Location: Thompson Hall, Room 324
Chairperson: Linda J. McKay, M.S., R.N. 978-665-3222
Admin. Assistant: Rhonda M. Burgess, 978-665-3221
Secretary: Deborah Gifford, 978-665-3023
Admissions Office: 978-665-3144 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Accreditation (Approval Status)
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master’s degree in nursing at Fitchburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation
The Department of Nursing has full approval status from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Board of Registration in Nursing
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02114
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits Fitchburg State University.
The Department of Nursing is proud of our long distinguished history in Nursing education. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing a contemporary nursing education while fostering individual student development.
Aranda, Althea, Medical-Surgical Nursing
Arsenault, Arlana, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pathopharmacology
Bechar, Magda, Community Health Nursing, Chronic Illness
Benes, Deborah, Pediatric Nursing, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
Devine, Christine, Pediatric Nursing, Leadership and Management
Dumas, Robert, Mental Health Nursing, Leadership and Management
Duphily, Nancy, Maternal-Newborn Nursing, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
Finn, Teresa, Foundations of Nursing, Chronic Illness
Green, Nancy, Health Assessment, Pathopharmacology
Kressy, Jean, Health Assessment, Selected Nursing Practicum Seminar
Mariolis, Tara, Mental Health Nursing
Martin, Sandra, Medical-Surgical Nursing II
McAvoy, Kristin, Medical-Surgical Nursing II
McKay, Linda, Medical-Surgical Nursing
Meskauskas, Lola, Maternal-Newborn Nursing
Scannell, Ann, Community Health Nursing, Selected Nursing Practicum Seminar
Shields, Allison, Chronic Illness, Selected Nursing Practicum
Stone, Deborah, Health Assessment, Foundations of Nursing, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
The students in the Department of Nursing gain experience in health care settings throughout Massachusetts. In addition to off-campus health care facilities where students gain hands-on experience, the department offers:
- A well equipped health assessment lab
- A state-of the-art clinical skills/simulation lab
- Home care setting lab
- SimMan, SimBaby, SimNewB, and SimMan 3G, technologically advanced manikins which challenge and test students’ clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios
Technical Standards for Admission: Progression and Graduation
The faculty of the Department of Nursing has identified a set of technical standards that we deem essential to a student's success in meeting the outcomes of the nursing program:
- Communication Skills: The student admitted to the nursing major must be able to communicate with accuracy, clarity and efficiency with patients, families, members of the health care team, as well as with instructors and peers. This includes both verbal and nonverbal communication. Each student must have the ability to speak, read, comprehend and write the English language.
- Cognitive Abilities: The nursing student is expected to demonstrate cognitive abilities which include intellectual, conceptual, integrative, quantitative, critical thinking and comprehension skills that allow the student to carry out the nursing process in the care of patients.
- Visual, Auditory, and Tactile Abilities: The nursing student must have sufficient capacity to make and interpret visual, auditory, and tactile observations.
- Motor Abilities, Strength and Physical Endurance: The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to provide comprehensive nursing care.
- Behavioral and Social Attributes/Abilities: The nursing student must possess the emotional and mental health required for full use of their intellectual, communication /observation, motor and sensory abilities in order to exercise sound, stable judgment in the care of patients in a variety of settings.
As students progress through the nursing program, it is essential that nursing students meet the above Technical Standards
Good Moral Character
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing requires that
an applicant must be “of good moral character” for the Board to find the
individual to be safe and competent to practice nursing. The GMC
standard is created by statute and it assists the Board in determining
whether an individual’s character poses a risk to the public health, safety
or welfare and/or to the likely provision by the individual of safe, competent
nursing care. Good Moral Character Requirements for Licensure
Program at a glance
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at Fitchburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
Program approval by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Undergraduate Level Online Program
Graduate Level Online Programs
Clubs and Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Beta Chapter International Nursing Honor Society
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing/CCNE
- MA Board of Registration in Nursing
- Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN)
- The American Nurses Association, Inc.
- Anderson NCLEX-RN Review
Anthony, Room 102
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg MA 01420