NURSING

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Overview

Our professional program in the field of nursing prepares you to be licensed as a registered nurse and ready to practice in the profession in any health care facility. The program is consistently ranked as one of the best in the state and produces one of the best NCLEX pass-rates year-in and year-out.

The Bloomfield College nursing program is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is fully accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org) and the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

Bloomfield College also offers an RN to BSN Accelerated Degree program for Registered Nurses.

Please review the recommended sequence of courses for the nursing program.

Please read the Technical Standards that are required for all students in the Nursing Major.

What you'll study:


Nursing skills, therapeutic communication, clinical judgment, teamwork and collaboration, and research and evidence-based practice skills.

What you can do:


Become a registered nurse, health care administrator or health educator.


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Requirements

Criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major

Admission to the nursing major formally begins with entry into NUR 215 Foundations of Professional Practice. In order to qualify for the major, all students must have completed the following requirements:

  1. GPA of 2.75 required to enter the major.
  2. The following seven courses: WRT 102 or WRT 105 or WRT 106, WRT 108 or WRT 109, MTH 130, MTH 140/MTH 141, BIO 205, BIO 206, and NUR 105, all with minimum grade of C.
  3. A student who repeats more than three of the required courses (WRT 106, WRT 109, MTH 130, MTH 140/MTH 141, BIO 205, BIO 206, and NUR 105) cannot enter the major.
  4. Students must be eligible to enter the nursing major within two years of initial enrollment as an undeclared-nursing student. If the student is not eligible for entry to the nursing major within two years, then the students must declare a different major.
  5. A pre-entry standardized examination is required for admission into the nursing major. The examination must be taken in the semester prior to admission into NUR 215. The standardized examination may only be taken for a total of two (2) times. The selection process is competitive and may result in students being placed on a waiting list for admission into the major.

Criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major for College Transfer Students

Students may transfer course credits from other colleges or universities. The following stipulations apply:

  1. Students must be eligible to enter the nursing major within two years of initial enrollment as a pre-nursing student. If the student is not eligible for entry to the nursing major within two years then the student must declare a different major.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.75.
  3. Transfer of nursing courses subject to evaluation by the Division of Nursing. Transfer of non-nursing courses subject to College policy.
  4. Refer to criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major above.

Additional Requirements for the Nursing Major

  1. Health clearance must be obtained from the College Health Service every year. Students are not eligible to participate in clinical nursing experiences if health requirements are not met.
  2. Students enrolled in clinical courses must provide evidence of current American Heart Association CPR certification.
  3. All Nursing students are required to have criminal history background checks.* Clinical agencies accredited by JCAHO require criminal background checks for all individuals engaged in patient care. If a student is denied clinical placement by any clinical agency due to criminal history information, that student will be withdrawn from the Nursing major.

*Additional fees may be required

Requirements for Progression in the Nursing Major

Students may progress to successive courses based upon their ability to demonstrate:

  1. Satisfactory academic achievement of grades of C or better in nursing courses.
  2. Satisfactory completion of clinical objectives as measured by the clinical evaluation tool. A clinical failure constitutes a failure in the entire course!
  3. Once a student is admitted to the major, if the student must repeat a fourth course (including prerequisites, corequisites, or course designated as NUR), the student cannot continue in the major.
  4. Only one nursing course (NUR designation) may be repeated once. A withdrawal or grade of C- or below on the second attempt necessitates withdrawal from the major.
  5. All nursing courses must be taken in sequence (completion of all sophomore level courses before beginning junior level, completion of all junior level courses before beginning senior level).

Requirements for Licensure

  • Senior level nursing students must successfully complete all course requirements of the major in order to obtain the BS degree. In order to be endorsed by the College to sit for the NCLEX (licensure) examination, the students must fulfill the following additional requirements. If these requirements are not met, the Division of Nursing reserves the right to deny endorsement to sit for the NCLEX examination.
  • A standardized comprehensive exam will be given to all graduating seniors at the end of the spring semester in order to assess readiness to sit for the NCLEX. Students who perform satisfactorily will be endorsed by the Nursing Division. Unsuccessful students may repeat the standardized comprehensive exam until they are successful.
  • All students must provide the documentation of successful completion of a Division-approved NCLEX review course before receiving endorsement to sit for the NCLEX.

New Jersey Board Requirements

The State Board of Nursing determines who is eligible to take the Registered Nurse examination (NCLEX-RN). Graduation from the Nursing program satisfies one of the eligibility requirements. There are other eligibility requirements as well. Since eligibility requirements may vary, candidates should consult with the Board of Nursing of the state in which they plan to take the Registered Nurse examination.

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Fast Facts

  • All nursing students engage in clinical practice.
  • Our nursing licensure rate is 94 percent.
  • The Bloomfield College Nursing program is consistently ranked one of the top programs in the state.
  • The Bloomfield College Nursing alumni have been selected for prestigious awards.
  • Expected job growth: 16 percent from 2014 to 2024.
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You could be …

A registered nurse: Median pay $68,450 per year. Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

A health care administrator: Median pay $96,540 per year. Health care administrators plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians.

A health educator:Median pay $44,390 per year. Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities.

