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Cedar Crest College faculty member receives recognition as nurse educator

Thursday October 10, 2013
Joan Timalonis, RN
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Joan Timalonis, RN, MSN, an assistant professor in nursing at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., is a finalist in the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania in the category of Nurse Educator — Academia. According to a news release, the award recognizes an individual who is an inspiration to students and cultivates a supportive learning environment.

Timalonis is one of two finalists to be honored in this category at the 24th annual Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania gala, which will be held Oct. 25 in Harrisburg, Pa.

Wendy Robb, RN, PhD, MSN, chair of Cedar Crest’s nursing department and director of the graduate nursing program, nominated Timalonis, citing her commitment to the students and their overall education.

“The strong work ethic exhibited by this phenomenal individual and nurse educator motivates students and faculty to work harder, while caring for self, in order to reap the most positive outcomes,” Robb wrote in her nomination. “A remarkable educator who embodies Florence Nightingale’s vision of the nurse, this candidate is worthy of recognition for all the contributions to nursing science and the deep impact on the lives of nurses when they were tenderly navigating the maelstrom of nursing school — an experience made better and more impactful and meaningful by this caring professional.”

Timalonis led the implementation of Assessment Training Institute resources for the department. Additionally, her dedication to technological and methodological innovation includes the merger of cooperative testing strategies in the classroom as a direct response to student feedback on their testing experience.

“She is remarkable in her unwavering enthusiasm and passion for innovation in the classroom,” Amy Edgar, CRNP, MSN, assistant professor of nursing at Cedar Crest, said in the release. “She constantly works to find and incorporate the latest, most effective teaching strategies to engage her students in meaningful and challenging ways and to encourage her peers to do the same.”

Timalonis teaches the fundamentals of nursing, med-surg nursing, health assessment and the final practicum for senior nursing students. She has been teaching since the mid-1990s.

“Joan has a heart of gold,” Lisa Lacko, RN, MSN, assistant professor of nursing at Cedar Crest, said in the release. “She comes across as firm and strict, but underneath that she truly cares about each and every student. She listens to their problems, attends funerals and celebrations, brings candy to tests and finals, and keeps in touch after they graduate. She goes way above the norm.”


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