Department of Nursing
Dr. Thomas White
Chairperson and professor in the Nursing department, Dr. Tom White received his nursing certificate from Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Edinboro University and his Doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, he maintains a clinical practice as a certified registered nurse practitioner at Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, Pa. His areas of concentration include emergency medicine, family medicine, and occupational health.
Viki Hedderick joined the Edinboro Nursing faculty in 2003 after more than 20 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to coming to EU, she held various positions including bedside nurse (Critical Care), consultant and manager. While at Edinboro, she has served in many roles in the Nursing Department as the NCLEX Success Chair, ATI Coordinator and the Innovative Nursing program Coordinator, Senior Day Lead, Assistant Chair and Acting Chairperson.
Her clinical expertise in the area of Critical Care Nursing lends well to the courses she teaches that span all levels of the curriculum. This includes: Fundamentals in Nursing (NURS 201/202) to sophomores, Pharmacology (NURS 320) to juniors and Adult Health II (NURS 403)to seniors.
Students describe her as very animated, interesting and full of stories that relate to the course content. It is that engaging teaching style that led her to winning the 2015 Elsevier Leading Star in Education, a national award to recognize active learning in the classroom. She has completed dozens of book reviews for nursing and her research interests include anything that focuses on student success in the classroom and on NCLEX.
Dr. Hedderick is an active member in the Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society holding officer roles of president, counselor and delegate for the Edinboro Chapter, Nu Theta.
Her world outside of academics is all about her family and her faith - her husband (a Finance professor) and her 2 daughters in high school. To unwind, she also enjoys walks with her husband and reading non-textbooks.
Dr. Terri Astorino has been a part of the EU faculty since 1999, after having taught for eight years at Saint Vincent Health Center School of Nursing. Prior to teaching, she worked as a staff nurse/charge nurse in a Cardiac and Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Since coming to EU, she has served as a faculty member in the Nursing Department’s undergraduate baccalaureate program, as well as having taught in the accelerated second baccalaureate nursing program, and most recently became the Director of the Human Patient Simulation Laboratory. She is passionate about simulation integration across the curriculum and works with all faculty to incorporate simulation into clinical nursing courses. She has written and been awarded grant funding of more than $200,000 to financially support the purchases of human patient simulators and the equipment necessary to run a state of the art simulation laboratory.
She serves on a multitude of departmental and university-wide committees and had been recommended for Educator of the Year. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.
In addition to serving on the Erie County Mental Health/Intellectual Disability Board, she is a very active community volunteer. Her family remains the source of her pride. She is married and the proud parent of two grown sons, a daughter (who is also a nurse) and her Yorkie Lucy. She enjoys shopping, reading, tennis, biking and kayaking.
Dr. Meg Larson is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and MSN for Family Nurse Practitioner programs in the Edinboro and Clarion University consortium. She holds a DNP from Robert Morris University and her BSN and MSN from Edinboro University. She also holds a Certificate in Medical Education Curriculum and Program development from the University of New England.
Dr. Larson is a primary care practitioner at a rural health clinic in northwestern Pennsylvania. She is a clinical champion for patient education and the electronic health record. She piloted telehealth programs for patients who have no access to specialized care because of geography and healthcare provider shortages. She is a frequent preceptor for nurse practitioner students from Edinboro University and Gannon University.
She has been a practicing nurse for more than 28 years and has been an Advanced Practice Nurse for 18. Her experience has covered a number of specialties including medical, surgical, immunology, orthopedic, postpartum and critical care. She now works as a nurse practitioner in family practice. Dr. Larson has received many awards in her practice including a letter of commendation from the secretary of the Veterans Administration.
Her research focused on patient and provider communication and health literacy. She published on the topic and continues to work with professional health care providers to improve patient–provider communication. Dr. Larson remains interested in health literacy, rural and telehealth and clinical collaboration to promote better care. She is an advocate for nurses and nursing education.
Dr. Susan Maloney just completed her 10th year teaching in the nursing department at Edinboro University. She has been active as the lead theory and clinical instructor in mental/behavioral health nursing courses. She enthusiastically continues to develop this course through active collaboration with the Attorney General’s office and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to include drug diversion and impaired nurse education. Additionally, a campus-wide suicide prevention/mental health first aid focus group is under collaboration with department peers and national organizations.
Since her tenure, she has been active on various departmental committees including program evaluation, in-service and publications, search and scholarship committees and student athlete advisement. She is active across campus disciplines through her university-wide appointment to the Senate Research and university-wide Curriculum sub-committee on courses committees.
Prior to her teaching assignment, she worked on campus in the Ghering Health center.
In her professional life outside of academia, she maintains active clinical roles as a board certified family nurse practitioner for the last 17 years in various healthcare settings, and also works privately as a health psychologist addressing women’s health, fitness, depression and body image issues.
Her civic and cultural volunteer service work includes being an active board and health advisory member to Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program (CHAPS) in Meadville where she offers nutrition, health and recovery education to consumers. She is a member of St. Mary’s Parish and the local Meadville YMCA.
In her free time she enjoys working out as a gluten-free athlete and mom to Annie.
Dr. Lucille Morrison, CRNP, received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA. She is a professor of nursing. She teaches medical-surgical, fundamental and maternal-child courses in the traditional and Innovative nursing programs. She teaches clinical courses in the MSN Clarion/Edinboro program. She serves as thesis chair for MSN students. She works in clinical practice as a CRNP.