Leaving A Nursing Legacy 65 over 65 - Julia Rosa
Pearl of Wisdom
"Be curious. Stay calm. Learn from adversity. Contribute when you can."
About the Honoree
Professor Julia Rosa demonstrates visionary leadership in the areas of nursing education and curriculum development. As a Nursing Professor for over 36 years beginning at the then Greater Hartford Technical College, now Capital Community College; her attention to detail, passion for the profession, and integration of humor into her delivery of content has significantly enhanced student learning in the classroom and clinical settings. Julia continually stays abreast of current trends and developing practice at Capital and at the State level and integrates these threads into her teaching.
Julia's calm and deliberate leadership helped produce positive outcomes on projects supporting curriculum, faculty development, and strategic planning. Her opinions were always sought to assist the college in staying true to it's mission of educational excellence and access for students from diverse backgrounds. Julia's attention to value-driven decisions and excellent ability to communicate process and outcome enabled the nursing division to earn the National League for Nursing Accreditation at the highest level, decade after decade.
In 1983, and again in 1995, Julia was appointed Interim Director at Capital, and was able to stabilize and grow the Division under significant leadership change. In 1997, she represented the college with great distinction being awarded the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, State Professor of the Year. This recognition was well-deserved given her reputation as an innovative, experienced teacher, collaborative worker and a seriously altruistic individual dedicated to the students of the College.
Always committed to advancing education and practice, she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2008 from the University of Hartford with an exemplary dissertation on associate degree nursing faculty perceptions of factors that influence the advisement of nursing students regarding baccalaureate completion. This study earned her the highest honor awarded by the university's doctoral program; the Joanne Andershonis Reich Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership in 2009. Julia went on to establish a partnership with the University of Hartford which allowed senior nursing students to participate in selected RN to BSN classes, a collaborative model supporting student articulation and advancement.
None of these individual achievements, however, truly convey the quality of her contributions to nursing education and Capital Community College. Few professors have been so respected and valued for their ability to analyze and understand the complexities of the college's mission and purpose in the greater Hartford community. Her creativity and optimistic spirit found its way into most of the college's major endeavors during the course of her 30-year plus tenure. Upon her retirement in 2012, she was appointed to Professor Emeritus. Graduates still quote important advice given by Professor Rosa, while colleagues continue to honor her exemplary professionalism.
In addition, Julia has been the recipient of other prestigious awards: Merit Award from the Board of Trustees of the CT Regional Community Colleges in both 1988 & 2005; Capital Community College's Educational Excellence and Distinguished Service Award in 2001; Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2009; and the Connecticut Nurses' Association President's Award in 2014.
Since retirement she assisted in CLN's "Adjunct Faculty Pre-Employment Orientation Online Course"; initiated the Retired Nurses' Group with the sponsorship of CNA; and is employed as a substitute school nurse in Southington, CT.
Congratulations Julia, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!