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Elizabeth Heavey, PhD, RN, CNM
Associate Professor of Nursing

Nurses play a vital role in the American health care system — they heal, they educate, they comfort. They work with individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings but with a singular goal — to recover or maintain good health and quality of life. At The College at Brockport, the nursing program attracts four applicants for every one position and graduates highly skilled nurses who exceed board qualifications. The credit for that goes to exceptional faculty like Dr. Elizabeth Heavey.


Health and Human Performance

If Dr. Heavey has exacting standards, she has earned the right to have them. Possessing undergraduate degrees in nursing and economics, she completed a midwifery program at the University of Rochester and later received a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Buffalo with high honors throughout. She has years of clinical experience caring for women with high risk pregnancies and for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Dr. Heavey is equally passionate about her students, whether it's helping them master a challenging statistics course, guiding them through non-hospital based clinical experiences or including them in research projects like her study on the effect of parvovirus B19 on pregnancy.

She is also passionate about the promise of technology to make nursing education more accessible. She has become a campus leader in developing hybrid and online classes that promote student engagement and improve access for students in remote areas. The online classes are particularly important for the department's RN-BSN program, enabling practicing nurses to take courses like "Community Based Epidemiology."

As the author of Statistics for Nurses: A Practical Approach, she included a companion DVD as well as a web site with animated flashcards, interactive tools and exercises, and video tutorials so students can review materials at their own pace. This audio component makes the content more accessible for non-English speakers and students who have difficulties with reading. In short, it improves learning for all students.

Why go to such lengths? Because she is inspired by her students. "I learn from them. I incorporate their ideas. I am so proud of who they are and what they become and that I have the opportunity to produce those nurses."

"For me, teaching nursing is personal. We are producing nurses you can trust with your loved ones. When I encounter a nurse trained at Brockport, I know my child is safe in his or her care."


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