Sandie and Louis Nadelson
Sandie Nadelson and her husband Louis Nadelson both of whom are CMU faculty.


An Educated Passion

CMU faculty members have achieved many and varied degrees and Assistant Professor of Nursing Sandie Nadelson, PhD, is no different. Nadelson’s arsenal consists of multiple state university degrees including a bachelor of science, two masters of science, a post masters certificate and her doctorate. 

“I just love to learn and ever since I was a little kid I have loved to be in school,” Nadelson said. 

Nadelson loved watching her mom be creative and have fun teaching kindergartners. When Nadelson reached a point in her own education where she could combine her love of nursing and teaching, she happily put the two together. With having spent much of her own time as a student, Nadelson said, “I can understand like what it is to be a student, what students need, and I can relate in that way.”

Nadelson emphasizes to her students that, “being thoughtful and being caring are some of the most important things to be a nurse.” She invests in her students; cultivating their own “inner strength” or ability to stand up for what they believe is right.

In addition to her passion for teaching at CMU, Nadelson is a driving force behind making a nursing education more accessible to those who are not able to attend a university. After attending a nursing conference where AARP and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation shared their special interest in addressing the shortage of educated nurses in rural areas, Nadelson developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

With little advertising, the MOOC had more than 500 people register, not just from the U.S., but from all over the world. “We had people from Africa, Asia, Europe, everywhere! It was amazing the students that came to this class,” said Nadelson. She quickly realized she needed to expand the MOOC to include information applicable to nursing around the globe.

Nadelson’s favorite part about school, online or in the classroom, is learning from those around her. “I just love people. I wouldn’t be a nurse if I wasn’t a people person,” she said.

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