NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a plan to unite two of the university’s nursing programs, which will launch a new era of nursing education in the state of New Jersey that will enhance training and improve patient outcomes.
Effective July 1, 2014, the Rutgers College of Nursing – which operates in Newark and New Brunswick – and the School of Nursing’s programs in Newark will consolidate and begin operating as the Rutgers School of Nursing. The school will award most degrees currently available in Newark and New Brunswick. The programs are part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).
The consolidation brings together the best teaching, facilities and resources in nursing education.
“Combining our resources as a united School of Nursing will enable us to improve health outcomes by enhancing our education and training of nurses, our research activities, our care to the communities we serve and our visibility,” said RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom. “Simply put, we will be able to serve the people of northern and central New Jersey more effectively and efficiently.”
William Holzemer, current dean of the College of Nursing, will become dean of the combined Rutgers School of Nursing. Susan Salmond, current dean of the School of Nursing, will become executive vice dean.
The school will implement a framework for administrative support and faculty governance under which academic disciplines will reside in one of three major areas: Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing Education, Advanced Practice Nursing and Nursing Science.
“The College and School of Nursing have identical goals and aspirations in all areas,” said Strom. “Combining them makes terrific sense on a number of levels and gives us greater opportunities to excel as one of the most powerful nursing education programs in the country.”
The consolidation will not immediately affect student, faculty and staffing levels. The Rutgers School of Nursing will begin operations with approximately 100 faculty members and 1,800 students.
The consolidation plans for the School of Nursing will be submitted for accreditation to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, and The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, each of which has accredited the current College of Nursing and School of Nursing.
In addition, a separate plan to expand the operations of Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden by integrating with the current School of Nursing program in Stratford, is being finalized. Pending approval by the Board of Governors, this integration would also become effective on July 1.
Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. The university serves more than 65,000 students on campuses, centers, institutes and other locations throughout the state.