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65 over 65 - Dr. Kathleen Lovanio

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Lovanio, 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

"It has been said that as a nurse we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, body and soul of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel (Angelou). "

About the Honoree

Dr. Lovanio is currently an assistant professor at the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University and teaches undergraduate and second-degree nursing students.  Her nursing experience is firmly rooted in evidence-based practice and her research and interests seek to optimize the quality of life of community-dwelling older adults.

Kathleen states, “A legacy is about the investment in those that will carry on the work.  She is honored and privileged to know that students have gone on to do great things in nursing partly from the influence she has had on them.”

As part of her commitment to the field of Geriatrics, Dr. Lovanio advanced the number of ANCC certified Gerontological nurses at two major hospitals through her geriatric education sessions for staff RNs.  In addition, she was the project director of a “Matter of Balance”, an evidenced-based fall risk reduction program designed to reduce the fear of falling and to promote maximum independence and improve quality of life among community-dwelling older adults.

In addition, Kathleen is the Program Director of the VA Nursing Academic Partnership between VA Connecticut Healthcare System and the Egan School, and leads several initiatives, including integration of Veteran-centric curriculum, strategies for promoting VA faculty advancement, and development of a Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program.

Dr. Lovanio received her BSN in 1998 from Southern Connecticut State University; a Masters in Advanced Practice Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Fairfield University; and a post-masters certificate as a Geriatric Nurse Educator from Penn State University. She is board-certified as an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner and Gerontological Nurse.

On a personal note, Kathleen would like to share an interesting fact about her nursing school journey: “Entering nursing school as a non-traditional student in a traditional BSN program was a huge undertaking and one of the best career decisions I have made.  One piece of information that I enjoy sharing with others about my nursing school journey is the fact that my daughter was also in the same nursing program, at the same time! This was neither as easy nor glamorous as it sounds.  I likened this experience to labor and delivery, somewhat painful at times for many reasons, but the delivery was awesome, she was right in front of me at graduation.  I really hope my achievement will encourage others like me to realize that it’s never too late to follow your lifelong ambitions.”


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