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



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


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


Delecia Brown



Technology's Effect on Academic Performance


Natalie Del Guidice



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


Lauren Ensley



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


Jeffrey Lao



Early Onset Health Education and Smoking Behaviors


Jeanine Marinello



The Effects of Body Shape on Academic Performance


Alexis Martinez



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


Brianna McPartland



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


Tanya Monroe



The Relationship of Sleep Quality and Stimulant Use to Academic Performance


Kristian-Neil Urbina



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


Lauren Boyton



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


Min Kyung Kang



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


Christopher Klobus



The Correlation of Attitudes Towards Mental Illness and Social Distance


Kristine Malig



Exercise, Risk for Anxiety, & Risk for Depression


Tenzin Y. Nelung



Perceived Stress, Social Support, and GPA in College Students


Nhat Minh Nguyen



The Effect of Physical Activity on Self-Esteem


Kristina Palermo



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


Hannah Vallangca



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


Erin Wydner



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


Sandra Zavala



Pet Therapy and Stress in College Students


Rebecca Couper



HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Testing Among College Students


Elisa Di Bianco



Examining the relationship between alcohol use and religiosity in college students


Amanda Gaetano



Nutritional Knowledge and Healthy Diets


Tenzin K. Nelung



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


Christina Niotis



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


Amanda Paul



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


Catherine Paul



Risk for Depression and Migratory Grief among Recent Immigrant College Students


Caressa Valdueza



Exercise Amount and Fatigue Levels among College Students


Rebecca Van Vugt



Palliative Care End on Life


Lauren Randolph



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


Jean Piuck




How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Nursing Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Jill Nocella, at (973) 720- 3483 or at You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at 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.