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Quinnipiac University associate dean Leslie Neal-Boylan of Hamden wins Book of the Year award from American Journal of Nursing

Leslie Neal-Boylan
Leslie Neal-Boylan

Leslie Neal-Boylan, associate dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, has won a Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) for “Nurses with Disabilities: Professional Issues and Job Retention.”

Neal-Boylan, of Hamden, said the book is based on her research of registered nurses with physical and/or sensory disabilities and discusses the discrimination these nurses frequently face when seeking employment and on the job.

“It is clear from the research that nurses with disabilities find ways to safely compensate for what they may have difficulty doing using typical methods,” she said. “I hope that the book will help the nursing profession, schools of nursing and prospective employers recognize that nurses with disabilities should be assessed based on their ability to think critically rather than on their physical capabilities.”

Neal-Boylan is one of four Quinnipiac faculty members honored with Book of the Year awards. Prospect’s Cynthia Barrere, professor of nursing and chair of faculty development, and Cheshire’s Mary Helming, professor of nursing, were recognized as associated editors for “Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (6th edition)” by Barbara M. Dossey and Lynn Keegan.

The book is a foundational text for holistic nursing that has been used in practice, education, research and healthcare policy.

Additionally, Wolcott’s Mary Ann Cordeau, assistant professor of nursing and BSN track coordinator, was recognized for contributing a chapter titled "Care of the Hospitalized Older Adult with Abdominal Surgery for Colon Cancer" in the book “Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators.” 

Neal-Boylan has published eight scholarly books and more than 90 peer-reviewed articles on topics related to the nurse workforce, including home health nursing and nurses with disabilities.

Neal-Boylan, who was appointed associate dean in July, 2012, holds a PhD in nursing from George Mason University, a master's degree in nursing from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Rutgers University. She also has a post master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Marymount University. She is also certified in home health, rehabilitation and rheumatology.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, she was graduate program coordinator at Southern Connecticut State University. She also taught at the Yale School of Nursing, where she was an associate professor.

In August, Neal-Boylan was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was honored for her scholarly work to promote home health care nurses and raise awareness about nurses with disabilities.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,500 full-time undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2013 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

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