Rose Rossi Schwartz

Rose Rossi, PhD, MBA, RN

  • Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
  • Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Nursing Science/Nursing Education (2008)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MSN, Adult Health and Illness (1989)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • BSN, Nursing (1985)
    Villanova University (PA)

About Me

Stories are a glimpse into the soul of a person. As a narrative researcher, I know of the transformative power of storytelling. Stories help us develop a deeper appreciation of the complexity of the human experience. As a teacher, my role is to help students go beyond the facts. It is equally important to help students grow as people, support their professional and intellectual development, and to expand their world views. Through this growth process, students better understand themselves, their clients, and the clients' experiences.

Research Interests

My research interests include the Business of Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, Student Success, Genetics and ethics.

Media Expertise

•    Undergraduate programming in nursing
•    Technology in the classroom
•    Medical-surgical nursing
•    Nursing ethics and genetics


  • Evans, C. & Schwartz, R. (2019). Using tabletop exercises as a innovative and practical teaching strategy in response to external disasters. Nursing Perspectives, Jan/Feb; 40(1), 62-64. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000308
  • Schwartz, R.R. (2010). Ripples from a stone skipping across the lake: A narrative approach to the meaning of Huntington's disease, Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 42 (3), 157–168.
  • Stewart-Amidei, C., Villanueva, N., Schwartz, R., Delemos, C., West, T. Tocco, S., Cartwright, C., Jones, R., Blank-Reid, C., & Haymore, J. (2010) American Association of Neuroscience Nurses scope and standard of practice for neuroscience advanced practice nurses. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 42 (3), E1–E8.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Beta Chapter (Past-president)


  • 2018 Faculty Advisor of the Year (Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania)
  • Research Grant funded by Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Faculty Development Grant funded by Widener University
  • Best abstract at the World Federation of Neuroscience Nursing


In the Media


  • A research team consisting of faculty, students, and an alumni in the School of Nursing published a study examining nurse faculty administrators’ experiences of rapid transition and disruption in nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Published in the journal Nursing Education Perspectives, co-authors Anne Krouse, dean of nursing, Kristen McLaughlin, nursing graduate, Rose Rossi, associate dean of undergraduate nursing, Wendy Black-Dorn, nursing PhD candidate, Bette Mariani, nursing graduate, and Barbara Patterson, director of the nursing science doctoral program, implemented a descriptive survey methodology to understand the experiences of academic nurse administrators during the pandemic. The survey utilized the Four Cs of Disaster Partnering conceptual framework which encompasses communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration and the interrelatedness of those activities in partnering relationships. The authors' findings showed that key elements of the Four Cs framework played a role in the successful adaptation to new learning environment realities.

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  • 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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