(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)


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Contact Information

Lorraine Flood

Lorraine Flood

Director, Nursing Lab

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1659
Office: College Hall, Room 38
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Doreen Gagnon

Doreen Gagnon

Associate Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1134
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 8
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Ismat Mikky

Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1329
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 10
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Phyllis More

Phyllis More

Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1325
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 2
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Lori Ann Palmieri

Associate Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1330
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 9
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Rosita Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1331
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 11
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Neddie Serra

Neddie Serra

Chair, Division of Nursing
Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1120
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 3
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Jacquelyn Svercauski

Assistant Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1328
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 8
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Lisa Ruiz

Division Coordinator

Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1324
Office: 74 Oakland Ave., Room 1
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Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Alpha Chapter

Mission Statement

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people. We support learning and professional development of our members who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

Vision

All three organizations-the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International; The International Honor Society of Nursing Building Corporation; and the International Honor Society of Nursing Foundation-exist to further the vision of the society, which is to create a global community of nurses who lead using scholarship, knowledge, and technology to improve the health of the world’s people.

Membership Information

  • “Membership is by invitation only to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.”
  • Worldwide, more than 340,000 members have been inducted.
  • Sigma Theta Tau is the second largest nursing organization in the world, with more than 120,000 active members.
  • Sixty-one percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees. Forty-eight percent are clinicians, 21 percent are administrators or supervisors and 20 percent are educators or researchers.
  • There are 423 chapters on 523 college campuses in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Brazil, and Netherlands.

Benefits of being an active Sigma Theta Tau member include:

  • Eligibility for chapter and international awards, scholarships, and grants
  • Access to the Virginia Henderson On-Line Library
  • Leadership development program and running for an office on the Board
  • Networking opportunities with nurses in every specialty world-wide, which are particularly helpful if you are relocating
  • Subscription to the Journal of Nursing Scholarship
  • Evidence-Based Practice resources, and The opportunity to support nurse colleagues in advancing the profession in research, leadership, and clinical practice

Joining the Iota Alpha Chapter also has additional benefits, including:

  • Participation in an excellent scholarly program each year— focusing on research
  • Research grants for members to further nursing scholarship
  • On-going collaboration with stimulating colleagues—we are a great group of people in this chapter!

New Memberships

Current Students

Iota Alpha chapter has formulated a strategic plan that proposes that sustainable development is necessary for excellence in nursing research, education and practice. We invite persons meeting the requirements for application to join our chapter. Sustainability requires human interaction, collaboration, and commitment.

You are invited to join Iota Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International to sustain our purposes:

  • Recognize superior achievement.
  • Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
  • Foster high professional standards.
  • Encourage creative work.
  • Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing.

Those qualified to apply are:

  • Undergraduate Students: GPA 3.0 after completing 1/2 of the curriculum
  • Graduate Students with a 3.5 GPA after completing 9 units
  • RN's not currently enrolled in school are eligible as nurse leaders if they have completed at least a baccalaureate degree and are recommended by an active member of the Alpha Eta Chapter.

Nurse Leaders

Practicing Nurses no longer in school

Iota Alpha chapter has formulated a strategic plan that proposes that sustainable development is necessary for excellence in nursing research, education and practice just as excellence in research education and practice is necessary for sustainable development. Toward this end we invite persons meeting the requirements for application to join our chapter. Sustainability requires human interaction, collaboration, and commitment.

You are invited to join Iota Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International to sustain our purposes.

The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to:

  • Recognize superior achievement.
  • Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
  • Foster high professional standards.
  • Encourage creative work.
  • Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing.

Those qualified to apply are:

Transferring or Dual Membership

For current (or inactive) Sigma Theta Tau members interested in establishing membership with Iota Alpha Chapter, go to the website of STTI and select "membership."

There are several options for current or inactive members. It is possible to change chapter affiliation when you renew your membership online. Detailed instructions are available in the FAQs.

Thanks for considering selecting Iota Alpha Chapter as your home chapter.

Sigma Theta International website http://www.nursingsociety.org

Membership Renewal

Do you want to renew your lapsed (or current) membership to Iota Alpha Chapter? Lapsed members pay the same fee as current members. There is no additional reinstatement fee or charge for the years you were away.

To renew your membership to Iota Alpha Chapter, go to the Sigma Theta International website or call: 888.634.7575 (toll free)

Contact Information

Officers and Executive Board
President- Daria Napierkowski, DNP. ANP, CNE (2017-20019)
Vice President- Jacquelyn Svercauski, DNP, RN< CNE (2016-2018)
Secretary- Sharon Puchalski, DNP, WHNP (2016-2018)
Treasurer- Karen Phillips, EdD., RN (2016-2018)
Counselor- Lizy Mathew, EdD, RN (2017-2019)
Bloomfield College Liaison- Lorraine Flood, MSN

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Fast Facts

  • All nursing students engage in clinical practice.
  • Our nursing licensure rate is 94 percent.
  • The Bloomfield College Nursing program is consistently ranked one of the top programs in the state.
  • The Bloomfield College Nursing alumni have been selected for prestigious awards.
  • Expected job growth: 16 percent from 2014 to 2024.


"Bloomfield College is a great place to be. As a health educator, I have the opportunity to get to know each student I teach. It is like a little community where you can make a difference in each life you touch.” – Neddie V. Serra, Bloomfield Nursing Faculty
“You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is.” – Thom Dick, American author and advocate for caregivers
"Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help." – Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN, author of Nurses Are from Heaven
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." – Mahatma Gandhi, prominent Indian political leader