Dawn Monahan

Contact Information:

Telephone: 603-535-2104
Office: Samuel Read Hall, Room 339
Email: dmmonahan1@plymouth.edu


MS in Nursing Education, Salem State University
BS in Nursing, Emmanuel College, Boston
RN, Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing


Dawn began her 22-year nursing career in Maternal/Child Nursing in a community hospital just outside of Boston, and then transitioned to Neonatal Specialized and Intensive Care. She had a passion for working with parents and offering anticipatory guidance which led her to and education position within the community health setting. It was during that period in her career when she realized that she wanted to share her knowledge and passion for the profession of nursing with future nurses.

Dawn began adjunct work as a clinical instructor at the bedside for a large RN program in Boston and began teaching in a part-time didactic position in a PN program north of Boston. As she began to grow her role as an educator, she continued to practice as a clinician throughout Boston and then the south shore of Massachusetts. She was hired as the full-time Simulation Lab Coordinator at a large community college in Boston. While implementing and growing the simulation program for the RN program, she completed her graduate studies in nursing education.

Ms. Monahan’s appointment to a tenure tracked professor position after completing her graduate studies afforded her the opportunity to sit on various committees’ college wide and within the nursing department. Her committee work included student learning outcome assessment projects, curriculum building, assessment and evaluation work within the nursing program and development of various programs within the nursing program. Dawn was appointed chairperson of the nursing program prior to her departure and relocation to PSU.

Dawn is excited to share her experiences with future nursing students at PSU and looks forward to working with the faculty and team here at PSU. Some of her hobbies include gardening, cycling, swimming, and yoga. She enjoys time with family and friends throughout New England and especially enjoys times with her first grandchild, Nathan. Newfound Lake is her favorite spot here in the granite state, but she is looking forward to spending lots of time cheering on PSU at the school sporting events.

Member of the National League for Nursing

Member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Member of the Mass/RI League of Nursing

Member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

Research Interests:

Educating the nurse educator

Pedagogy of Nursing Education

Impact of Learning Disabilities on success in pre-licensure nursing programs

Awards and Distinctions:

Recipient, Future Nurse Educator Scholarship Award, Salem State University, 2011

MSN, Summa Cum Laude, Salem State University, 2011

BS in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude, Award for Presidential Distinction within the graduate and professional studies programs, 2005

Recipient, Phyllis A. Moore Memorial Award for Excellence in Medical-Surgical Nursing