65 over 65 - Dr. E. Carol Polifroni
Congratulations to Dr. E. Carol Polifroni, one of the distinguished honorees that will be recognized throughout the year culminating in a state-wide celebration at CLN's 65th Jubilee Luncheon to be held on June 1, 2018.
Pearl of Wisdom
"Like John Dewey, I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform." And, our role as nurse, is to foster that education in every setting in which we find ourselves."
About the Honoree
Carol has been a nurse for more than 45 years, and is currently a registered nurse in Connecticut. She has used her many years of knowledge and skill to guide new nurses into the professional practice and academic worlds, as well as to strengthen existing care networks and contribute greatly to the existing body of nursing education research.
For over four decades Carol has been a nearly continuous presence at the University of Connecticut, where she served as dean from 2016 to 2017, and in several other leadership roles prior to that. During her tenure as Dean she was an active member of CLN's Council of Deans & Directors, and in 2014 she received the Jane E. Murdock Life-Long Learning Award.
Carol spent her early career at various hospitals around New York and New Jersey in staff nurse, head nurse and emergency room positions. Following that, while at UConn, she also engaged in numerous consulting roles around the state, at hospitals such as Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Bristol Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and half a dozen others.
In addition, Carol has been prolific in securing program grant funding to advance nursing education and has led important community partnerships to prepare future nurses. During her distinguished career, Carol received more than $5 million spread across 24 grants from federal agencies and foundations to enhance the diversity of the nursing workforce and the preparation of tomorrow's educators, and advised more than two dozen doctoral students who are now leaders as researchers and educators throughout the country.
Believing in the clinical power of nurses, Carol served as Magnet ™ program appraiser for more than two decades and is certified through ANCC Nurse Executive Advanced. She was the first faculty member at UConn to become a Certified Nurse Educator role modeling what has become a role expectation for all. Carol served as President of the Connecticut Nurses' Association for four years, President of Sigma Theta Tau Mu Chapter on two separate occasions, led the Connecticut Nurses' Foundation and served on national committees in many professional organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Hartford Health Care, Hartford Region.
At the core of Carol's work is a commitment to partners and partnerships. Consequently, she currently directs the University's Office of Public Engagement fostering a belief that genuine partnerships must be reciprocal, relevant and responsible. The byline for that office is "co-creating a culture of planetary health through civic action".
For her many contributions in research and education, she has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators by the National League for Nursing, and awarded the Josephine Dolan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education and the Mary Jane Williams Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Nursing Association. Carol has also received 12 other awards and honors over the past 35 years, pertaining to her leadership, service academic excellence, collaborative spirit and other personal and professional qualities.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Saint Anselm College, followed by her master's degree in nursing (with her major field as adults with biophysical pathology, and her minor field as education) from New York University and her Doctorate of Education in curriculum theory & development and higher education, with a minor field concentration in administration, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Congratulations Carol, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!