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Virginia A. Coletti PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CARN

Virginia A. Coletti PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CS is a Clinical Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, School of Nursing. Dr. Virginia Coletti completed her doctoral studies at LaSalle University, a Master of Science in Nursing at Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at Molloy College. Her seminal contribution to nursing education and clinical practice is grounded in mentorship to support delivery of humanistic health care. Dr. Virginia Coletti's commitment to humanistic care began as a nurse in a long-term care facility. There she learned from her patients that she could touch another life through her belief in her patients’ abilities to live life as they chose. Subsequently, her experiences in clinical and psychiatric practice served as a foundation for mentoring nurses and nursing students. Her mentorship is focused on teaching nurses to listen to their patients and hear their stories. A patients’ story tells us how they feel in the present no matter what the story is about.

Dr. Virginia Coletti recognized that in order to facilitate high quality humanistic care, it is necessary to reflect on your own biases and attitudes,​ to open the window to authentic therapeutic communication. Ultimately, this personal educational pedagogy led to development and delivery of workshops on stress management, test anxiety and therapeutic communication. She has conducted workshops locally as well as internationally to a variety of constituents ranging from students to healthcare providers to industry.

Dr. Virginia Coletti's contribution as a nursing leader has been in the field of addictions. She had served as the chairperson of the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).  It is her belief that every nurse cares for patients whose lives are touched by the disease of addictions. Therefore, she has worked to incorporate a strong foundation of addictions nursing into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curriculum as well as advocating trainings in Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), NARCAN administration, as well as Red Watch Band training. 

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