Darlene Foley Headshot

Darlene L. Foley, MSN, RN, CSN

  • Clinical Lecturer

Affiliated Programs


  • MSN, Nursing Education (2018)
    Immaculata University (PA)
  • BA, Education (2002)
    Neumann University (PA)

About Me

Nursing is my second career; my first career was education. It is my love for nursing and education that led me to become a Nurse Educator. My specialty is psychiatric mental health nursing. I joined Widener School of Nursing in 2017 as a Psychiatric Mental Health clinical instructor before transitioning to a clinical lecturer position in the undergraduate program.

I believe that nursing is both an art and a science. As an educator, I recognize the importance of creating an environment of trust and respect conducive to learning. As a nurse, I emphasize the importance of caring and compassion in the classroom and clinical settings. My teaching approach integrates the art and science of nursing. I support students in developing critical thinking skills and learning how to "think like a nurse”.  I employ tools and techniques in the classroom designed to enhance self-awareness, self-care, prioritization, and creative problem solving. 

I embrace lifelong learning. My professional and educational experiences have provided me with the opportunity for continual learning and growth. As a nurse educator, I share this orientation with excitement and passion. I strive to encourage and inspire students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate health care providers.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), American Nurses Association (ANA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National League for Nursing (NLN), Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES)