American Academy of Nursing
Yu-Ping Chang, Nancy Campbell, Sharon Hewner, Carla Jungquist, Marsha L. Lewis
Emeritus: Carol Brewer, Jean K. Brown, Patricia Burns, Patricia T. Castiglia, Juanita Hunter, Mary Ann Jezewski, Patricia McCartney
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Nancy Campbell, Laura Markwick, Pamela Paplham
Gerontological Society of America
International Academy of Addictions Nursing
Nancy Campbell, Yu-Ping Chang
School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
212 Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
The motivation and passion for my work in holistic nursing and patient care practice is grounded in the experiences that I have had taking care of family, friends, patients and their loved ones. The lessons that I learned from having the privilege and honor of caring for others has profoundly impacted my life both as a nurse and as a fellow human being.
Loralee Sessanna is a clinical professor for the School of Nursing. She has dedicated her life and nursing career to holistic care. Sessanna believes compassion, empathy, kindness, unconditional love, authenticity and patience and respecting and valuing the beauty of everyone’s unique talents and differences reinforces the need and importance of caring for the “whole who.”
Sessanna was part of a UBSON team that started the interprofessional partnership between UBSON and Millennium Collaborative Care for the national Million Hearts® initiative. The partnership began with a UBSON undergraduate course, “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with Populations” that she co-taught with SON faculty. The course is designed to teach nursing students how to improve health outcomes among underserved populations. As a result of the collaborative partnership, nursing students gain valuable experience working alongside other health-related professions to provide free health care screenings multiple times a year throughout the Buffalo community.
Sessanna, L., Pomeroy, S., & Askew, Y. (in review). Faith community nursing practice and holistic nursing practice: Specialty evolution, intention, similarities and differences. Journal of Holistic Nursing.
Askew, Y., Pomeroy, S., & Sessanna, L. (in review). Faith community nursing connections: A mixed methods study. Geriatric Nursing.
Chang, Y.P., Nisbet, P., Sessanna, L., & Balczark, L. (in review). Effect of a mindfulness-based intervention on treatment outcomes in chronic pain patients.
Brown, K. D., Sessanna, L., & Paplham, P. (2020). Nurse practitioners’ and nurse practitioner students’ LGBT health perceptions. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(4), 262-266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2019.12.028
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.*
June 2017 to May 2019
Research Consultant (PI: Yvonne Askew)
Faith Community Nursing (FCN) Connections
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Award Amount: $35,000
Abstract: A pilot program exploring the role of the FCN as a caregiver-primary care physician liaison in helping caregivers manage patients with chronic disease through in-home visits.
Co-Investigator (in kind) (PI: Robecca Lorenz)
Mindfulness Based on Stress Reduction Plus Sleep Retraining to Improve Depressive Symptoms Among Adult with Multiple Sclerosis
University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, Garman Award
Study Team Member, Intervention Coordinator (PI: Yu-Ping Chang)
The Effect of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Treatment Outcomes in Chronic Pain Patients
University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, Garman Award