Ellen Y. Mascia
Department of Nursing/Division of Health and Natural Sciences
Hired: September 1972
B.S.N., Rutgers University
M.A., New York University
Professor Mascia, a Registered Nurse, began her career working with children as a staff nurse in Pediatrics. With advanced education in Maternal Child Health, she continued as a Clinical Specialist in Obstetrics working with high risk mothers in New York City and later in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon return to New Jersey, where she was raised and later married, she began teaching as an Instructor for The County College of Morris. In her career at the college, she has had numerous roles as teacher, mentor to new faculty, team leader of courses, and facilitator of courses for continuing education as well as conferences for nursing staff held at the college.
Through the years, she has worked as a per diem staff nurse and supervisor to maintain and offer her students up-to-date clinical and critical thinking skills and has surprised many graduates by her appearance on a hospital floor working as a fellow peer. In the children’s storybook known as The Velveteen Rabbit, the little boy asks how his rabbit can be real and so the students when they ask if she is a real nurse are offered a surprise.
Professor Mascia has worked as an editor for textbook companies, for publications produced by Johnson and Johnson, and by International Childbirth Education Association. She was a support person for The Infertility Research Foundation in New York City and later appeared on Channel Five News for a special report on Infertility.
Professor Mascia was the past recipient of the NISOD AWARD for TEACHING EXCELLENCE which is sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Mascia teaches Obstetrics and periodically assumes the role of mentor to graduate students at Ramapo College with an interest in Maternal/Child Health.