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Seton Hall Nursing Professor to be Executive Director of NJ Board  

Dorothy CarolinaDorothy Smith Carolina, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., Seton Hall University College of Nursing assistant professor, recently announced she has accepted the position of executive director of the NJ Board of Nursing. Carolina will begin her tenure on May 31, 2016, and is looking forward to her new job.

According to the NJ Consumer Affairs website, the state board of nursing is responsible to protect the safety of the public by regulating nursing practice within the state of New Jersey. This is done through their licensure and accreditation policies to ensure practicing practical, professional and advanced practice nurses are qualified and competent in their practice.

“This position carries with it great responsibility to the public. The Board not only ensures that the standards of nursing practice are met and that nurses remain competent, but also serve consumers and the profession,” Carolina noted. “I am looking forward to working with the community and to continue to foster the outcomes of my predecessor.” 

George Hebert, M.A., R.N., an alumnus of Seton Hall College of Nursing served the NJ Board of Nursing from 2000 until his death in May, 2015. Joanne Leone, Esq., Deputy Executive Director, has since served as the acting executive director. 

Seton Hall Nursing dean Marie Foley, Ph.D., R.N. has mixed emotions about Carolina’s departure.

“Dorothy’s departure from will be a great loss for the College of Nursing. She brings so much enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to everything she does,” Foley said. “However, I am confident she will do great things for the profession in her new role. As an alumnae of the College of Nursing, she will always be a part of the Seton Hall community.”

Carolina completed her Ph.D. degree at Rutgers, the State University of NJ, an M.S.N. degree at Columbia University and her B.S.N. at Seton Hall University. She also earned a diploma at Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing. She has taught at Seton Hall for the past eight years.

Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975, the Ph.D. program developed in 2006 and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program created in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing MSN programs among the best in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. 

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