Aggression Expert & Distinguished Author Announced as Speaker for Nursing Summit

Updated on July 10, 2012
Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) will hold its annual Summit, “Bullying: Are You the Aggressor, the Bystander or the Target,” on Friday, November 2, 2012 at DeSales University, Center Valley.  PSNA is pleased to host keynote speaker Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP at this year’s event.

“Nursing is viewed as the most trusted and caring profession,” said PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy M. Snook, MEd, BSN, RN.  “Yet nurse-on-nurse bullying is a reality. Not only does it affect morale and professional self-esteem, but it jeopardizes patient care. Dr. Dellasega’s session ‘Spite in White’ equips nurses with tools to recognize relational aggression and promote change.”

For more than 25 years, Dr. Dellasega has been working as a researcher, counselor, teacher and nurse practitioner. She is the author of six books including When Nurses Hurt Nursesa book about recognizing and overcoming the cycle of bullying. As a professor of humanities in the College of Medicine and professor of women’s studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Dellasega is actively involved in medical education, conducts research on psychosocial issues and leads community outreach efforts. She has appeared as an expert on national and local television and radio shows and in print including: The Today ShowGood Morning AmericaThe Gayle King ShowRedbookThe Philadelphia Inquirer and Girl Scout Leader.

This year’s Summit also features a series of continuing education sessions on issues ranging from standards of a healthy workplace, post-traumatic stress disorder and creating a respectful work environment.  Attendees can earn up to 5.7 contact hours from the Summit with additional contact hours awarded for the practice showcase.

Online registration is now open with pricing available for PSNA members, non-members and nursing students.  Please visit a schedule of events, session details and to register.

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is the non-profit voice for nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Representing more than 208,000 nurses, the Association works to be essential in advancing, promoting and supporting the profession of nursing to improve health for all in the Commonwealth. PSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association (

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