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Faculty Member Earns Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dulcey J. Messersmith, instructor of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University.

Her dissertation was titled “Improving Pain in Older Adults Using a Focused Education Program With Practical Nursing Students.” Research for the dissertation was carried out at Penn College with advanced-level practical nursing students. Her goal is to improve pain-management outcomes in the older adult.

Dulcey J. Messersmith
Dulcey J. Messersmith

Messersmith has been a full-time nursing instructor at Penn College for three years. Prior to that, she was an adjunct faculty member at Penn College and the Northern Tier Career Center in Towanda. Her focus is women’s health, geriatrics and community health. She has experience working in obstetrics, long-term care and industrial health nursing.

She resides in New Albany and is a graduate of Sullivan County High School. She received a practical nursing diploma from the Northern Tier Career Center, an associate degree in nursing from Penn College, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from University of Phoenix, and a master’s degree in nursing education from Mansfield University.

Penn College offers a certificate in practical nursing, as well as associate and bachelor’s degrees for Registered Nurse preparation. To learn more about these majors, call 570-327-4519 or visit

For more about the college, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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