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Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, , PhD(c), MSN, RN

Widener University PhD
Home Wapwallopen PA United States


Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly is a student at Widener University in the PhD program. The focus of her dissertation is student engagement in the online learning environment. Darlene received a Masters of Science degree and Post-Masters certificate from Misericordia University. Her clinical practice and teaching experience includes nursing research and evidence-based practice, informatics, obstetrics, medical/surgical, and pediatric nursing. Darlene is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified in Inpatient Obstetrical Nursing. She is a member of the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Eastern Nursing Research Society, American Nurses Association, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She is a certified Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor and serves on various committees including the Institutional Review Board, Nursing Research Council, and Sigma Theta Tau. She has also received university summer grants for scholarly work.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Education/Inter-professional education
Dissertation: Emotional Engagement: The Relationships Among Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness in the Online Learning Environment