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The Department of Nursing offers degrees at the BS, the MS, and at the DNP level. The programs are committed to preparing nurses to deliver culturally sensitive, caring, and competent nursing care to diverse clients in a variety of settings.  Graduates of the baccalaureate, master's and doctor of nursing practice degree programs are encouraged to pursue life-long learning to effect and enhance self-development, professional growth, critical thinking and leadership.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, post master's degree certification in adult gerontology and family nurse practitioner and DNP programs at William Paterson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, http://ccneaccreditation.org/.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS in Nursing – General
  • BS in Nursing – RN
  • 100% Online RN to BSN Program
  • Online MSN Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Online MSN Administration
  • Online MSN Nurse Education
  • MSN in Adult Gerontology in Primary Care
  • MSN in Administration
  • MSN in Education
  • MSN in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Curriculum and Learning: School Nursing, MED
  • DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • BSN to DNP Program
  • Graduate Certificates
  • ​RN to MSN Administration
  • ​RN to MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • ​​RN to MSN FNP
  • ​​​RN to MSN Nurse Education

Graduates are well prepared for the entry level practice in the role of professional nurse in every healthcare setting, acute or chronic care, in hospitals, the community, or homes. Students are also prepared to continue their nursing education at the MS or doctorate levels.

Nursing Mission Statement

The William Paterson Department of Nursing, through its educational programs, is committed to preparing nurses who are accountable for the delivery of culturally sensitive, caring, and competent nursing care to diverse clients in a variety of settings. Graduates of the Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs are encouraged to pursue life-long learning to effect and enhance self-development, professional growth, critical thinking and leadership. 

The goal of education within the Department of Nursing is to promote student growth toward realizing their personal and professional potential. Nursing knowledge and relevant knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral science are foundational for professional nursing and are prerequisites for graduate education. 

 

Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to synthesize knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral sciences and nursing to implement nursing practice decisions. 
  2. Students will be able to engage in critical thinking in all aspects of nursing. 
  3. Students will be able to deliver culturally sensitive care reflecting global issues at all levels of prevention. 
  4. Students will be able to use and manage information technology in nursing practice. 
  5. Students will be able to communicate effectively in professional relationships. 
  6. Students will be able to collaborate with patients, their families, and other healthcare providers.
  7. Students will be able to apply economic and management principles in leadership roles. 
  8. Students will be able to evaluate research findings as they apply to nursing practice. 
  9. Students will be able to practice nursing as prescribed by legal standards and in accordance with ethical principles.
  10. The student will be able to participate in activities consistent with self-development and professional growth.

 

Nursing - BSN Goals

The goal of education within the department of Nursing is to promote student growth toward realizing their personal and professional potential. Nursing knowledge and relevant knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral science are foundational for professional nursing and are prerequisites for graduate education. 

 

Nursing - BSN Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral sciences and Nursing to implement nursing practice decisions.
  2. Engage in critical thinking in all aspects of nursing.
  3. Deliver culturally sensitive care reflecting global issues at all levels of prevention.
  4. Use and manage information technology in nursing practice.
  5. Communicate effectively in professional relationships.
  6. Collaborate with patients, families, and other health care providers to design, manage and coordinate health care.
  7. Apply economic and management principles in leadership roles.
  8. Evaluate research findings as they apply to nursing practice.
  9. Practice nursing as prescribed by legal standards and in accordance with ethical principles.
  10. Participate in activities consistent with self-development and professional growth.

 

Nursing DNP - Mission Statement

The William Paterson University Department of Nursing, through its educational programs, is committed to preparing nurses who are accountable for the delivery of culturally sensitive, caring, and competent nursing care to diverse clients in a variety of settings.  Graduates of the Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs are encouraged to pursue life-long learning to effect and enhance self-development, professional growth, critical thinking and leadership. 

The goal of education within the department of Nursing is to promote student growth toward realizing their personal and professional potential. Nursing knowledge and relevant knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral science are foundational for professional nursing and are prerequisites for graduate education. 

 

Nursing DNP Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations. 
  2. Appraise and utilize current technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care. 
  3. Critique and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision-making and program development.
  4. Evaluate and influence healthcare policy and systems. 
  5. Provide leadership and inter-professional collaboration in multiple health care arenas.
  6. Evaluate systems responses to health and illness as a basis for the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health and functional abilities and the prevention of illness. 
  7. Integrate and apply in clinical context advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry. 
  8. Initiate changes in the healthcare system through the design and implementation of health related projects that strengthen the outcomes in the healthcare delivery system.

