Chatham University

Nursing Faculty and Staff

Lora Walter MSN, RNC-NIC

Lora Walter
Assistant Professor of Nursing | Pathways to Nursing Coordinator
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 2013

Academic Areas of Interest

Neonatal Nursing, Supplemental Instruction, Peer Mentoring


A graduate of UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and an alumna of Chatham University’s RN-BSN and MSN programs, and is currently enrolled in the DNP program. Worked for eight years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC where she became certified in neonatal intensive care. Was a member of the neonatal transport team, an AHA certified BLS instructor, and a charge nurse. Focus in the NICU was on education of staff and patient families specializing in the area of CPR and SIDS reduction. Developed, implemented, and evaluated continuing education activities for nurses in the NICU. Presented posters at several local conferences referencing “Nurse Role Models for SIDS Risk Reduction.” After earning an MSN became a Nursing Clinical Coordinator for Chatham University. Managed the clinical experience for students in the RN-BSN program including preceptor and clinical site approval, legal documentation, and overseeing of completion requirements. In addition to that role, coordinated an undergraduate nursing track called Pathways to Nursing (PTN). Coordination of PTN and teaching in the RN-BSN and MSN online and the MSN International programs are her areas of focus since she has assumed a full-time faculty role. Member of the Chi Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the National League of Nursing. Aspiring to continue in nursing education through acquiring her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University.


  • BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • RN, Shadyside School of Nursing, 2005
  • BSN, Chatham University, 2011
  • MSN, Chatham University, 2013
  • DNP, Chatham University, 2018--currently enrolled


  • Neonatal Intensive Care Certification


  • ACES Award, 2010
  • Cameos of Caring, 2006
  • Jane Burger Advising Award for Faculty, 2016


  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Chi Zeta Chapter, Leadership Succession Committee
  • National League of Nursing