Who is Norma Jean Colby?


Pennsylvania RN-288477-L
Delaware LI-0021575
New Jersey NR 94050


Certified Pediatric Nurse, Certificate Number 20010603 by The National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, Inc.

Basic Life Support Instructor, Certificate Number BN0665, American Heart Association

Educational Background

Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Doctorate of Nursing Science Degree. Currently enrolled. Matriculation date: Spring, 2001. Status: ABD

Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Post-Master’s Certificate: Nursing Education. May, 2002.

Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Masters of Science Degree in Nursing (Burn, Emergency, Trauma tract), May, 1991. Cumulative Grade Point Average: 4.00
Functional area: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical focus: Pediatric Burn, Emergency, Trauma

Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (Minor in Psychology) May, 1987. Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.99

The Christian Academy, Media, Pennsylvania. College Preparatory Diploma, June, 1983.


Lecturer, School of Nursing, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Teach and evaluate students’ needs and abilities in the clinical and classroom setting. Evaluation through observation of direct patient care, participation in pre/post conferences, papers/projects, written careplans. Responsible for academic advisement of nursing students representing all levels of study (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Active participation on School of Nursing and University committees. January, 1996 to present.

Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) Instructor, ECELS division of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Deliver first aid training to child care providers in the Delaware County area utilizing the lesson plans and program established by ECELS. Further, incorporate the role of Health Consultant into the Pediatrics Course taught at Widener University, School of Nursing. September, 2001 to present.

Staff Nurse, Bayada Nursing Agency, Media, Pennsylvania. Provide nursing care in the home to a pediatric population with complex care needs. Perform assessments and collaborate with health care team and assist family members to perform such care effectively. November, 1999 to May, 2002.

Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, Delaware. Fulfill the roles of collaborator, consultant, change agent and clinician as the Institute’s Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist. Participate in research studies, patient/family teaching and hospital nursing staff education. Responsibilities include both inpatient and outpatient populations, as well as community involvement. May, 1992 to January, 1996.

Staff Nurse, Home Health Corporation of America, OB/Pediatric Division, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Provide nursing care in the home to a pediatric population with specialized care needs, including ventilator-dependency and intravenous therapy. Assist the parent(s)/guardians to perform such care efficiently. September, 1991 to January, 1996.

Clinical Instructor, Widener University School of Nursing, Chester, Pennsylvania. Teach and evaluate students’ needs and abilities in the clinical setting. Evaluation through written assignments and observation of direct patient and family care. Fall, 1993; Summer, 1994.

Primary Nurse (Level IV), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Serve as a “clinical arm” to the management team by exemplifying characteristics consistent with Patricia Benner’s description of the proficient and expert practitioner. Utilizing the nursing process, care for patients and families with complex problems. Also, demonstrate clinical leadership on the unit and promote quality patient care by serving as a resource and consultant to other staff members. January, 1991 to May, 1992.

Clinical Instructor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Teach and evaluate students’ needs and abilities in the clinical setting. Evaluation through written assignments, observation of actual direct patient care, seminars, term papers. Fall, 1991 to May, 1992.

Primary Nurse, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Coordinate all aspects of care, within a multi-disciplinary approach, of several children at a time. Focus on teaching families the care of their ill child, precept new graduates and other nurses, and represent the unit on various nursing committees. January, 1990 to May, 1992.

Staff Nurse, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Provide nursing care to a pediatric population of ventilator-dependent children within intensive care complex. Deal primarily with physical, growth and development and family issues. June, 1987 to January, 1990.

Preceptor/Instructor, Widener University School of Nursing, (undergraduate program, under the direction of Lynne Leach RN, MSN). Through written tests and demonstrations, evaluated undergraduate nursing students of techniques necessary for clinical practice. Fall, 1988.

Positions and Professional Memberships

National League for Nursing, member 8/00 to present
Pennsylvania League for Nursing, member 3/01 to present
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, Inc., Member 3/99 to present
Society of Pediatric Nurses, member 4/02 to present
Nursing of Children Network, member 10/02 to present
Recording Secretary, Executive Committee of the Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, 1988 - 1990, 1992-1994, 1998-2000, and 2000-present.
Pediatric Trauma Certification (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Chapter 214, Board Member Summer. 2004 to present
Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Who’s Who Among Students of American Universities and Colleges
International Who’s Who of Professionals (2000 edition)


The National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, Inc. “Outstanding Performance Award” for performance on and highest score on the Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam 2001. Awarded at the SPN Conference April, 2002
WUSNA award (bestowed by student membership, Spring, 1997 and Spring, 2000).
Valedictorian, Widener University, 1987
Kenneth R. Johnson Memorial Award (Widener University), 1987
Dr. Theresa I. Lynch Award (Widener University), 1987
Howard C. Henderson Award (Widener University), 1987
Dean’s List, 1983-1987
Kimberly D. Walton Award (Widener University), May, 1986
Nursing Scholarship, Crozer Nurses Alumni Association
Salutatorian, Christian Academy, 1983


Patterson, B., Morin, K., & Colby, N. “The Experience of Being Cared for by Nursing Students after Giving Birth”.

Colby, N. & Savage, L. “Nurses’ Attitudes Toward Impaired Nurses” (unpublished master’s study, Widener University, 1989).


“The Experience of Being Cared for by a Student Nurse after Giving Birth”, September 20, 2003, presented at the 2003 National League for Nursing Education Summit: Nursing Education – New Visions, New Realities, San Antonio, Texas

“The Experience of Being Cared for by Nursing Students after Giving Birth” Poster Presentation given at the Sigma Theta Tau – Eta Beta Chapter Widener University School of Nursing Nineteenth Annual Research Conference, March 21, 2003

“Increasing Cultural Awareness” given to the School of Nursing and School of Physical Therapy faculty and student bodies at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2003.

“The ABCs of Asthma” given to The Timothy Academy faculty and teaching staff, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 12, 2003

“The ABC’s of Asthma” given to the staff and faculty at St. Timothy’s Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 19, 2003

“Teaching Medication Administration for Conceptual Understanding” given to The Pennsylvania League for Nursing, Safe Medication Use: Approaches for Nurse Educators, March 16, 2001, 2001 Annual Conference, at LaSalle University, Bucks County Center

“Children in the Acute Care Setting: a Slide Presentation” given to Women’s Society Meeting at Trinity United Methodist Church, May, 1991

“The Many Faces of Nursing” given to Wissahicken High School, May, 1998.

“What do Nurses Do?” given to Kindergarten class children at The Christian Academy, Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, October, 2000.


Kelly, L. & Colby, N. (2003). Teaching Medication Calculation for Conceptual Understanding. Journal of Nursing Education, 42(10), 468-471. (accepted for publication January 30, 2003).

Rationale Item Writing, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, Summer, 2002.

“Who’s Sick?”, published in the Nursing Spectrum, November 1, 1999, Vol. 8, No.22, p28.

“Pediatric Nursing”, published in the WUSNA Ascendancy, October, 2000, Vol. 1, Issue 1.

“Teaching Medication Calculation for Conceptual Understanding”, Online: www.paleaguefornursing.com 3/16/01


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Last Revised: 11/04

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