Meet the Nursing Faculty



Neddie Serra, Ed.D., C.N.E., M.S.N., R.N. Read Bio +/-

Chair, Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing
Professor of Nursing

College Hall, 1st Floor, Office 3

Dr. Neddie Serra received her Ed D in Healthcare Education:Nursing: from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Miami FL in 2001. She has a Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University, Pleasantville New York Dr. Serra has been in the field of nursing education for over 25 years. She is certified as a Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Dr. Serra joined Bloomfield College in 1991 as an instructor in Pediatric Nursing and was here until 1996 when she left to pursue her terminal degree. Prior to her appointment as the Chairperson of Nursing at Bloomfield College, she taught at William Paterson University (WPU) in Wayne, NJ as an associate professor. Dr. Serra has worked to develop numerous courses throughout her career including on line offerings.

Dr. Serra became the chairperson of the Division of Nursing at Bloomfield College in 2004. At that time she led faculty toward a curriculum change that was necessary for the success of the nursing program. In 2005 she successfully led the faculty through the arduous accreditation process receiving a full 10 year accreditation without conditions or recommendations. Since her tenure here at Bloomfield College the student NCLEX success rates have become one of the most notable among all the baccalaureate programs in the state of New Jersey.

Dr. Serra is a member of several professional organizations including the New Jersey State Nursing Association; The American Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau International; The NJ Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing (also serving as Treasurer); The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (where she is also a board member of the NJ Chapter.) She has also received a governor’s appointment to serve on the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing.

Dr. Serra has presented at several conferences and has received several grants that have benefitted students at institutions where she has taught.


Denise Couch-Gawley, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing



Marianne Flood, Ph.D., R.N.Read Bio +/-

Professor of Nursing

College Hall, 1st Floor, Office 5

Professor Marianne Flood graduated from New York University with a Master’s and PhD in Nursing Research. She received an undergraduate degree in Nursing with a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of New Hampshire. She currently teaches in the Division of Nursing at Bloomfield College a variety of courses with an emphasis on Nursing Research and Senior Capstone. She has been actively involved in several research projects over the past 5 years employing students as research assistants to engage in the scholarly work of research. Some of the projects/publications include “The public’s perception of visible body art on healthcare providers,” “The effect of inclusion of geriatric content in clinical case studies across the nursing curriculum,” The relationship between background music in the classroom, attitudes towards nursing research and academic achievement,” and “The relationship of participation in an internship/externship program between junior and senior years as a nursing student and ease of transition to the professional nursing role.” Most of these research projects have been presented at public forums including Sigma Theta Tau Research Day, Englewood Hospital Research Day, Meridian Health Research Day and the New Jersey State Nurses Association Annual meeting. CSLE, Donald Ross and PBI grants from Bloomfield College funded several of the research studies.

Professor Flood is a “Faculty Leader” in the nursing Honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Epsilon Chapter. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the American Nursing Association. She is a member of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and is a former member and founder of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.

She is also the chairperson of the curriculum committee in the Division of Nursing and is responsible for writing major portions of the CCNE accreditation report. Professor Flood served on the Middle States Accreditation Committee for the College and contributed to writing Standards 11 and 12 related to general education.

Professor Flood serves as the chairperson of the Admissions and Enrollment college wide committee and as the faculty representative on the Retention Task Force. She advises 2025 nursing students yearly and serves as an academic reference for many graduates for new nursing positions, nursing promotions, and graduate schools.


Ismat Mikky, Ph.D.

Professor of Nursing



Phyllis More, Ph.D., R.N. Read Bio +/-

Professor of Nursing

College Hall, 1st Floor, Office 4

Professor Phyllis More received her Ph.D. in Nursing Research from New York University in 1987. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing Education from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cornell University New York Hospital School of Nursing.

Dr. More has been actively engaged in the field of nursing for over 40 years. She is certified in Community Health Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and participates regularly in activities of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators. In addition she successfully passed the written examination and is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing for which she has served as secretary and member of the executive board of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter.

Since coming to Bloomfield College in 1977, Dr. More has taught courses at all levels of the curriculum to both RN students seeking to complete the BSN and to traditional prelicensure students. Having extensive clinical experience in Community and Public Health Nursing as well as community based Pediatrics, in recent years she has focused on integrating a changing paradigm of health into senior level courses. Dr. More has had a major role in conducting several selfstudies of the Division of Nursing for continued accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Lori Ann Palmieri, M.S.N.

Associate Professor of Nursing

74 Oakland, 3rd Floor


Latoya Rawlins, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

973-748-9000 ext. 1672


Rosita Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

74 Oakland Ave. Room 11


Jacquelyn Svercauski, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing



Carolyn Tuella, Ed.D.

Professor of Nursing

Office: 74 Oakland, 1st Floor


Lisa Ruiz

Division Secretary

Office: 74 Oakland, 1st Floor