Nursing

Nursing Track 

2014 Honors Nursing Students

 

The Nursing Honors Track provides an in-depth experience in nursing research and evidence- based practice for students who are pursuing a Baccalaureate in Nursing. Included with the standard nursing courses, there is the opportunity to develop a unique relationship with a nursing professor who will support and encourage a more comprehensive and extensive experience. Nursing Honors Students are prepared for challenges of the healthcare arena and gain more advanced knowledge in evidence-based practice and research and the framework necessary to support an evidence-based practice.

Nursing Honors Students will take Honors sections of fundamental science courses in the College of Science and Health and upon completion of all prerequisites; they will continue their studies with nursing courses.

 

The Track is Ideal For:

  • Nursing Majors who expect to continue their education to the masters and/or doctoral level with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Nursing students interested in becoming a generalist nurse
  • Nursing students interested in working within the healthcare system acting as a novice evidence-based practicing nurse

 

Curriculum:

In addition to the general nursing courses, the Nursing Honors Track students are expected to complete several nursing courses at the honors level: Critical Thinking Honors and Leadership Seminar Honors. There are three additional courses that the Nursing Honors Track students must complete that are specific to the Track: Evidence-based Clinical Practice, Nursing Research Honors, and the Independent Research Seminar Honors.

The Evidence-based Clinical Practice and the Nursing Research Honors courses will prepare the Nursing Honors students for the Independent Research Project that they will implement with their professor during the Independent Research Seminar the last semester of their senior year.

 

What projects have students completed in the past?

Students in the Nursing Track have produced theses with the following titles:

Thesis Title

Student Name

Year

Is Religiosity/Spirituality Related to Perceived Stress in College Students?

 

Delecia Brown

 

2014

Technology's Effect on Academic Performance

 

Natalie Del Guidice

 

2014

The Relationship Between Sex Education and Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Attitudes, and sexual Behavior in College Age Individuals

 

Lauren Ensley

 

2014

The Views and Attitudes towards Influenza Vaccines and How it Affects Vaccination Decisions in College Students

 

Jeffrey Lao

 

2014

Early Onset Health Education and Smoking Behaviors

 

Jeanine Marinello

 

2014

The Effects of Body Shape on Academic Performance

 

Alexis Martinez

 

2014

The Relationship Between Amount of Exercise and Stress Levels in College Students attending a Public University

 

Brianna McPartland

 

2014

The Relationship Between Alcohol Consumption, Quality of Life, and Grade Point Average in College Students

 

Tanya Monroe

 

2014

The Relationship of Sleep Quality and Stimulant Use to Academic Performance

 

Kristian-Neil Urbina

 

2014

The Relationship between spirituality, anxiety, and depression among four year BSN students studying at universities in New Jersey

 

Lauren Boyton

 

2013

A Comparison of Course Delivery Methods in Nursing Education: Student Satisfaction, Perceived Stress, and Anxiety

 

Min Kyung Kang

 

2013

The Effectiveness of Electronic Medical Record System and It's Correlation with the Quality of Nursing Care

 

Christopher Klobus

 

2013

The Correlation of Attitudes Towards Mental Illness and Social Distance

 

Kristine Malig

 

2013

Exercise, Risk for Anxiety, & Risk for Depression

 

Tenzin Y. Nelung

 

2013

Perceived Stress, Social Support, and GPA in College Students

 

Nhat Minh Nguyen

 

2013

The Effect of Physical Activity on Self-Esteem

 

Kristina Palermo

 

2013

Mood Risk for Depression Among College Students: Living on Campus versus Living at Home

 

Hannah Vallangca

 

2013

Crohn's Disease in Adult Men and Women and the Relationship between Fatigue, Anxiety, and Quality of Life

 

Erin Wydner

 

2013

Relationship between Perceived Stress, Sleep Quality, and Dietary Habits in Nursing Students

 

Sandra Zavala

 

2013

Pet Therapy and Stress in College Students

 

Rebecca Couper

 

2012

HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Testing Among College Students

 

Elisa Di Bianco

 

2012

Examining the relationship between alcohol use and religiosity in college students

 

Amanda Gaetano

 

2012

Nutritional Knowledge and Healthy Diets

 

Tenzin K. Nelung

 

2012

Among College Students, What is the Relationship Between Sleep Quality and the Factors Age, Gender, GPA and Chosen Major?

 

Christina Niotis

 

2012

College Students' Academic Major's Affect on Stress and coping

 

Amanda Paul

 

2012

Does a Person's Perception of their Risk for Diabetes affect their Lifestyle Choices?

 

Catherine Paul

 

2012

Risk for Depression and Migratory Grief among Recent Immigrant College Students

 

Caressa Valdueza

 

2012

Exercise Amount and Fatigue Levels among College Students

 

Rebecca Van Vugt

 

2012

Palliative Care End on Life

 

Lauren Randolph

 

2011

A Comparative Study of the Use of Visualization in Tibetan Buddhist Religious and Medical Practice and in Contemporary U.S. Health Care

 

Jean Piuck

 

1987

 

How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Nursing Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Jill Nocella, at (973) 720- 3483 or at NOCELLAJ1@wpunj.edu. You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at pinkstonj@wpunj.edu. A completed track application must also be submitted to the Honors College. 

 

About the Track Director:

Dr. Jill Nocella holds a Doctorate in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University and a Masters in Nursing from the Pennsylvania State University. She has worked extensively in the managed care environment in the areas of preventive health, quality management and case management.  She is a clinical nurse specialist in community health as well as a complex case manager.  Her primary research interest is focused on quality of care, specifically the role of nurses in clinical and utilization outcomes of patients with chronic conditions. She has presented her research at the Eastern Nursing Research Society and NYU Langone Medical Center.

Her publications include:

Dickson, V. V., Nocella, J., Yoon, H. W., Hammer, M., D’Eramo-Melkus, G., & Chyun, D.  (2013).  Cardiovascular disease self-care interventions, Nursing Research and Practice, 407608, 1-16.

Nocella, J.  (2013).  Telehealth in The Encyclopedia of Eldercare (3rd edition), Capezuti, Malone, Katz, Mezey. Springer Publishing Company.