The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies
Dean: Janet Mahoney, PhD
Associate Dean: James Konopack, PhD
The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies was established in 1998.
The School of Nursing and Health Studies reflects in its philosophy the mission of Monmouth University: to provide a learning process and environment that enables students to realize their full potential and enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, groups, and the community.
The baccalaureate is the first professional degree in nursing. It prepares a generalist and is the basis for graduate study and continuing education in nursing. Professional nursing education focuses on the development of an accountable practitioner and responsible citizen. Professional nurses need knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences in order to understand the interrelating factors that influence the health of individuals and society. This knowledge facilitates their special obligation to promote a healthy environment for all persons. Further, this knowledge enriches the conceptual base that supports both critical thinking and ethical decision-making expected of the professional nurse.
The faculty believe that nursing is a learned profession with a unique body of knowledge. Nursing is not only a science arrived at through scientific research but also an art which reflects the performance of skilled tasks and human interaction. Such breadth of professional knowledge can only be attained within the system of higher education. Graduates obtain entry-level positions as registered nurses.
Education for nursing is idealistic and future-oriented yet sufficiently realistic to provide students with an opportunity to develop justifiable confidence in their intellectual, as well as clinical, proficiency in the practice of nursing. This preparation can occur only within an environment that allows for individual differences and fosters personal integration, healthy self-esteem, vital social awareness, enjoyment of leisure, and a sense of commitment to the attitudes and values of the nursing profession.
In the belief that professional nurses must possess the capacity to modify their roles and responsibilities as healthcare continues to change, the faculty look to baccalaureate education to provide students with knowledge of nursing science, enabling them to develop their personal philosophy and framework for nursing practice. This framework encompasses an understanding of the past, the present, and the emerging roles of the professional nurse. To fulfill the expanding role of professional nursing, baccalaureate education is essential.
The faculty believe that education is an active, ongoing process involving student-teacher collaboration and that learning is an experiential activity. They believe that the teaching-learning process involves not only the teacher and the student but also the social system within a framework of dynamic relationships that promotes the change and growth of individuals. It is recognized that students have the ultimate responsibility for their own learning and professional growth.
Students are viewed as unique individuals with varying learning styles. Therefore, a variety of experiences and teaching strategies are used within the program to enhance the development of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities within the student.
The school offers:
- a Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) and
- an RN to BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for registered nurses;
- a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies program for non-nursing majors;
- a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies/Physical Education program with or without an Endorsement in K-12 Education;
- a Health Studies minor for non-nursing majors; and
- an undergraduate interdisciplinary certificate in gerontology.
Nursing Student Honor Society: Lambda Delta Chapter - Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society