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About Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin

Jocelyn is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner in hematology (bleeding disorders) for over 25 years, first at Boston Children’s Hospital and at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (CHMC). She was one of the first nurse practitioners at Boston Children’s Hospital and was on the forefront of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, caring for children with hemophilia and AIDS.
Her research interests involve understanding the lives of families who are raising a child with severe chronic illness. She has also coordinated National Public Radio StoryCorps® Legacy at CHMC, where she led a team interviewing families of children who have hemophilia and sickle cell disease. She hopes to continue qualitative research and inquiry to inspire students at St. Kate's to love nursing research as much as she does!
She is the mother of three daughters, who are all reflective women, and a big rescue retriever named Jesse. 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 bleeding disorders.
In her spare time, she loves oil painting and long distance cross-country skiing. Her family has participated in the annual Minneapolis ski Loppet race every February since it began!


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

Curriculum Vitae


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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


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

Contact Information

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

Phone: 651-690-6585


Abstracts (6)

Books (4)

Presentations (10)

Publications (7)