Nursing

Nursing Track 

 

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 Student 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.

 

How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Nursing Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Christina B. McSherry, at (973) 720- 3486 or at mcsherryc@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. Christina B. McSherry holds a Doctorate in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University and a Masters in Nursing Education from NYU. Her primary research interest is focused on end of life issues, specifically the changes that a person experiences as they live their dying experience. She has presented her research at different venues including: The Sixth Annual Conferences of the New Jersey End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), April 2011, and the New Jersey State Nurses’ Association Convention, 2009.

Dr. McSherry has worked, with colleagues, on two federally funded longitudinal research studies: Quality of Life for AIDS and Cancer Patients and their Family Caregivers; and Education and Social Support from Women with Breast Cancer and Their Partners. 

Her publications include:

McSherry, C. B. (2010). The inner life at the end of life. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care Nursing, 13(2), pg. 112.

Sherman, D. W., Norman, R., & McSherry, C. B. (2010). A comparison of death anxiety and quality of life of patients with advanced cancer or AIDS and their family caregivers. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 21(2), 99-112. Doi:10.1016/j.jana.2009.07.007

Budin, W. C., Hoskins, C. N., Haber, J., Sherman, D. W., Maislin, G., Cater, J. R., Cartwright- Alcarese, F., Kowalski, M. O., McSherry, C. B., Fuerbach, R., & Shukla, S. (2008). Breast cancer - education, counseling and adjustment among patients and partners: A randomized clinical trial. Nursing Research, 57(3), 199-213.

Sherman, D. W., Ye, X. Y., McSherry, C. B., Parkas, V., Calabrese, M., & Gatto, M. (2007). Symptom assessment of patients with advanced cancer and AIDS and their family caregivers: The results of a quality-of-life pilot study. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 24(5), 350-365.

Sherman, D. W., Ye, X. Y., McSherry, C. B., Parkas, V., Calabrese, M., & Gatto, M. (2006). Quality of life of patients with advanced cancer and acquired immune deficiency syndrome and their family caregivers. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9(4), 948-963.