Faculty and Staff

Cheryl Hollema

Professor • Department of Nursing

Dr. Hollema is an advocate in promoting graduate nursing education. She has over 20 years of nursing experience in education and primary care practice, predominantly in pediatrics and obstetrics. Dr. Hollema is an Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at William Paterson University. She is currently the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Online Program, having a primary role in developing and expanding the program. She received her BSN from William Paterson University, earning both Post Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner and MSN from Pace University, and a DNP from Samford University in Nursing Practice. Dr. Hollema is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and actively practices as a FNP in a large pediatric primary care practice in New Jersey. She has published in areas of Attitudes and Practices of Influenza Immunizations in Obstetrics, Clinical Simulation as it Relates to Faculty Development, the Evaluation of Post-Masters DNP Programs, and the Sustainability of the DNP Project. She currently is working in collaboration on a grant from Academic Partnerships to research Factors that Promote Persistence and Retention in an Online Program.

Professional Interests

Advanced Practice Nursing
Mentor/Preceptor to Nurse Practitioner Students

Other Interests

Boating, Jet Skiing


DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice, Samford University Birmingham, AL

Other Family Practice, Pace University New York, NY

MS Nursing Science, Pace University Pleasantville, NY


Family Nurse Practitioner - Pediatrics

Licenses and Certifications

Family Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Nurse, New Jersey Board of Nursing State

Board Certification - Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center National

Representative Publications

Evaluating post-masters DNP programs through the Boyer Model Lens; , SciMed Central - Annals of Nursing and Practice; 2016

; , The Journal of Pregnancy and Child Heatlh; 2015

Faculty development in high-fidelity clinical simulation; , International Journal of Nursing Didactics; 2015

Representative Presentations

Sustainability of the DNP Project: A look at deterring barriers and their linkage to practice
2018 11th Annual DNP Conference - Doctor of Nursing Practice National Conference
Palm Springs, CA 2019

“Cultivating and Refining Clinical Knowledge and Practice: Relating the Boyer Model of Scholarship to the DNP Graduate”
WPUNJ Research and Scholarship Day William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ 2015

“Current Attitudes and Practices among Pregnant Women toward Influenza Immunization”
DNP National Conference Doctors of Nursing Practice
Seattle, WA 2015

“Faculty Development in High Fidelity Simulation” at Drexel Conference on Simulation in Healthcare
Conference on Simulation in Healthcare Drexel University
Fort Lauderdale, FL 2012

Awards and Honors

Nursing Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

Fellowships, Grants and Research

Hollema, C., and Puchalski S. (2021). “Factors that Promote Persistence & Retention in an Online Program”.

Notable Courses Taught

Advanced Practice Nursing 3
Advanced Practice FNP Health Assessment
FNP Practicum
Population Health, Legislation, and Social Policy

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