Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Laura Robbins-Frank, MSN, RNC, CCNS/APN

Title/s:  Instructor

Office #:  Downers Grove



MSN Loyola University Chicago 1992
NNP Rush University Chicago 1999
BSN Loyola University Chicago 1985

Teaching Interests

Mrs. Robbins-Frank  is a certified Pediatric and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist APN. She teaches both in the theory and clinical sections of the MCN 374 Family II Care of the Child Course on both campuses.  Additionally, Mrs. Robbins-Frank teaches the Foundations of Pharmacology, Introduction to Professional Nursing and has also taught Foundations of Nursing Practice and Pathophysiology as well.  Mrs. Robbins-Frank serves as a graduate comprehensive exam advisor for Pediatric topics.

Courses Taught, 2015-2016

MCN 374 – Family II: Care of the Child and Family
GNUR 294 – Foundations of Pharmacology
GNUR 102 – Introduction to Pediatric Nursing

Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications

Ms. Robbins-Frank’s research interests like in higher education focusing on nursing student success.  She has both poster and podium presentations on an innovative teaching methodology in the Pediatric course entitled: Virtual Learning Environment to assist Pediatric nursing students in applying child through adolescence growth, development and Family Centered Care to their clinical practice. In this virtual learning environment students raise a virtual child from birth to eighteen years of age applying principles of growth, development and parental theories to the decisions they make for the child.   Through this participation in the virtual learning environment, nursing students in a Pediatric course gain valuable insight into the growth and development of children and adolescents and  the dynamics of parenting that enhance their skills  in communicating with parents in the clinical setting to better support and implement Family Centered Care.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Chicago Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Practitioners