University Profiles

Virginia Clerkin

Virginia M. Clerkin, D.H.Ed., M.S.N., R.N., C.T.N.-A., C.N.L.

Assistant Professor- Graduate Dept. & Director- Clinical Nurse Leader Program

College of Nursing


Certified as a Transcultural Nurse- Advanced, with experience in a variety of settings.

Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Clerkin has endeavored to facilitate the learning process of students from personal experience as a practicing registered nurse in community health, coronary critical care, intensive care, medical-surgical, mental-health and school nursing. As a nursing educator and a certified member of the Transcultural Nursing Society, her goal is to provide the next generation of nurses with an education grounded on evidence based practices with sensitivity to the divergent cultural needs of those receiving care. Dr. Clerkin's research centers on the importance of providing culturally diverse transformational learning in order to improve teaching methodologies and leadership skills of nursing educators while collaborating with other professional nurses and educators to augment nursing programs to meet the demands of our global society.


  • D.H.Ed. A. T. Still University
  • M.S.N. Ramapo College of New Jersey/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Nursing Education and Technology
  • B.S.N. Ramapo College of New Jersey/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Academic Distinctions

  • Podium Presentation at CNL Summit; Facilitation of the CNL Role through Successful Collaboration between Practice Partners; the University and Acute Care Setting, 2013.
  • Item Writer Transcultural Nursing Certification, 2011.
  • Executive Board Advisory Council Matthew’s Hearts of Hope, 2011.
  • Student Excellence Award, Ramapo College/ University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2007. 
  • Member of the American Nurses Association.
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Member of National Association of School Nurses. 
  • Member of National League for Nursing.
  • Member of Society for Educational Reconstruction, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the Transcultural Nursing Association.
Selected Grant Funding:
  • New Careers in Nursing Grant, Seton Hall University College of Nursing; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $50,000.



Office Phone
(973) 761-9302


Office Location
Room NU247
Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Building


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