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About Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin, PhD, MSN, CPNP

Jocelyn is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Nursing. She obtained a BSN from Villanova University, MSN from Yale University, and PhD from the University of Minnesota. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) in hematology for over 25 years, first at Boston Children’s Hospital then at Children’s Minnesota (CM). She was one of the first nurse practitioners at Boston Children’s Hospital and on the forefront of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, caring for children with hemophilia and AIDS.  Research interests involve quality of life in families raising a child with severe chronic illness.
She coordinated National Public Radio's StoryCorps® Legacy at CM, where she led a healthcare team interview families raising a child with hemophilia or sickle cell disease. Presently she is involved in another collaboration with Story Corps: St. Kate’s StoryCorps® Nursing Interviews: Nurses in the Community Who Lead and Influence. As the primary investigator on this project, she works with a wonderful team of faculty and an undergraduate student funded through AMP (Assistant Mentorship Program). Their mission is to obtain oral histories from nurses who have uniquely served the community to gain insight into their professional nursing careers. She loves collaborating with students and hopes to continue involving students in special projects, curriculum development, and research at St. Kate's.
With her husband, she has been involved in medical outreach work in several countries. He has helped to establish blood banks in developing countries and together they have educated healthcare providers about hematology and bleeding disorders. She is the mother of three children, one grandson, a  black lab and a Bernese Mountain dog. In her spare time, she loves oil painting landscapes, gardening, and cross-country skiing.


September 2016 - Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Nursing Department

Curriculum Vitae



2021 Program Assistant (PA) in Pediatric Health Promotion: Incorporating Culturally Sensitive Healthcare
Assistant Mentorship Program (AMP)
Assistant Mentorship Program (AMP)
2020 - 2021 Advanced Health Assessment Teacher's Assistants (TA) Project
GHR Academic Excellence Grant (AEG): Graduate Traineeship
GHR Academic Excellence Grant (AEG): Graduate Traineeship
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Honors and Awards

  • LEND Fellowship: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Minnesota: Funded by the Department of Maternal Child Health, 2014–2015
  • Amy Wenger Fellowship in Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2013–2014
  • Theresa V James Fellowship (2) and Zenkovich Nursing Fellowship, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2012–2013
  • Villanova University: College of Nursing Medallion for Excellence in Clinical Practice. The College of Nursing's highest award, 2010
  • Nursing Excellence Award, National Hemophilia Foundation, 2009–2010
  • Twinning Award: World Federation of Haemophilia. Awarded to the hemophilia team at CHMC for our work in Yerevan, Armenia, 2005
  • Spirit Award: Outstanding employee recognition program. The Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston, Massachusetts, 1994
  • Nursing Excellence Award, National Hemophilia Foundation, 1992
  • Nursing Research Award, American Cancer Society, 1984
  • Mpls/ St Paul Magazine: Outstanding Nurse Educator Award 2018
  • Joan and Bonnie Jean Kelly Award: University Faculty Award 2020


2016 PhD, Nursing, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
1984 MS, Nursing, Yale University
1980 BS, Nursing, Villanova University

Contact Information

St. Catherine University
Whitby 113
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 612-716-6541


Special Projects (2)

Special Projects

Publications (2)

Books (2)

Presentations (10)