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Notre Dame College has named a nurse leader and educator with more than 20 years of experience in college and university environments and clinical services to head its nursing programs.

The College has appointed David M. Foley, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., C.N.E., M.P.A., chair of its Division of Nursing. He succeeds M. Patrice McCarthy, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., who has retired after serving five years in the leadership position.

Foley most recently worked as an assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Previously he served as interim assistant dean and a college lecturer at the Cleveland State University School of Nursing.

His clinical and leadership experience spans eight years with the Department of Veterans Affairs as an administrative officer, nurse manager and a staff nurse. He was director of operations for the MetroHealth System for nearly six years and has worked as a nurse with both Deaconess Hospital and Huron Hospital in Northeast Ohio.

He earned a doctorate in urban education-nursing education from Cleveland State University, a Master of Nursing from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in health administration from Cleveland State and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Kent State University. He holds American Nurses Credentialing Center board certification in psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Foley’s leadership experience is evident in his service to professional organizations, as well as throughout his teaching and nursing career. He is a member of the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association, named president-elect in 2018; the Ohio Nurses Association State Caucus on Cultural Diversity, where he was chairperson in 2018; and the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, serving as president of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Chapter.

He has taught courses in leadership and performance management as well as in community health, adult medical/surgical and psychiatric-mental health.

His research interests range from the impact of variances in social capital on nursing student success to cultural competence in nursing education and pedagogical innovation in psychiatric-mental health nursing education.

In addition, Foley has published in numerous areas, like on reducing anxiety and promoting critical thinking in nursing students and transforming nursing shift reports into educational sessions, both in American Nurse Today.

July 2019

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For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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