Lorraine M. Gdanetz, PhD, RN, PCCN

WCIS Caritas Coach®
WCSI CCEP® Faculty
Assistant Professor/Associate Director Gannon University Villa Maria School of Nursing


Lorraine Gdanetz is a nurse educator and associate director at Gannon University’s Villa Maria School of Nursing located in Erie, Pennsylvania in both graduate and undergraduate programs. She has served on the graduate committee and worked extensively in graduate curriculum development for Gannon University’s online DNP program. Lorraine also holds a position as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing as an educator for the 9-credit Nursing Education Certificate program. Through the American Association of Critical Care, Lorraine is board certified in Adult Progressive Care.

Lorraine became a Caritas Coach in 2016. Lorraine received her nursing degree from Pennsylvania State University, masters in Nursing Education at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD at University of Colorado in the Caring Science track. In her PhD program Lorraine used the Caritas Processes, Ways of Knowing, and Aesthetics in her research “Transpersonal Caring Relationships as Part of an Online Educational Environment”. Lorraine has published with regards to online nursing education and has presented at numerous international conferences associated with her passion for online education, co-creation of learning experiences, nursing theory, and self-care for nursing students.