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Dr. Pamela McDonald-LaChance, RN


Adjunct Lecturer of Nursing

Pam is a nurse who by her own admission has been around the block a few times. A diploma graduate
at 21, she has spent the last 39 years working in a variety of positions that have helped her to grow and
function independently in many areas ranging from medical surgical and ICU nursing to public health,
diabetes case management, administration, and nurse education. She was instrumental in developing
and teaching the New Visions Program for FEH BOCES from 2000–2009. This program allowed high
school seniors the opportunity to be immersed in the hospital setting. She happily saw physicians,
nurses, dieticians, physical, speech and occupational therapists and chiropractors emerge from this
program.

Academic Philosophy

Dr. LaChance has been associated with the nursing program as an adjunct for many years, and has
enjoyed watching it grow and change to adapt to the ever evolving needs of students. A diploma nurse,
she was a member of one of the first classes in distance learning for the BSN offered by SUNY
Plattsburgh. In this, she feels it has aided in her understanding of the unique needs and issues working
nurses have as they return to school for education. She stresses to all that education gives one choices.
A recent graduate of University at Buffalo with her Ph.D. in Nursing, Dr. LaChance’s research focused on
diabetes in the Native American population. Herself a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of
Akwesasne, Dr. LaChance has a passion for working with and serving her people in the diabetes field.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Nursing, University at Buffalo
    • M.S. in Nursing, Walden University
    • M.Ed. in Education, St. Lawrence University
    • B.S. in Nursing, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
    • Diploma Nursing St. Lawrence Psychiatric Hospital
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