NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y – Deborah Little was recently appointed chair of Monroe College’s School of Nursing.
The New Rochelle Daily Voice interviewed Little about her new post.
What is your take on your new role?
It is an exciting opportunity to expand the current program into a baccalaureate degree program with a major in nursing. This would offer the bachelor’s degree in nursing for current Monroe students completing the registered nurse program, as well as students without a foundation of study in nursing to be admitted directly into the bachelor’s program, current licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and those with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline would also have access to the bachelor’s program.
The School of Nursing is committed to provide a pathway for seamless academic and entry into the practice of nursing to provide safe, quality care. The School of Nursing is equally committed to contribute to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendation for achievement of 80 - percent of nurses’ attainment of a bachelor of science in nursing degree by the year 2020.
How does it feel?
Monroe College has a wonderful work environment. Everyone is caring and respectful, work together to achieve goals and support the students to accomplish their academic goals as their primary focus.
What process did you go through to become the new chair of the Monroe College School of Nursing?
Multiple interviews including with the president of the college, Stephen Jerome, several department deans and chairs, and nursing faculty.
What do you plan to accomplish in your new role?
Transform the curriculum utilizing the National League for Nursing Education Competencies Model. This would provide a basis for outcomes and competencies to be the core focus of mastery by the nursing graduates so they are well prepared to meet the health-care demands of the future. To support the current full-time faculty to pursue a transition into doctoral studies. Expand the nursing program to evening and weekend sections.
The following information about Little's background was provided by Monroe College:
Little began teaching at Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing in Montclair, N.J. She later became assistant dean of the Christ Hospital School of Nursing, in Jersey City, N.J. in 2011.
Little began her career by attending the St. Francis School of Nursing in Jersey City, N.J. and soon after began working as a critical-care nurse. She obtained a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Seton Hall University, in South Orange, N.J. and a master’s degree in nursing from Columbia University, with a major in acute care clinical specialist and minor in education, the school said. Little is also certified to teach nursing by the National League for Nursing.
Monroe practical student nurses have passed the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse exams at the extraordinary rate of 98 percent in 2011.