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Pressler joins College of Nursing as associate dean

September 01, 2011

Jana Pressler has joined the College of Nursing as associate dean for graduate programs. In this role, she will provide leadership for the MSN and PhD programs. Her responsibilities include planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the graduate programs.

Dr. Pressler comes to ECU from the University of Oklahoma where she was most recently director of the doctor of nursing practice HRSA grant. She also served as director of the PhD program and assistant dean for research and evidence-based practice.

"We are excited to have Dr. Pressler join our College of Nursing. Her expertise in graduate education will be a valuable asset to our college as we continue to build our MSN and PhD programs and plan for a DNP program in the future," notes Dean Sylvia Brown.

With a research interest in neonatal development and birth trauma, Dr. Pressler's work has appeared in the Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, Clinical Nursing Research, Journal of Nursing Measurement, Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing and other publications.

Dr. Pressler earned her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Rochester, and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certificate and master?s of arts degree from the University of Iowa.

The ECU College of Nursing was established in 1959, the oldest in the health sciences division, and has an enrollment of more than 1,100 students in baccalaureate, master's and doctoral nursing programs. It is the largest producer of new nursing graduates in the state and offers the only nurse midwifery plan of study and alternate entry MSN option for non-nursing bachelor degree holders in the state.