Rose Rossi Schwartz

Rose Rossi Schwartz, PhD, RN, CNS-BC

  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor

Programs I Teach


  • 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 impact of genetic disorders/diagnosis on patients and families, ethical issues related to genetic testing, technology in nursing education, and student stress in nursing school.


  • 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 International (STTI) and American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)


  • 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