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

Interim Assistant Dean, MS/DNP Programs; Clinical Associate Professor


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



  • 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


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 placemnent 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