Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Cathlin Poronsky, PhD, APN, FNP-BC

Title/s: Assistant Professor
Chair, Department of Health Management and Risk Reduction, and Director Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Office #: Building 125, Room 4533, HSD

Phone: 708.216.3567

E-mail: cporonsky@luc.edu

CV Link: Cathlin B. Poronsky, PhD, RN, FNP-BC


BSN Loyola University Chicago, Niehoff School of Nursing 1975
MS University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing 1997
PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing 2011

Teaching Interests

Dr. Poronsky is the director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and teaches at the master’s and doctoral levels.  She is teaching Nursing Leadership for DNP students.  In the past she has taught advanced adult and pediatric health assessment and nurse practitioner courses in the management of common and complex problems of adults/older adults.  She is the co-coordinator for the advanced practice primary care clinical courses, including management of clinical placements for NP students.  Dr. Poronsky serves as academic advisor for graduate students in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She is interested and engaged in mentoring students, including helping to guide students towards publication of their scholarly work.

Courses Taught, 2017

DNP 501 Leadership
GNUR 517 APN Practicum: Primary Health Care
GNUR 518L Standardized Patient Lab

Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications

Dr. Poronsky’s research interest is the transition from Registered Nurse (RN) to Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the effect of mentoring.  Her PhD Dissertation explored the effect of faculty mentoring on transition balance in Family Nurse Practitioner students. Additional research, supported in part by funding from the Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment Fund, was conducted with focus groups to examine how nurse practitioner students experience the transition from RN to FNP during graduate school. Other interests and expertise: Dr. Poronsky provides primary healthcare as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is actively engaged in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common health problems with patients across the lifespan.

Poronsky, C. B. (2012). A literature review of mentoring for RN to FNP transition.  Journal of Nursing Education 51(11), 623-631. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20120914-03

Poronsky, C. B., Doering, J. J., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., & Rice, E. I.  (2012). Transition to the tenure track for nurse faculty with young children: A case study. Nursing Education Perspectives 33(4), 255-259. doi: 10.5480/1536-5026-33.4.255

Poronsky, C. B. (2013). Exploring the transition from Registered Nurse to Family Nurse Practitioner.  Journal of Professional Nursing 29(6), 350-358. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.10.011  

Poronsky, C. B. (2015). Mentoring: Transition to practice. In M. J. Smith, R. Carpenter & J. J. Fitzpatrick, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of nursing education. New York: Springer Publishing.

Valentino, K. & Poronsky, C. B. (2016). Human papilloma virus infection and vaccination. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Published online: November 13, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2015.10.005

Poronsky, C. B. (2018 In Press). Tips for a successful search for nursing and health sciences faculty.  Nurse Educator

Professional & Community Affiliations

Family Nurse Practitioner (part-time practice) providing healthcare to children and adults including evaluation and treatment of acute episodic illness, chronic disease management, well child-care, school and sports physicals, annual exams and women’s health.

Professional Organization Memberships:

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing