Kathleen Mastrian

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Emeritus Associate Professor, Nursing
Office Phone
Office Location
104 McDowell Hall
147 Shenango Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146

Dr. Mastrian has been involved in the education of non-traditional aged students for over 36 years in the RN to BS nursing program. She pioneered the use of Credit by Portfolio Assessment to award advanced standing nursing credit for registered nurses. She has also been active in the development of technology-enhanced courses for registered nurses facilitating asynchronous participation and active and collaborative learning. 

She is one of the founding proposers to place the RN to BS program online for the Penn State’s World Campus, has developed six of the courses for that curriculum, and teaches at least one section per semester for the World Campus program. 

Her non-nursing interests include golf, yoga, snowshoeing, reading, and traveling. She is also a therapeutic drum circle facilitator. She regularly conducts drum circles at the local Senior Center.

Research Interests

Informatics and the transformational impact on healthcare


“Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge 3e” (Jones and Bartlett 2009, 2012, & 2015) that has been marketed in the US and abroad. The American Journal of Nursing recently recognized this text as a book of the year. The 4th edition will be released in March of 2017.

Co-author of Integrating Technology in Nursing Education: Tools for the Knowledge Age (Jones and Bartlett 2010) that also won AJN Book of the year for 2010.

Informatics for Health Professionals was published by Jones and Bartlett in March 2016.

Has published over 30 nursing journal articles


PhD in Medical Sociology, Kent State University

Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Pennsylvania State University