Nursing and Social Work


Nursing and Social Work students collaborate to provide holistic care for a patient and family in a simulated crisis experience.

This innovative approach to experiential learning is also evident in the college’s Nursing program, which, working in collaboration with the Department of Social Work, has developed a cross-disciplinary emergency room trauma-simulation lab under the direction of Professors David Skiff and Sara Manning. This simulation lab greatly enhances students’ crisis-intervention skills by drawing on multiple skill sets and perspectives in an interactive environment that has practical application in the real world.

page27-2 Chrisann Fennessey, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of Undergraduate Clinical Education, facilitates student learning through competency-based skills labs in the traditional undergraduate Nursing program.
page27-3 Undergraduate students learning patient-centered communications through real-life scenarios using patient actors.


Social Work – A Focus on Partnership

Roberts Wesleyan is a key member of a consortium consisting of seven Upstate New York social work schools partnering with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Veteran’s Administration to study and meet the unique behavioral health needs of our veterans and their families. This initiative is one of only 13 funded nationally.

“This partnership focuses on creating a pool of highly qualified professionals by offering the unique opportunity to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) with specialized training in mental and behavioral health services for high-need/high demand populations.”

— David M. Skiff, Ph.D., LMSW, M.Div., Social Work Department Chair, BSW Program Director