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DeSisto, Marie C.

Senior Instructor
Regis College
School Nurse Education
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Academic Focus

School nursing - legal and ethics and leadership

Community Involvement

National Association of School Nurses (NASN) MA director and member of the Finance Committee.  I am a member of the Advisory Board for the BU School Health Institute. Member of the MA Immunization Initiative.

Courses Taught

Legal Responsibilities & Ethical Issues for School Nurses


MSN - Regis College
BSN - Northeastern University

Professional credentials

  • RN
  • DESE School Nurse and School Administrator licenses

School nurses keep all students healthy, safe and ready to learn so that they can achieve.

Professional Experience
  • Massachusetts School Nurse Organization
  • Waltham Public Schools
  • Framingham Public Schools
Awards & Recognitions
  • MA School Nurse Administrator of the Year
  • NASN Research Poster Award
  • Waltham School Committee recognition for Service (2013)
Research & Publications

DeSisto, M. C. & Pennington, N. (2012). Expanding leadership skills with theory. In C. Cosante (Ed.), School nurse administrator: Leadership and management (pp. 57-79). Silver Springs, MD: NASN

Wang, L.Y., Vernon-Smiley, M., Gapinski, M.A., DeSisto, M., Maughan, E. & Sheetz, A. (2014). Cost-benefit study of school nursing services. JAMA Pediatrics, doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.544

DeSisto, M.C., & O’Brien, M.J. (2013). Advocating for access to evidence for evidence-based practice in school health. NASN School Nurse, 28 (3). 147-150

Selected Presentations
  • Section 504 at the School Law 16th Annual Conference
  • Level 2: Enhancing Your Health Office Management Skills
  • Section 504 for school nurses at the MSNO Conference 2015.
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • Massachusetts School Nurse Organization (MSNO)
  • National School Nurse Organization
  • Massachusetts School Nurse Research Network (MSNRN)