Name: Kathleen M. Horan
Academic Rank: Associate Professor, Chairperson
School: Health and Natural Sciences
Office: CH 301
Education: Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, UMDNJ-Ramapo College
M.S.N. /Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, Columbia University
B.S.N. Villanova University
Hired: August 2003
Professor Horan has been a nurse for over 20 years. Her clinical experience includes the hospital and outpatient settings, working predominantly with cardiovascular patients, but also in women’s health and pediatrics. She has also volunteered in the Dominican Republic with Intercultural Nursing, INC and here in the United States with Americares.
During her early clinical practice as a registered nurse at Overlook Hospital, Professor Horan worked as an educator of student nurses, preceptor of new staff, and patient educator. As an advanced practice nurse, she worked in cardiology both in the inpatient and outpatient areas and also served as a preceptor for nurse practitioner students at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
In the academic setting, Professor Horan worked for one year as an adjunct faculty member and head clinical instructor at Columbia University. She also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the County College Morris beginning in 2002, prior to joining the college full-time in 2003.
Professor Horan published an article in the January-February 2009 edition of Nursing Education Perspectives entitled: “Using the Human Patient Simulator to Foster Critical Thinking in Critical Situations”.
Professor Horan obtained Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) status through the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 2011. She is member of Sigma Theta Tau, the NLN, the American Nurses Association and the NJ Council of Associate Degree Nursing Programs.
Here at County College of Morris, Professor Horan has taught clinical and didactic content in all of the core nursing courses. She has been active in student advisement and served on multiple committees. She has been committed to threading technology and simulation into the curriculum. She has attended a wide variety of conferences. After attending the QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) Forum in 2012, she became committed to threading these concepts into the nursing curriculum as well. She has made several nursing presentations to the public as part of County College of Morris’ Community and Professional Programs. In addition, she has been actively involved in outcomes assessment and served as a co-chair of the nursing department’s self-study report for re-accreditation in 2012.
From a leadership standpoint, she participated in the college’s Leadership Academy in 2006. She served as Assistant Chairperson and Weekend Nursing Program Coordinator from 2006-2009, as well a team leader in NUR 214 for several years. In August 2015, she was appointed Chairperson of the Nursing Department.