Faculty and Staff

Kathleen M Horan

Professor • Department of Nursing

Experienced and dynamic clinician and educator with over 29 years nursing experience in clinical practice and teaching (medical-surgical, cardiology, critical care, maternal-child and pediatrics) as well as administration in nursing programs. Completed PhD in Nursing Research. Research interests include identifying and supporting at-risk students and bridging the academic-practice gap to support a successful transition to nursing practice.


PhD Nursing Research, Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

MS Family Nurse Practitioner, Columbia University New York, NY

BS Nursing, Villanova University Villanova, PA


Nursing Education & Transition to Practice

Licenses and Certifications

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education, UMDNJ-Ramapo College

Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Registered Nurse , New Jersey Board of Nursing

Representative Publications

Burnout and Psychological Capital in Baccalaureate Nursing Students Enrolled in Clinical Rotations; Seton Hall University & ProQuest; 2022

Supporting Novice Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic; , American Journal of Nursing; Volume 120, Issue 12 2020

Leading our Frontline HEROES Through Times of Crisis with a Sense of Hope, Efficacy, Resilience and Optimism; , Nurse Leader; Volume 18, 2020

Using the Human Patient Simulator to Foster Critical Thinking in Critical Situations; , Nursing Education Perspectives; Volume 30, 2009

Representative Presentations

Enhancing Empathy in Nursing Students
Annual Convention, Virtual New Jersey League for Nursing
, 2021

Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implementation of a Hybrid Clinical Model
46th Biennial Convention Sigma Theta Tau
Indianapolis, IN 2021

Learning to Fly During a Pandemic Surge: Newly Licensed Nurses Experiences Working in COVID-19 Units
46th Biennial Convention Sigma Theta Tau
Indianapolis, IN 2021

Learning to Fly During the First Surge: A Qualitative Study of Novice Nurse Experiences and Advice for Future Nurses
34th Annual Reinkemeyer Research Day Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ 2022

COVID-19 Critical Care Crash Course
Continuing Education/Staff Support Morristown Medical Center
Morristown, NJ 2020

Awards and Honors

NISOD Award for Teaching and Leadership Excellence
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development

Scholarship for Excellence in Nursing Education
New Jersey League for Nursing and NurseTim

Gamma Nu PhD Student Scholarship
Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Nu Chapter, Seton Hall University

PRIDE in Action Award
Morristown Medical Center

Notable Courses Taught

Advanced Pathophysiology

Curriculum Development

Nursing Leadership

Professional Licensure Prep

Cultural Foundations of Nursing

Nursing Practice IV, Pediatrics and Medical-Surgical Clinical at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and St. Peter's University Medical Center.

Critical Care Nursing at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center

348 University Hall

By appointment