Laura Candelaria

  • Instructor
  • Division: Nursing

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

I received my undergraduate degree from Molloy College. During my years at Molloy I experienced a strong sense of community and support. I have many wonderful memories of my time at Molloy that make the college a special place for me. I love teaching at Molloy because it offers me the chance to provide my students the quality education that I too received at the college.

Academic Interests

What I am working on

I am currently working on my PhD in Nursing. My main interests and expertise lie in the field of Maternal-Child Health. I am currently conducting research in the areas of pediatric nutrition and breast-feeding, in particular human milk donation. I hope that my research will increase awareness and influence policy so that sick and premature infants have access to human milk. I am an active member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America as well as several other organizations, which support breast-feeding and donor milk banking.

Educational Philosophy

Practicing the art and science of nursing requires not only compassion and skill but also a commitment to lifelong learning and teaching. Developing my curriculum around personal student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates their desire to learn and reach their personal goals. I believe that as educators we must educate not only the mind but also the heart and spirit through demonstrating values, empathy and tolerance.

Educational Background

I received my Bachelors degree in Science and Nursing at Molloy College and went on to obtain my Masters degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Stony Brook University. I am currently enrolled in the PhD program at Molloy College.

Additional Information

I enjoy reading many different types of books including classic literature and poetry.

I have been a contributing writer for Livestrong Health for several years, publishing many articles on health, nutrition and wellness. I have also published in Nursing Spectrum in 2007 "Banks Help Infants Get the Milk They Need" and New York Newsday. I am currently working as a contributing author for a Maternal-Child Textbook.