 

MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Mission Statement 

The William Paterson University Department of Nursing, through its educational programs, is committed to preparing nurses who are accountable for the delivery of culturally sensitive, caring, and competent nursing care to diverse clients in a variety of settings.  Graduates of the Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs are encouraged to pursue life-long learning to effect and enhance self-development, professional growth, critical thinking and leadership.

The goal of education within the department of Nursing is to promote student growth toward realizing their personal and professional potential. Nursing knowledge and relevant knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral science are foundational for professional nursing and are prerequisites for graduate education. 

 

MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry in the delivery of healthcare services.
  2. Develop leadership and communicate effectively using the collaborative approach to improve quality care.
  3. Analyze changes in the healthcare system through the design and implementation of health related projects that strengthen the outcomes in the healthcare delivery system.
  4. Apply evidence, research and theory to improve health services.
  5. Apply current health information and technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care.
  6. Advocate for healthcare policies and systems to improve healthcare.
  7. Analyze systems responses to health and illness to improve the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health that reflect respect across diverse cultures.
  8. Engage in advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations.

 

MSN Education Mission Statement

The William Paterson University Department of Nursing, through its educational programs, is committed to preparing nurses who are accountable for the delivery of culturally sensitive, caring, and competent nursing care to diverse clients in a variety of settings.  Graduates of the Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs are encouraged to pursue life-long learning to effect and enhance self-development, professional growth, critical thinking and leadership. 

The goal of education within the department of Nursing is to promote student growth toward realizing their personal and professional potential. Nursing knowledge and relevant knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral science are foundational for professional nursing and are prerequisites for graduate education.

 

MSN Education Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry in the delivery of healthcare services.
  2. Develop leadership and communicate effectively using the collaborative approach to improve quality care.
  3. Analyze changes in the healthcare system through the design and implementation of health-related projects that strengthen the outcomes in the healthcare delivery system.
  4. Apply evidence, research and theory to improve health services.
  5. Apply current health information and technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care.
  6. Advocate for healthcare policies and systems to improve healthcare.
  7. Analyze systems responses to health and illness to improve the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health that reflect respect across diverse cultures.
  8. Engage in advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations.

 

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Mission Statement

The William Paterson University Department of Nursing, through its educational programs, is committed to preparing nurses who are accountable for the delivery of culturally sensitive, caring, and competent nursing care to diverse clients in a variety of settings.  Graduates of the Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs are encouraged to pursue life-long learning to effect and enhance self-development, professional growth, critical thinking and leadership.  

The goal of education within the department of Nursing is to promote student growth toward realizing their personal and professional potential. Nursing knowledge and relevant knowledge from the humanities, the natural and behavioral science are foundational for professional nursing and are prerequisites for graduate education.

 

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry in the delivery of healthcare services.
  2. Develop leadership and communicate effectively using the collaborative approach to improve quality care.
  3. Analyze changes in the healthcare system through the design and implementation of health related projects that strengthen the outcomes in the healthcare delivery system.
  4. Apply evidence, research and theory to improve health services.
  5. Apply current health information and technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care.
  6. Advocate for healthcare policies and systems to improve healthcare.
  7. Analyze systems responses to health and illness to improve the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health that reflect respect across diverse cultures.
  8. Engage in advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations.

Nursing Videos


Undergraduate - Nursing at WPU


DNP Program at WPU


Faculty Recruitment and opportunities to advance nursing education at WPU


Undergraduate nursing students and alumnae share personal experiences

Nursing Faculty at WPUNJ

Nursing faculty at WPUNJ are diverse, collegial and share a joint vision for excellence in didactic and clinical education as well as maintain high standards for student learning. This video will offer a snap shot of nursing faculty at WP. Open opportunities to join our team will be posted on the Human Resources Employment Opportunities page.

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Department Spotlight

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Currently pursuing her master’s in nursing with a concentration as an adult-gerontologic nurse practitioner, Iryna Surmachevskai previously earned her bachelor’s in nursing from WP. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and has served as a peer tutor in the Nursing Enrichment & Tutoring Center on campus. Iryna is currently employed as a nurse by Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, where she conducted research for her final thesis project at WP, exploring the impact of obesity on orthopedic patients’ length of stay in rehabilitation hospitals.