The College of Nursing welcomed two recently appointed administrators to oversee all aspects of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs as it transitions to a new innovative interprofessional health science (IHS) campus for the health professions. Judith Lucas, Ed.D., APN, is the associate dean for undergraduate programs and associate professor in the College of Nursing as well as adjunct associate professor for the new Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Kathleen Neville, Ph.D., RN, is the associate dean for graduate studies and research and joins Seton Hall following 28 years as professor and offsite program administrator for RN-BSN and graduate programs at Kean University and is also adjunct professor in the new School of Medicine. Both women began their positions in January of 2018 and have accomplished much in a short period of time due to a parallel background in nursing practice and administrative leadership.
Judith Lucas, Ed.D., APN
With more than 30 years in nursing education, Lucas served as assistant chair in the undergraduate department, and has found that the move to a larger administrative role was a fairly smooth one. Nevertheless, her responsibilities as associate dean are numerous and require direct oversight for all the undergraduate nursing programs, including assessment, accreditation and standards for licensure. "We do consistently well with our pass rates," she states. "We also have an excellent reputation with our partner hospitals and community agencies. We've begun honors clinical experiences at Hackensack Meridian Health, Morristown Medical Center, among others, and they are wonderful learning experiences for Seton Hall nursing students. Students love these opportunities because they get to develop their nursing role by participating in precepted clinical experiences -- a number have been hired as a result of their excellent work. Other hospitals have requested to become part of the program," she continued.
Neville began her career in the field of pediatric nursing, caring for children and adolescents with life threatening illness, which led to her research focus addressing the psychosocial issues in adolescents with cancer. Having obtained a Ph.D. in Research and Theory Development in Nursing, Neville's passion has historically been educating both undergraduate and graduate nursing students as well as practicing clinicians in research and evidence-based practice. Her own research endeavors have focused on a wide array of clinically meaningful research for nurses. According to Neville, "The role of associate dean for graduate studies and research, at this time in my life, represents exactly where I want to be. Facilitating, mentoring and engaging with faculty on scholarly initiatives is exciting, and can be very gratifying."
Kathleen Neville, Ph.D., RN
Neville, furthermore, views the vast areas of advanced practice with which nursing faculty engage in, ranging in specialties from neonatal to geriatrics, acute care to community and transitional care, and the shift from individual to population health as fertile prospects for supported research. Additionally, she states, "Many faculty are to be admired for their volunteer outreach to underserved communities that in addition to providing servant leadership, can certainly provide wonderful grant, research and evidence-based opportunities."
With the move to the new IHS campus, both Lucas and Neville are most enthusiastic about furthering their academic roles in interprofessional education and the expansion of collaborative educational experiences for students and faculty from the College of Nursing, the School of Health and Medical Sciences, and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.
The concept of holistic care has been a touchstone of nursing education at Seton Hall University for many decades. Now it will carry forward as part of a pioneering initiative where physicians, nurses and other health professionals share knowledge, learn and practice together and meet the needs of the twenty-first century healthcare system. At the core of this, many believe, is nursing, which acts as a vital link, connecting patients and their families with health care providers and facilities. Both administrators agree that, in the future of interprofessional healthcare, nurses have a significant role in transforming healthcare.
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