Faculty Spotlight

Maria Flavin, DNP

Maria FlavinEvery school has a professor feared for strict classes and tough grading. And if Maria Flavin, DNP, is that professor, that's fine by her.

“It can't be all fun and games,” says Flavin, an assistant professor of nursing, “because we save lives. I like to bring a sense of humor to my classes when I can, but I'm very academically driven.”

Flavin also spearheads preparation for the NCLEX (the nursing pre-licensure exam). And as is so often the case, teachers known for "tough" classes are a blessing.

Flavin's students certainly think so. They voted her the 2017 winner of the Max and Esther Sestili Award for Excellence in Teaching. This December, Flavin will be honored as a 2017 Pittsburgh Magazine Excellence in Nursing honorable mention in the Academic Nurses category.

"Dr. Flavin is the kind of nurse that students aspire to be," says Sarrah Bair, a student in Carlow's MSN/ Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Currently a staff nurse with UPMC, Bair earned her BSN from Carlow, too—and studied under Flavin for her undergraduate degree.

"She is passionate, creative, and enthusiastic about the profession of nursing," says Bair. "Above all, she maintains patient safety, advocacy, and compassion at the core of all that she teaches."

Flavin has been teaching at Carlow for eight years, and says she’s right where she belongs.

"Carlow is such a warm atmosphere," she says. "We're all extremely supportive, and everybody works together so we can focus on students."

In the classroom, Flavin focuses on compassionate, ethical care and emphasizes the importance of hands-on practice in the nursing skills lab.

"Our nursing students want to change the world. And I want to help them,” she says. ”I tell them 'go change the world the Carlow way,' and they know what I’m talking about."

By James Foreman