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Dr. Connie Kartoz Joins Nursing Faculty

kartozDr. Connie Kartoz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing.  She is a family nurse practitioner who recently completed her PhD in Nursing at Seton Hall University, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson/New Jersey Nurse Initiative Scholar. Her research focuses on medication adherence and family relationships in older adults. She has taught at TCNJ in the grad program on and off for the past several years. While her current clinical practice is in rheumatology, she has primary care experience across all age ranges with additional experience in asthma and reproductive adolescent health.


Dr. Sharon Byrne Joins Nursing Faculty

byrneDr. Sharon K. Byrne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing.  She has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level and practicing as a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner for over 10 years.  Dr. Byrne holds a Diploma in Nursing from Helene Fuld in Camden County, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from LaSalle University, School Nurse certification from Rowan University, Master of Science in Nursing and Post-masters FNP and Health Administration certification from Widener University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Drexel University.  Her areas of research and scholarship interest are: global health initiatives, health care disparities, and breast and cervical cancer screening.


Professor Eileen Alexy and Clinical Lab Education Coordinator Norma Brown

Receive HITS Grant for Mobile Technology Project


Eileen M. Alexy, PhD, RN, APN, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing and Norma Brown, MSN, RN, Coordinator of Clinical Lab Education received a 2012-13 HITS: Health Information Technology Scholars Program project grant for expansion and further inclusion of simulation into the TCNJ nursing undergraduate program. The specific goals of the project are to: (a) promote the use of simulation, mobile technology (i.e., iPads®), and the electronic health record (EHR) in the simulation laboratory to incorporate safety measures (QSEN) and cultural competency, and (b) increase the use of informatics in the undergraduate nursing program. Participants include students in the junior level psychiatric mental health nursing course. The culture of the military client is incorporated into a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) scenario using the high fidelity simulator. Safety issues unique to the military client are discussed throughout the development and implementation of the scenario and during the debriefing phase. Mobile technology devices are  included at the bedside for students to explore military culture (e.g., ranks, jargon) and beneficial PTSD resources for the military client. Students are required to document the care provided during the scenario in the EHR. Following the scenario, students demonstrate knowledge of military culture, PTSD, mobile technology resources, and EHR documentation. Specifically, students’ nursing practice will be enhanced by their exhibiting the ability to do the following: demonstrate fundamental assessment techniques, communication skills, and tools for clinical practice; analyze and interpret data to produce meaningful clinical decisions and recommendations for the military client with PTSD.


Susan Boughn Recognized by Chi Upsilon Sigma

Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. recognized Dr. Susan Boughn for her support of minority women students at the organization’s 18th annual Making Achievement Continuous Conference, with the theme   of “Women of the 21st Century: Shattering the System.”  Expressing her appreciation for the award, Dr. Boughn commented, “I was so pleased when notified about my selection.  I was very surprised.” 

Chi Upsilon Sigma Latin Sorority, Inc. is dedicated to empowering minority women through development of political, educational, cultural and social awareness, as is exemplified by their motto, ‘Wisdom Through Education’.