Welcome to the Nursing Department

Lisa Rebeschi Nursing Chairperson

Whether you are a current or prospective student/parent or a prospective faculty member, I am proud to tell you about the Department and encourage you to further explore our website.

The Department of Nursing at Southern Connecticut State University aspires to become a model for excellence in teaching both the art and science of nursing. Our mission is to prepare both undergraduate and graduate nursing students to deliver humanistic, safe, and evidence-based care within a variety of healthcare environments and provide leadership to improve the quality of the healthcare delivery system.

The Department of Nursing was established in 1969. As we reflect back over the past 40+ years we are so proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty (including retired and emeritus faculty), staff, students, and alumni. Since the inception of the program, the Department has maintained continuous accreditation. The baccalaureate and master's programs at Southern Connecticut State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20035,
(202) 887-6791.

We offer a traditional four-year bachelor's degree program, an accelerated career entry (ACE) program for those with a BS or BA in another discipline, and an online RN to BS program.

Our graduate MSN programs were first offered in 1985. Presently, graduate students are able to select one of three tracks: Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Leader. Additionally, students who already have an MSN can enter certificate programs in any of these three areas.

In the fall 2012 semester, we launched our new EdD in Nursing Education in collaboration with Western Connecticut State University. This particular program is designed to prepare future nursing academic leaders, well-equipped to educate the next generation of professional nurses. The 53 credit program is offered online and is designed for working professionals. In addition to required coursework, EdD students will engage in dissertation research designed to advance the science of nursing education.

Now is a great time to think about Careers in Nursing or to advance your career by pursuing a BS degree, MSN, or EdD in Nursing Education. As you probably know, the nation is facing a growing shortage of both nurses and nursing faculty and the demand for these professionals is expected to grow. I encourage you to learn more about some of our alumni as I am certain that you will be inspired by their professional accomplishments.

We are proud of the growth and accomplishments within the Department. In fact, the Department continues to develop new programs, engaging teaching and learning strategies, and innovative ideas. From our original graduating class of just 13 students, the nursing major at SCSU has been identified as one of the top selected majors on the campus.

I invite you to contact the Department for further information. You might be interested in speaking with one of our faculty or visiting one of our classes. Please let me know how I might assist you. I thank you for visiting our website and I am available to you for any questions that you may have.

Respectfully,

Lisa M. Rebeschi, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Professor, and Chair
Nursing 101 E
(203) 392-6485
RebeschiL1@SouthernCT.edu

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updated 4/13

Department of Nursing Faculty Recognized at Education Summit

On April 24th, 2015, nursing faculty members Dr. Barbara Aronson and Dr. Lisa Rebeschi were recognized at the Education Summit of the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative Action Coalition (CNC-AC) held at the Yale School of Nursing. Associate Vice President Marianne Kennedy attended the recognition ceremony in support of the work conducted in nursing.

Nursing Faculty

Nurse educators from academic settings must establish and maintain strong practice partnerships with healthcare institutions in order to eliminate the existing sharp divide between academia and practice. A recent initiative, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sought to minimize that divide and better prepare students for their future practice as registered nurses. Specifically, Yale New Haven Hospital, Gateway Community College and Southern Connecticut State University were members of the South Central Partners of the project and worked collaboratively to enact the Nurse of the Future Competencies. Faculty completed a thorough gap analysis of their curricula to find gaps related to patient centered care, professionalism, leadership, systems based practice, informaticsand technology, communication, teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice. These competencies help to address the health care workforce needs of the future by better preparation of nursing students and new graduates. The gap analysis also assists in identifying the educational needs of associate degree nursing students who articulate into baccalaureate nursing degree programs. The project also involved dissemination of the findings to key stakeholders within the three organizations and identification of opportunities for students and nurses to bridge the identified gaps and meet the Nurse of the Future Competencies. Over 175 recommendations were made and an action plan was developed to implement many of these strategies over the next several years. The healthcare delivery system is rapidly changing and nursing education has to be diligently focused on keeping current with changes that occur in practice. As new nurses graduate they have the need to be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide high quality, safe, and effective nursing care.