Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Cathlin Poronsky, PhD, APN, FNP-BC

Title/s:  Associate Professor
Associate Dean Faculty Development & Part‐Time Faculty

Office #:  Building 125, Room 4533, HSD

Phone: 708.216.3567


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


PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing 2011
MS University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing 1977
BSN Loyola University Chicago, School of Nursing 1975

Teaching Interests

Dr. Poronsky is currently the Associate Dean Faculty Development & Part‐Time Faculty. She is the former interim director of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program and the Adult Gerontology with Oncology Specialty Nurse Practitioner Program.  She is also the former director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program (2010-2018).  She has taught undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.  Current courses include Leadership and Role for Advanced Nursing Practice, and Practicum for DNP students and Medical Terminology for undergraduate 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. Dr. Poronsky is interested and engaged in mentoring students, including helping to guide students towards publication of their scholarly work.

Courses Taught, 2017 and 2018

GNUR 420 Leadership and Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice

HSM 120 Medical Terminology

DNP 511 DNP Clinical Practicum

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.

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   

Valentino, K. & Poronsky, C. B. (2016). Human papilloma virus infection and vaccination. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 31(2), e155-e166.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2015.10.005

Dzubur, E. K. & Poronsky, C. B.  (2018). Exercise therapy benefits for heart failure. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 14(5), 396-401. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2018.01.019

Poronsky, C. B. (2018). Tips for a successful search for nursing and health sciences faculty. Nurse Educator Nurse Educator 43(4), 168-169. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000447  

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