Betty Napoleon

Chair, Nursing Department
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Case Western University

Betty Napoleon

Betty NapoleonChair, Department of Nursing
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
B.S.N., Kent State University
C.C.M., Certified Case Manager


Dr. Betty Napoleon, Ph.D., R.N., C.C.M., is chair of the Baldwin Wallace University Department of Nursing. She teaches research and evidence-based practice, leadership and ethics and issues, and trends in professional nursing in the BW accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Napoleon is an experienced nurse and educator with teaching experience in associate, diploma and baccalaureate programs. Napoleon came to Baldwin Wallace from the Cleveland Clinic where she was case management education manager for the main campus and regional hospitals. She is board certified in case management. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Nursing Honor Society.

Napoleon's doctoral studies focused on the care of individuals receiving parenteral nutrition in the home and her master’s education specialty was geriatric mental health nursing for which she received the Geriatric Mental Health Minority Initiative Fellowship. Upon completion of her master’s degree she was awarded the: Cushing-Robb Prize for outstanding achievement. In clinical and practice settings, her teaching and experience has been concentrated in case management, care coordination, nursing care of older adults as well as oncology and medical-surgical nursing.

Research and Publications

  • Napoleon is the co-creator of a college course on nursing care of older adults and she has cared for older individuals across health care settings for much of her career.  
  • She was research associate for two NIH-funded studies and a co-author of published work on Resourcefulness Training for Women Dementia Caregivers: Feasibility and Acceptability.
  • Napoleon’s other research interests include patient engagement, older adults and quality and safety in patient care.
  • She presented her doctoral work on home parenteral nutritional and the individual and family self-management theory at the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference and Case Management Society of America.
  • Napoleon is administratively responsible for a grant awarded to the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Nursing Education Grant Program.