Loralee Sessanna, DNS, RN, CNS, AHN-BC

Assistant Dean, MS/DNP Programs; Clinical Professor


School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
212 Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

PHONE: 716-829-3913


  • DNS, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 2006
  • Master of Nursing Science, D'Youville College, 2000
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science, D'Youville College, 1998
  • AAS Nursing, Trocaire College, 1987

Areas of Research

  • Community health nursing
  • Spirituality
  • Holistic nursing and patient care
  • End-of-life care

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NSG 311 Family Nursing
  • NSG 370 Nursing as a Profession
  • NSG 378 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention within Populations
  • NSG 410 Public Health Nursing
  • NSG 481 Concepts of Acute Care Practicum
  • NGC 638 Program Evaluation
  • NGC 520 Scientific Writing
  • NGC 692 Seminar in Grantsmanship
  • NGC 701 State of Nursing Science

Recent Publications

Chang, Y.-P., Sessanna, L., & Schneider, K. J. (2017). The applicability of the decisional conflict scale in nursing home placement decision among Chinese family caregivers: A mixed methods approach. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 2(3), 110-120. doi:10.9741/23736658.1064

Iverson, A., & Sessanna, L. (2012). Utilizing Watson's Theory of Human Caring and Watson's Emacipatory Pedagogy to educate hospital-based multidisciplinary healthcare providers about hospice. International Journal of Human Caring, 16(4), 43-48.

Abbotoy, J., & Sessanna, L. (2012). Hands-on BCMA education for direct care nurses. Nursing Management, 43(11), 15-18.

Sessanna, L., Finnell, D. B., Underhill, M., Chang, Y., & Peng, H. (2011). Measures assessing spirituality as more than religiosity: A methodological review of nursing and health related literature. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(8), 1677-1694.

Chang, Y. P., Wray, O. L., Sessanna, L., & Peng, H. L. (2011). Use of prescription opioid medication among community-dwelling older adults with noncancer chronic pain. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 22, 1-6.

Finnell, D. S., Jezewski, M. A., Meeker, M. A., Wu, Y. W., Sessanna, L., & Lee, J. (2011). Applying the Transtheoretical Model to health care proxy completion. Medical Decision Making, 31(2), 254-259.

Chang, Y. P., Schneider, J. K., & Sessanna, L. (2011). Decisional conflict among Chinese family caregivers regarding nursing home placement of loder adults with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 25(4), 436-444.

Carey, M. Al-Zaiti, S., Dean, G., Sessanna, L., & Finnell, D. (2011). Sleep problems, depression, substance use, social bonding, and quality of life in professional firefighters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53(8), 928-933.

Sessanna, L. (2010).  End of life care needs and preferences among independent community dwelling older adults: A secondary analysis.  Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 12(6), 360-369.*

Jezewski, M.A., Finnell, D.S., Meeker, M.A., Wu, Y.W., Sessanna, L., & Lee, J. (2009).   Psychometric testing of four Transtheoretical     Model questionnaires for the behavior, completing health care proxies.  Research in Nursing & Health, 32(6), 606-620.*           

Sessanna, L., & Jezewski, M.A.  (2008).  Advance directive decision making among community dwelling well older adults:  A systematic   review of the literature.  Journal of  Applied Gerontology, 27(4), 486-510.*    

Honors and Awards

  • Mecca S. Cranley Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker for School of Nursing Convocation, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, Fall 2010
  • Keynote Speaker for Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Beta Class Induction Ceremony, University at Buffalo, 2009
  • Dean's Mentor Award, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, Spring 2010
  • Patricia H. Garman Behavioral Health Nursing Endowment Award, University at Buffalo ,School of Nursing, Spring 2010
  • Doctor of Nursing Science Petsan Scholarship Award, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 2002-2006
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 2000-present