The School of Nursing
Full Name: Joanne Masella
Dean, School of Nursing
R.N., University of Pennsylvania; B.S.N., A.R.N.P, Florida Atlantic University; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Masella came to Palm Beach County in 1975 to begin nursing practice at Bethesda
Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida. Over a 20 year period she served in various
positions related to clinical and education. Dr. Masella has presented at several
nursing conferences on the topics of caring philosophy in nursing and nursing student
retention. She has published one clinical monograph related to the at-risk student
in nursing education, with special interest in individualized teaching plans, learning
groups, student and peer mentoring. She and her husband of 40 years reside in Boynton
Beach. They have two sons and three grandchildren. The Masella’s are members of St.
Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach, Florida, where they serve as extraordinary
ministers of holy Communion. They also distribute communion weekly to hospitalized
individuals at Bethesda Memorial Hospital.