Normajean Colby

Normajean Colby, PhD, RN, CNE, CPN

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty of School of Nursing
  • Coordinator of Pediatric Nursing

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Nursing Science Education (2010)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MSN, Burn, Emergency, Trauma (1991)
    Widener University (PA)

About Me

I have been a nurse educator at Widener University for more than 20 years and have truly enjoyed the opportunity to impact the profession through my interactions with student nurses. I also am very fortunate to keep in contact with many of our nursing graduates. 

Pediatric trauma nursing is where my heart lies, but there are numerous other areas of pediatric nursing that I also have experience with and a passion for. Teaching others is a wonderful opportunity, but as lifelong learners, we as nurses are in a position to learn from our patients and their families on a daily basis, and as educators, we learn also from our students.

Research Interests

My research interests include: men in nursing; diversity in the nursing profession; interprofessional education; and collaboration


  • Colby, N. (2013). Seeking gender balance in nursing Lessons to be learned as nursing is described by practicing men in nursing." Presentation at AAMN Conference.
  • Colby, N. (2012). Caring from the male perspective: A gender neutral concept. International Journal for Human Caring, 16 (4), 36-41.
  • Colby, N. (2011). Caring in nursing practice: A concept that transcends gender. Presentation at a STTI Conference.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN), Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), National League for Nursing (NLN), International Association of Human Caring (IAHC), Nursing of Children Network (NCN)


  • Love of Learning Award - Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (2013)
  • Excellence in Leadership Award, Eta Beta Chapter STTI (2013)
  • Outstanding Performance Award- highest score on 2001 CPN exam, PNCB (2002)