Instructor of Nursing
Division: Nursing and Health Sciences
Office Location: Health Science Building
Sharon DiPasquale has been a full-time nursing faculty member within the Nursing Department at Becker College since 2008. She came to Becker having worked within the K-8 public education system where she held positions as a school nurse leader (Enhanced School Health Services grant under the Massachusetts Department of Public Health School Health Unit), and a student services coordinator for School Health Room Services, English as a Second language (ESL), and Special Education programming. She also worked most recently within Long Term Care as a nurse administrator and as a community health nurse. DiPasquale’s areas of expertise include gerontology, medical/surgical nursing, school health, and community health nursing.
Furthering her own education, DiPasquale recently met all degree requirements (ADM) for her Ph.D. in nursing education from the University Of Phoenix. Her dissertation research will explore the potential for simulation education experiences to influence student nurse information literacy. She has also attended numerous nursing educator conferences and professional development opportunities to support her interests in simulation education and the integration of technology within nursing curriculum.
An active community volunteer, DiPasquale is a member of many professional nursing organizations. She has a particular interest in nursing informatics and its role in the facilitation of data integration, information, and knowledge to support patients and healthcare personnel in their decision-making. She is pursuing coursework to support eventual certification in nursing informatics.
I view education as student-centered—where the instructor plays a critical role in the development of students’ individualized knowledge, skills, and attitudes to guide effective learning. Individual differences need to be recognized, respected, and even celebrated. All students have strengths, and it is the goal of the educator to assist them in identifying and building upon them. Students should be given opportunities to relate their learning and critical thinking skills to not only their own life experiences, but also to social challenges and problems outside of the classroom. Those who follow this student-centered approach in education are able to foster students’ individuality, empower them, build their self-esteem, and enhance their problem-solving abilities in real-life situations.