Online Faculty

William Paterson Faculty - Kathleen Horan

Kathleen M. Horan | Professor

“Although individual course objectives vary, my overall goal is to prepare students for the realities and rigor of professional nursing.”

Degrees Held:

  • PhD, Nursing, Student/all but dissertation – Seton Hall University, 2013-present
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education – Ramapo College, 2006
  • MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner – Columbia University, 1998
  • BSN – Villanova University 1993

Career Highlights:

Over 25 years of experience in both clinical practice (medical-surgical, cardiology, and pediatrics) and teaching and administration in pre-licensure nursing programs. All but dissertation/preparing research proposal in a PhD program involved nursing student preparation and successful transition to practice. Recipient of the NISOD Award for Teaching and Leadership Excellence in 2017. Received Nurse Tim and NJLN Scholarship for Teaching Excellence in 2019.

Served on the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing Advisory Council from 2016-2019. Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing, 2014-present. Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the ANCC, 1998-present. Member of Sigma, National League for Nursing, New Jersey State and American Nurses Association and the Eastern Nursing Research Society.

In which online degree program do you teach?

  • Which classes do you teach online?

    NUR 3250: Cultural Foundations of Nursing; others TBD

  • What do you want students to take away from your courses?

    Although individual course objectives vary, my overall goal is to prepare students for the realities and rigor of professional nursing.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    In my job as a nurse practitioner, I found precepting students very rewarding. This led me to pursue teaching nursing, first as a part-time clinical instructor and eventually as a full-time faculty member teaching both didactic and clinical courses.

  • What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

    I would like students to know that the William Paterson University Department of Nursing prides itself in developing courses and programs that are relevant, well-organized, and encourage active learning and inter-professional collaboration.

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?

    Excellent organizational and time management skills. Astute verbal and written communication skills.

  • What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

    Preparing for the constantly changing workplace and increasing demands of technology and documentation.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving.

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

    I believe that we must be the change you want to see in the world (Gandhi).

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