Kathleen A. Hassey, MEd, RN, BSN Adjunct Professor
Phone (716) 888-8296
Kathy Hassey has a BA in Biology and received her BSN from Boston University School of Nursing. She worked at Mount Auburn Hospital as a Med/Surg Nurse, an Assistant Head Nurse and Head nurse for a 42 bed Surgical Unit. While raising her four children (who are now 22, 24, 25 and 26), she worked as a Nursing supervisor at Deaconess Waltham Hospital for 12 years. She entered School Health in 1999 as the Nurse Leader for the Hudson Public Schools in Massachusetts and wrote the Essential School Health Services Grant for over one million dollars for district health services over five years. Her responsibilities grew to include not only overseeing the School Nurses for six schools, but also Health Education and Physical Education, District 504 Coordinator and Municipal Medicaid Coordinator.
Kathy received her Masters in Education in 2001 and has taught Graduate Courses including “Legal and Ethical Issues for School Nurses”, “Leadership in School Nursing”, Grant Writing for School Nurses”, “Presentation Skills for School Nurses” for Cambridge College, and Leadership Issues in School and Community Health, and Health Impacts on Academics K-12 for Canisius College. Kathy presented in June 2009 at the National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference in Boston on School Nurse Advocacy and how it has worked in Massachusetts. She has participated in media presentations on school nursing services such as Physician Focus and Channel 5, WCVB. She has been a member of the Massachusetts Children’s Mental Health Task Force for the past 6 years.
Kathy is presently the Director of the School Health Institute at Northeastern University and is responsible for providing the continuing education for the 2,100 school nurses in MA. Kathy is also Past President of the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization 2007-2009.