Patricia Schuldenfrei, RN EdD




32 Ridley Road

Dedham MA 02026

Home: (781) 329- 0379






Experienced healthcare manager seeks an intellectually challenging position of higher responsibility.




·         Twelve years of progressively responsible positions in the Massachusetts community college system.

·         Experienced manager of programs in nursing and allied health.

·         Developed partnerships with major Boston healthcare industries to offer new programs and satellite sites for existing programs

·         Improved faculty productivity in a collective bargaining environment.

·         Developed and maintained division budgets.

·         Guided program accreditation process for four programs.

·         Redirected a failing nursing program.  Achieved national re-accreditation, increased enrollment, healthcare industry support and smoother internal functioning within an 18 - month period.

·         Successfully obtained grants from public and private foundations. 

·         Meticulous organizational skills.

·         Skilled writer  - primary author of accreditation documents, student and faculty policy manuals and professional presentations.

·         Team builder  - able to foster cooperative workplace among diverse employees.

·         Innovator and problem solver   Implemented program to assist students at risk with grant sponsored alumni tutors, worked with state and industry partners to develop potential faculty.   



Professional Positions:


Dean for Nursing, Allied Health, Sports Medicine and Physical Education

Roxbury Community College                  

2001 to present


o        Implemented college/industry partnerships for workforce development, including satellite nursing program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and certified nurse aide training at Dimock Community Health Center.

o        Led successful re-accreditation effort of a nursing program under challenging conditions.

o        Attracted and hired seasoned faculty, mentored novice faculty.

o        Initiated the college’s first courses in physical education, developed six new health/fitness certificate programs and certificate program for mental health workers.

o        Achieved significantly higher level of faculty accountability in a contentious collective bargaining environment.

o        Developed and maintained budget record keeping system for the division in times of college budget inconsistency.

o        Developed advising program for students interested in health careers.  Program advised 300 students in a 24-month period.



Associate Dean for Nursing

Massachusetts Bay Community College             

July 1999  - December 2000


o        Managed budget of 1.6 million dollars.

o        Supervised 60 faculty, 19 full time.

o        Developed and implemented programs in Peri-Operative Nursing and Central Sterile Processing in partnership with Boston hospitals.  Graduates were hired by the hospitals.

o        Significantly increased enrollment in time of college wide enrollment decline.

o        Responsible for management of five programs, including the largest nursing programs in the Commonwealth at the time.



Program Chair Associate Degree Nursing                                                 1993- 1999


o        Responsible for curriculum development and daily management of associate degree nursing program.

o        Developed and maintained clinical placements for 260 students.

o        Taught courses in professional issues and medical-surgical nursing.



Program Director, Associate Degree Nursing                                                        1991 - 1993

North Shore Community College, Danvers MA


Coordinator, Nursing Education                                                                           1987 - 1993

Leonard Morse Hospital, Natick MA


  • Developed and managed nurse refresher program that saved the hospital $300,000 in recruitment and orientation costs within six months.
  • Developed, marketed and managed continuing education programs for nursing and allied health that provided a profit center for the hospital.



Faculty, Maternal/Child Nursing                                                                           1982 - 1987

Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Medford MA





Boston University

Educational Doctorate, Adult and Continuing Education






Boston University

Master of Science in Nursing






University of Rhode Island

Bachelor of Science in Nursing           





Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing









Presentations and Publications:


2003. Who Will Teach Our Future Nurses? Innovative Programs to Address the Nurse Faculty Shortage. Audio conference sponsored by National League for Nursing, Nurse Educator Workforce Advisory Council in cooperation with Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  May 8, 2003.


2003. What does she do?. On Call Magazine: Supplement to the Boston Globe. (1), 22.


2003. Create a nurse: A Collaborative, worksite based associate degree program.  Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching and Learning. Spring meeting, Barnstable, MA.


2003.  High risk students: Help push them over the fence into professional life.  Community College Times. 15,(4), 8.


2002.  More than a scholarship: Developing partnerships with healthcare to meet student and industry needs.  The College Board New England Regional Conference, Worcester, MA.


2000. (with Joyce Ifill). Building a web of success: Program development along a product line. National Council of Continuing Education and Training conference, Jacksonville, Florida.


 2000. (with others) Use of the Health Occupations Basic Entrance test (HOBET) to predict student academic success in health professions programs.  New England Association of Schools and Colleges Conference, Springfield, MA.


1998. No heavy lifting: making safety work. American Journal of Nursing. 98,(9), 46-48. 


1997. (with Cynthia Zafft). Role play: the flight simulator for management education in nursing. The Scholar - Massachusetts Community College Council. spring, 1997, 9-11.


1997. (with others) Community based nursing education in practice. Poster presentation at Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing Conference, Worcester, MA


1995. (with Cynthia Zafft). Innovative teaching of management skills. Nurse Educator. 20, (6),



1993. Can competency based education survive the nineties? Nurse Educator. 18,(5),38.


1990. Moral development in licensed practical nurses enrolled in an associate degree program in nursing. Boston University. unpublished doctoral dissertation.


1990. (with Ruth Hopper and Marie Vartanian) A supportive, successful refresher program. Journal of Nursing Staff Development. September-October 1990, 240-242.





Professional Memberships:


National League for Nursing


Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing, Associate Degree Council.  Past president and secretary.


Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives


Professional Boards and Community Service:


Boston Health Area and Research Industry Training Institute         

            Regional Industry Team                                                              2002

            Curriculum Committee                                                                2002                


Dimock Community Health Curriculum Committee                                    2002- present


Hebrew Rehabilitation Center For Aged                                                    2002 –present

            Incumbent Worker Project

Planning and Evaluation Team


Madison Park High School, Health Careers Advisory Board                       2001 – present


Boston Public Schools, Health Education and                                          2001- present

Careers Network Advisory Board


Addressing the Health Care Labor Force Shortage

            Boston’s Health Care Consortium                                                2001 – 2002


Massachusetts Board of Higher Education          

            Certification and Licensure Committee                                         2001- 2002


Massachusetts Community College Health Care Administrators                 2001  - present



Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

            Nursing Advisory Board                                                              1997 – 2001


Framingham State College

            Nursing Advisory Board                                                              1994 – 2001


Roxbury Community College                                                                   2003

Medical Office Administrative Assistant

Advisory Board