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Notre Dame Names Inaugural Endowed Chair for Nursing

Notre Dame of Maryland University

February 4, 2021


Dr. Bloom joins the faculty at NDMU’s School of Nursing as an associate professor with more than 25 years of experience in the nursing profession. She is a Fulbright Fellow and an award-winning researcher. Dr. Bloom has presented and extensively published her research on intimate partner violence and its impact on areas including maternal stress, pregnancy, children and parenting.

“The expertise, technological innovation, and fresh outlook in creating a rich research environment focused on intimate partner violence that Dr. Bloom brings with her will be invaluable to our students and our institution,” says Dean of the School of Nursing Kathleen Wisser. “I am excited for her to join forces with School of Nursing faculty and students in their research endeavors, which will directly impact the health of the Baltimore metropolitan area's most vulnerable residents.”

Dr. Bloom has extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students in and outside of the classroom. She teaches on topics in community and public health and research methodology. Bloom’s community service work involves providing training and continuing education related to intimate partner/sexual violence, safety planning, and risk assessment for diverse audiences of healthcare providers, caregivers, advocates, and community members.

“The NDMU mission and values resonate deeply with me,” says Bloom. “I’m strongly drawn to the institution’s longstanding commitment to the advancement of women and to service and social responsibility. I look forward to meeting like-minded collaborators, community partners and working with our students.”

The Frances Kay Pitts ’96 Endowed Chair for Nursing Leadership in Women and Children’s Health was established in 2014 through a generous gift from the Pitts Family Foundation and Kay and Jim Pitts, with Bloom being named as the first Endowed Chair in 2020. It is endowed to honor Kay Pitts, a graduate of the NDMU nursing program, who has dedicated her career to excellence in the healthcare of women and children as a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife.