Nadine M. Aktan, PhD, FNP-BC

Nadine Aktan

Interim Associate Dean, Entry to Baccalaureate Practice, and Clinical Professor

Division of Advanced Nursing Practice


SSB 1436

(973) 972-1227

Nadine Aktan, PhD, FNP-BC (she/hers) is the Interim Associate Dean of the Division of Entry to Baccalaureate Practice at Rutgers School of Nursing. Dr. Aktan is a nurse educator, scholar and family nurse practitioner who has specialized in the provision of advanced nursing care across the lifespan in varied primary and urgent care settings. Her professional focus changed in 2005 when appointed to an academic position at William Paterson University, where she rose to the role of Chairperson from 2013-2019. Dr. Aktan’s research area of expertise includes the exploration into facets of nursing education and the nurse practitioner’s role in the optimization of patient care outcomes. Her program of scholarship has included a myriad of publications and professional presentations at local, regional, national and international forums, as well as her popular books: Fast Facts for the New Nurse Practitioner and Fast Facts for Nurse Practitioners: Current Practice Essentials for the Clinical Subspecialties (Springer). Dr. Aktan was a NJ Biz Nurse and March of Dimes Nurse Educator of the Year finalist.

Throughout her tenure at William Paterson University, Dr. Aktan served in a number of notable roles such as the Lead Nurse Practitioner Coordinator for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Family Nurse Practitioner Programs, Accelerated BSN Program Coordinator, Chair of the Chair’s Council and Faculty Senate Executive Board Member. She has been active in the New Jersey Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing Deans and Directors Organization collaborating on a state-wide initiative to improve first time NCLEX-RN pass rates. More recently, she was awarded a University-wide award for service and collaborated on a funded 5-year HRSA grant to provide scholarships for economically underserved nursing students. Dr. Aktan continues to practice as a family nurse practitioner in several settings. She received a BSN, MSN, and PhD in Nursing from Rutgers University where she conducted her dissertation exploring the relationship between social support and anxiety in postpartum women. Dr. Aktan is dedicated to mentoring junior faculty toward innovation and success and to serving as a role model for nursing students.