About the College
The College of Nursing, located in Newark and New Brunswick, is known for the quality of its faculty, academic programs and alumni; its research, service and educational programs contribute to improving the health and well being of diverse populations and enhancing patient safety and quality across all health care settings.
Mission of the Rutgers College of Nursing
To educate students, advance the discipline of nursing through research and scholarship, provide service responsive to the health care needs of multicultural populations; and demonstrate local, national, and international leadership in informing health care outcomes.
The College of Nursing's mission reflects the beliefs of the faculty and provides direction to the curricula of the baccalaureate, the master's, and the doctoral nursing programs, as well as to the continuing education and Educational Opportunity Fund programs. The College's mission and goals are congruent with the University's tripartite mission of education, research, and service.
The primary purpose of the College of Nursing is to provide education at the baccalaureate level for those entering the profession of nursing and for registered nurses wishing to obtain a baccalaureate degree, and at the master's and doctoral levels for those who wish to pursue graduate level study in nursing.
Vision of the Rutgers College of Nursing
The College of Nursing is known for the quality of its faculty, academic programs and alumni; its research, service and educational programs contribute to improving the health and well being of diverse populations and enhancing patient safety and quality across all health care settings.
History of Nursing at Rutgers in Brief
In 1955, the School of Nursing received accreditation by the National League for Nursing. On March 6, 1956, the School of Nursing became the College of Nursing. Ella V. Stonsby, who had served as the first director of the School of Nursing, was appointed the first dean of the College.
Supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, a program of graduate study at the master's level in psychiatric nursing was established in 1955. In 1974, master's programs in community health nursing, parent/child nursing, and medical/surgical nursing were added. A doctor of philosophy program in nursing was approved by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1989.