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Dorothea Lever PhD

Dorothea Lever, PhD

Dorothea Lever, PhD

Chair, Nursing

Professor, Nursing

Technology Center, Room 8214


Dorothea Lever, PhD, joined the RCC faculty in 1995 and served as department Chair from 2007 to 2012. Among the courses she has taught are Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and Calculations for Pharmacology. She earned her PhD in Nursing from Binghamton University, SUNY, completing her doctoral dissertation on “The Patient’s Perspective of the Need for Intense Nurse Coaching Following Completion of a Standardized Diabetes Education Program.”

Dr. Lever started her nursing education at Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York and earned BS and MS degrees in Nursing from New Paltz, SUNY. She coordinates the Diabetes Self-Management Program at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Previously she held positions in critical care staff nursing and administrative nursing supervision, and as a clinical nurse educator and a director of staff development.


  • BSN, New Paltz, SUNY
  • MS Nursing, New Paltz, SUNY
  • PhD Nursing, Binghamton University, SUNY


  • RCC Foundation Leadership Award, 2011
  • Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Doctoral Nursing Fellowship, 2006

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certifications in Critical Care Nursing and Diabetes Education
  • Past President, Professional Nurses Association of Orange and Sullivan counties
  • Past Chair of the nominating committee, Sigma Theta Tau (National Nursing Honor Society)

Professional Service Activities

  • ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) Site Evaluator, from 2011
  • ACEN Education Review Panel, from 2014

Past Activities:

  • Item Writer, Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
  • Item Writer, NCLEX Exam

Professional Memberships

  • National League for Nursing
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Association of Nurse Executives
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses


Contributions to Publications:

  • Nursing Care of Adults, Monahan, F., Neighbors, M. 2nd Ed. Saunders: Philadelphia, 1998; chapter on cardiac infections
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing in the Home, Neighbors, M., Monahan, F. Saunders: Philadelphia, 2003
  • NCLEX Review, Monahan, F., 2005; chapter on diabetes mellitus

Presentations (Selected)

  • National League for Nursing NCLEX Reviews: University of Arkansas, University of Delaware, SUNY Farmingdale and others
  • Diabetes workshops at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Helen Hayes Hospital, and Continuing Education at RCC
  • Intravenous Infusion Therapy workshops at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Helen Hayes Hospital, and Continuing Education at RCC



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