University Communications

Beth Chiatti Joins Division of Nursing

Beth Chiatti, M.S.N., R.N., C.S.N., of Blue Bell, Pa. is a new nursing instructor in Immaculata University´s Division of Nursing. She is teaching in all three of Immaculata´s nursing programs: pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing, R.N. to B.S.N., and M.S.N., and the courses she is teaching include Maternal-Child/Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Leadership, Fundamentals of Nursing Research, Anthropology and Health, and Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators.
Before taking this new position at Immaculata, Chiatti was an adjunct faculty member at Immaculata and a lecturer, the maternal-child coordinator, and the director of the BSN2 second degree nursing program at Eastern University. While at Eastern, she taught Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Leadership, Nursing Research, Health Care Informatics and Health Care Ethics on the undergraduate level, and Epidemiology & Public Health and World Health Issues on the master´s level. She has experience in a broad range of settings in the health care industry, having worked as a school nurse, a case manager, a medical-legal consultant, and a registered nurse.
A graduate of Immaculata´s M.S.N. and School Nurse Certification programs, Chiatti is a Ph.D. candidate at Widener University. She also holds a business management certification from the Wharton School and a bachelor´s in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a nurse manager certification. Her dissertation is an ethnography of an Ethiopian immigrant community´s traditional beliefs and practices related to health care, reflecting her interests in cross-cultural studies, anthropology, global health issues, and women´s health. She has taken nursing students on a cultural immersion/service learning trip to El Salvador and co-authored an article titled "A tale of compassion in El Salvador: The instructor-student therapeutic relationship." She has published other articles and given presentations on different cultures´ traditional beliefs about health, instructor-student relationships, childhood obesity, and end-of-life issues.
In keeping with her research interests, Chiatti is a member of the Transcultural Nursing Society and the American Anthropological Society´s Section for Medical Anthropology. For seven years, she has served as an elected officer in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and she won her chapter´s Outstanding Nurse Award for Nursing Education in 2010, and the President´s Award for Distinguished Service to the Chapter in 2009. She received the Nurse Scholars Award from Independence Blue Cross in 2004 and again in 2005.
"I consider it a privilege to be an educator and I love to teach," commented Chiatti. "I believe that it is our mission in higher education to provide the best quality education to meet the needs of diverse populations of students who look to us to further their educational goals. To this end, I encourage my students to share their thoughts and ideas, respect each other´s cultural differences, and value knowledge as a lifelong learning experience.
"I am so happy to be returning to Immaculata as a member of the faculty," Chiatti said of her new position. "I really feel like I am home. The University supports the growth of the Division of Nursing and rewards accomplishment. The Division of Nursing is comprised of excellent committed professors who maintain high academic standards within a holistic framework, as evidenced by their scholarship, leadership, integrity, practice, and service. It´s so wonderful to be working among these faculty members, some of whom I had as professors, and who provide me with excellent mentorship."
Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.