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65 over 65 - Gloria Gianfrede

Congratulations to Gloria Gianfrede, 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

"Sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.  You can always pray for someone when you don't have the strength to help him/her in any other way."

About the Honoree

Gloria Gianfrede is a pioneer in the field of nursing and cared for one of the first patients having cardiac surgery using the heart/lung machine.  As an experienced medical-surgical nurse, she taught students at institutions such as Grace-New Haven School of Nursing, Boston University School of Nursing, and Simmons College. Additionally, she dedicated more than 20 years in the Southern CT State University(SCSU) Department of Nursing where she focused her work on clinical practice and instruction at Yale-New Haven Hospital caring for patients recovering from cardiac and neurological surgeries.


Gloria loved sharing her expertise with her students. During her tenure at SCSU, Gloria was instrumental in developing initial courses within the baccalaureate curriculum in the areas of mind-body-spirit connection, guided imagery, and therapeutic touch. She was recognized by Southern Connecticut State University by receiving emeritus status for her impact with pre-licensure BSN nursing students for over the past 40 years.


She gained invaluable experience during her tenure as a faculty member at Boston University and Simmons College by being able to utilize some of the most renowned teaching hospitals and clinics in Boston as clinical sites for her nursing students. Some of these sites included:  The Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, The New England Baptist Hospital, specializing in joint replacement surgery, Boston University Hospital and Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, and The New England Deaconess Hospital which was affiliated with The Joslin Diabetes Center - dedicated to the clinical care and education of patients with diabetes.  Gloria was able to enhance her knowledge of medical surgical nursing to a great degree and able to use these experiences in teaching nursing students because of these clinical sites. 

Gloria was a member of professional nursing organizations during her career and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Theta Tau. She is a member of the Boston Alumni Association and Southern CT State University Alumni Association.

She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University with a dual major in medical-surgical nursing and teaching.


Congratulations Gloria, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!


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