Sr. Mary Ellene  Egan

Sr. Mary Ellene Egan, RSM

Assistant Professor

Teaching Areas

Nursing Leadership;
Adult Health Nursing; Geriatrics; Oncology Nursing; Organization and Management.

Professional Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Beta Gamma Chapter); American Nurses Association/California; Association of California Nurse Leaders; Mercy Higher Education Colloquium.

Other Interests

Sister M. Ellene Egan, R.S.M., a Sister of Mercy, is a native San Franciscan who has been a member of the faculty at the School of Nursing since 1979. She is currently the Faculty Chair of the School of Nursing, Chair of the Department of Adult Health, an Executive Officer in the USF Association and a member of the USF Faculty Association Policy Board. Her main teaching activities are in the Senior II Leadership Capstone clinical and seminar courses, which she helped to develop. Her research interests include Parish Nursing, patient stress during hospitalization, and staff nurses' perception of patient stress. She is currently conducting research with Sister M. Brian Kelber, R.S.M., in Parish Nursing. Sister M. Ellene is also a member of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Parish-Based Holistic Health Care Project. She has been a reviewer for both C.V. Mosby Company and Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins Publishing Companies. In 1991, she received the Teaching Effectiveness Award in the School of Nursing and in 1994 was given the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Tri-County Health Clinic, a free clinic serving the uninsured in Richlands, Virginia. Sister M. Ellene has served as a board member for the California Nurses Association; Golden Gate Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Gamma Chapter; Mercy Retirement and Care Center, Oakland; and Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Bakersfield. She is a past board member and president of the USF Nursing Alumni Society. Currently she is on the board of directors of St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco; Mercy High School, Burlingame; chair of the American Nurses Association/California Elections Committee and a Finance Committee member; Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Gamma Bylaws Committee member; and a member of the Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame Region, 2004 Anniversary Committee which is planning for the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy arrival in 1854, from Kinsale, Ireland to San Francisco, California. She is listed in Who's Who in Nursing and Who's Who in the West.


B.A., Russell College

Administrative Appointments

Faculty Chair, School of Nursing
Executive Officer, USF Faculty Association Board

Research Areas

Parish Nursing
Patient Stress during Hospitalization
Staff Nurses' perception of Patient Stress
Nursing Issues