Bio

The education mission is led by Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP, who was named associate dean in 2015 and served as director of the school’s DNP program since 2014. Rotondo is a national contributor to advancing DNP education and a member of AACN’s Essentials Implementation Faculty Toolkit workgroup. She has published and presented on DNP scholarship, competency-based education, and integration of technology in nursing education. She was selected as a 2018 AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Fellow and 2020 Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Rotondo’s vision as the associate dean for education and student affairs has been the development of a learning organization that fosters collaboration and creativity to design novel educational approaches in active learning environments to prepare graduates for the complexity of 21st century health care. Under her leadership, there has been strategic investment in building academic-practice partnerships, expanding education technology, and developing academic innovation infrastructure to optimize teaching and learning in an inclusive, supportive environment.  



Awards
Professional Advancement Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing (URSON), 2015

Cum Laude Society, Inaugural Honorary Inductee
Arendell Parrott Academy, 2013

Founders Medal Nominee
Vanderbilt University, 2013

Sigma Theta Tau Award - for academic achievement and leadership
University of Pennsylvania, 1986

Clinical Excellence Award
Pennsylvania Nurses’ Association, 1986

Commencement Speaker
Georgetown University School of Nursing, 1981

Dean’s Medal - Awarded for highest academic average for four years
Georgetown University, 1981

Dean’s Citation - Awarded for outstanding contributions and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities
Georgetown University, 1981

Presentations
DNP Prepared CNLs: Leveraging Connections and Benefiting from Synergies.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Doctoral Education Nursing Conference, 2017
San Diego, California

Professional Pathways in Nursing. Accelerated Program for Non Nurses.
APNN, University of Rochester School of Nursing (URSON), 2017
Rochester, New York

Promoting Formation of Clinical Scholars in DNP Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference, 2016
Naples, Florida

Latest Trends in DNP Education.
University of Rochester School of Nursing, Faculty Forum, 2016
Rochester, New York

The Future of Nursing: Embracing our Roots, Expanding our Reach
Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter, Induction Ceremony, 2015
Rochester, New York

Maximizing Opportunities for Innovation in Clinical Scholarship
Research & Innovation Grand Rounds, 2015
Rochester, New York

Lifestyles in American Surgery: The Spouse’s Perspective
Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2004
Tampa, Florida

Pain Management: Central Narcotic Administration
Trauma Course, Crozer Chester Medical Center (CCMC), 1999
Upland, Pennsylvania

Spinal and Epidural Narcotic Administration
Critical Care Course, Crozer Chester Medical Center (CCMC), 1999
Upland, Pennsylvania

Publications
Rotondo, L. (2016). DNP Dialogue: National nursing leaders to speak at URSON DNP summit on October 28th.. Sovie Institute Newsletter, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)..

Rotondo, L. (2016). DNP Dialogue: School of nursing DNP graduates are making a difference at URMC and beyond.. Sovie Institute Newsletter, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)..

Rotondo, L. (2016). DNP Dialogue: National NP organization reaffirms commitment to DNP for entry to practice.. Sovie Institute Newsletter, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)..

Rotondo, L. (2015). DNP Dialogue: Practice innovation spotlight. Sovie Institute Newsletter, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)..