenstern oversees all programs and faculty of the School, which offers associate, bachelor and master's degrees in nursing, with nurse practitioner and nursing education concentrations offered through the master's program of the Department of Nursing. The Department of Allied Health offers, in partnership with regional hospitals, a bachelor of science in medical imaging sciences, with concentrations in radiography and ultrasound, an associate degree in allied health with multiple concentrations, and an associate degree in respiratory care.

Recognized as a leader in collaboration and distance education, the School has one of the largest nursing and allied health enrollments in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education's 14 public universities. Courses are offered at the Venango Campus, the Clarion Campus, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, and at a variety of hospitals across Pennsylvania and in four other states, using a variety of live instruction and distance education modalities.

Dr. Falkenstern earned her bachelor and master's degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University and her Ph.D. with a major in nursing and a minor in adult education from Penn State. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) and is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses' Credentialing Commission.

Clarion University–Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University–Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.
3/22/2011 9:35 AM

Dr. Sharon Falkenstern Receives Best Paper Award