Cathleen A. Evans

Cathleen A. Evans, PhD, RN, CEN, CNE, NHDP-BC

  • Assistant Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Nursing

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Research and Education (2016)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MSN, Emergency/Critical Care Focus, Nurse Educator Role (2007)
    Widener University (PA)

About Me

My teaching philosophy is to facilitate opportunities for each student to assess his or her experience and build knowledge, skills, and abilities suitable for the nursing profession. With each teaching-learning encounter, I make a deliberate effort to create situations where the student explores what they already know and build new knowledge into behaviors. With the use of questioning, I remind students that cues and clues from previous learning provide opportunities to link and relate what is known to what is unknown.

As an educator, I strive to establish a learning environment that promotes discovery, application, integration, and self-appraisal of each student's learning. These abilities build capabilities and confidence enabling the student to ask questions and support the nursing process, which is the expected practice behavior of a nurse providing patient care. My goal for each student is to support their growth of justified thinking, benevolence, citizenship, and responsibility to community, collaborative teamwork, and leadership.

My personal and professional expertise is in emergency/disaster care and education. I believe nurses are a critical component of the National Preparedness Goal to achieve community resilience for a readied nation. All emergencies and disasters are local, and nurses will be called upon to provide usual care in very unusual circumstances. The education of a readied workforce is my passion.

Research Interests

Disaster Nursing Education, Learning Transfer and Disaster Nursing Education

Media Expertise

  • Emergency nursing
  • Disaster nursing
  • Medical-surgical nursing
  • Undergraduate nursing education research
  • Community disaster education
  • Interprofessional healthcare disaster readiness education 


  • Evans, C., Baumberger-Henry, & Martin, S. (2018). Fire! Facilitating long term care emergency preparedness. Journal of Nursing Management. 49, 47-50. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000547840.81621.e2
  • Evans, C. A., Baumberger-Henry, M., Schwartz, R. A., & Veenema, T. (2018).  Nursing students’ transfer of learning during a disaster tabletop exercise. Nurse Educator. 44, 278-283. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000602
  • Evans, C. & Schwartz, R. (2019). Using tabletop exercises as an innovative and practical teaching strategy in response to external disasters. Nursing Education Perspectives, Jan/Feb; 40 (1), 62-64. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000308
  • Evans, C., & Baumberger-Henry. (2017). The tabletop matrix: Determining reliability for a criterion-referenced performance measure. Journal of Nursing Education, 56, 509-513, doi 10.3928/01484834-20170712-12
  • Evans, C. A., & Veenema, T. (2017). The role of the nurse in reverse triage: A review of the literature. Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing, 4, 5-11.
  • Evans, C., & Baumberger-Henry, M. (2014).  Readiness: How prepared are you?  Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40, 448-452. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2014.03.006

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), National League of Nursing (NLN), and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing


  • Dean's Award (2016)
  • Williamson's Award Abington Memorial Hospital (2012)
  • Nursing Excellence Award, Abington Memorial Hospital (2006, 2008)


In the Media


  • Nursing Faculty Publish in Nurse Educator

    Assistant Professor Cathleen Evans, Professor Mary Baumberger-Henry, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor Rose Schwartz published a study in the journal Nurse Educator that demonstrated the transfer of learning that takes place among nursing students during disaster scenario tabletop exercises.

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