Donius Named Director of School of Nursing

News Story: July 9, 2014
Mary Alice Donius

The College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University has named Mary Alice Donius director of the School of Nursing, effective July 1.  

Donius, a resident of Scarborough, N.Y., previously served as associate professor in the School of Nursing at the College of New Rochelle, where she was dean for seven years. Her prior experience includes director of Medical Center Education for Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. 

“We are thrilled to have someone with Dr. Donius’ experience in this role,” said Patricia Walker, dean of the College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I have every confidence that she will continue our legacy of preparing top nurse leaders for a lifetime of success.”

A graduate of D’Youville College with a bachelor of science in nursing, Donius holds a master of education and doctor of education from Columbia University Teachers College, and a post-master’s certificate in holistic nursing from The College of New Rochelle. Her previous experience also includes a faculty practice at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., and clinician and educator positions in a variety of hospital settings and at the Columbia University School of Nursing, where she was director of the undergraduate program. 

Her research interests include the development of an attitude scale to measure caring as a three-dimensional construct of compassion, empathy and altruism, and the design and implementation of a caring-healing nursing practice model intended to increase patient satisfaction and support nursing recruitment and retention.

Sacred Heart University’s nursing program was established 33 years ago. In July 2013, it officially became its own school and opened with roughly 1,100 undergraduate and graduate nursing students, 29 full-time faculty members and a support staff of 11.

Half of the school’s nursing students are earning their degrees online—an area that has shown significant growth for the program in recent years. All of SHU’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Please call 877-791-7181 to learn more about the online nursing degree programs at Sacred Heart University.