Meet Our Nursing Faculty

The Emmanuel College Nursing Programs provide students with access to some of the top nursing professionals in the industry. With Emmanuel's small class sizes, students get personalized attention from the nursing faculty, whether they choose the RN-to-BSN, MSN, or Graduate Certificate Programs. Learn about our nursing professors:

  • Nursing faculty backgrounds
  • Nursing courses they teach
  • Publications and awards
  • Focus of their nursing research

Kelly Ellis

Nursing Lab and Clinical Placement Coordinator
MSN, Emmanuel College


Carol Femia

BSN Chair
DNP, Northeastern University; MSN, MGH Institute of Health Professions; B.S., St. Lawrence University


Raquel Reynolds

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., MSN, BSN,  University of Texas at Austin


Kristine Ruggiero

Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., UMass Boston; MSN, Yale University; B.S., Fairfield University


Diane Shea

Associate Dean and Professor of Nursing
Ph.D. and BSN, Boston College; MSN, University of California at Los Angeles


Sheila Silva

Assistant Professor of Nursing and MSN Chair
D.N.P., Regis College; MSN, BSN, University of Massachusetts Boston


Lisa Walsh

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., Endicott College; MSN, Walden University; BSN, Fitchburg State College


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Setting the Standard for Nursing Excellence

Within the Maureen Murphy Wilkens School of Nursing & Clinical Sciences, students gain the type of hands-on, practical experience that helps them emerge as well-rounded, in-demand nursing professionals.

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Nick Eline '23: Perseverance in a Pandemic

Nick grew up in a family of medical professionals—his mother and grandmother are both nurses and his father is a paramedic. “I’ve always been surrounded with medical jargon and stories of health incidents, crises, and the rewarding benefits of providing care,” he said.

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MSN in Nursing Management Opens Doors for Edward

After more than a decade as an RN at New England Baptist Hospital, Castella Edward MSN '16 decided take the next step in her career, building upon experience to enhance her daily practice, take a more active role in policy review and more.

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Svensson MSN '16 Hopes to Pay it Forward as Nursing Educator

While earning her MSN in nursing education at Emmanuel, Briana Svensson benefited from the "countless differing viewpoints, fresh perspectives and wisdom gained from decades of collective professional experience" that changed her-as a student, a nurse and a person-for the better.

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