Noreen Nelson


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Noreen Nelson

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Noreen Nelson's additional information

Noreen Nelson, PhD, RN, is a clinical assistant professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. For over eleven years, her work has focused on improving systems and processes to better support the care of vulnerable populations with chronic illness through coaching and quality improvement projects. Passionate about facilitating learners to be critical thinkers, she publishes and presents on active learning, simulation learning, and mentorship in nursing, with a particular focus on simulation learning in community health and adult and elder nursing. She strives to develop a future nursing workforce of caring competent nurses prepared to improve geriatric and palliative care through systems change. She is a certified nurse educator through the National League of Nursing.

Nelson has extensive clinical expertise in population health, including quality management in community nursing. She is a consulting associate at Duke University as part of a team teaching population care coordination, both locally and nationally. In this role, she has coached all levels of healthcare providers and management in the integration of population health concepts into their workforce practice, with a special emphasis on motivational interviewing, transtheoretical model of change, and transformational leadership.

Following on her involvement with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, it created a Population Health Program to support the delivery of quality care to clients in both acute- and long-term care programs. As a passionate advocate and previous chair of the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee and board member of Care for the Homeless (NYC), Nelson works to improve the healthcare of the homeless population and address the system issues involving chronic care management of vulnerable populations. 

Among her honors, she received the Outstanding Performance & Lasting Contribution Learning Collaborative Award from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Nelson received a BS in nursing from Hunter College, an MS in nursing from Lehman College, and PhD in Adult Learning and Secondary Education from Capella University.

PhD, Adult Learning and Secondary Educations - Capella University (2011)
MS, Nursing - Lehman College (1989)
BS, Nursing - Hunter College (1979)

Community/population health
Vulnerable & marginalized populations
Chronic disease
Nursing education
Transcultural care

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
National League of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

Faculty Honors Awards

Hall of Fame, Christ the King Regional High School (2015)
Certificate of Appreciation, New York University (2015)
Letter of Appreciation, Nassau Health Care Corporation (2008)
Letter of Appreciation, New York Institute of Technology (2006)
Outstanding performance & lasting contribution: Learning Collaborative, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (2003)


Facilitating Active Learning and Critical Thinking in Large Classrooms Utilizing Collaborative Learning and Technology

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Advanced Care Planning

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Beliefs and perceptions of mentorship among nursing faculty and traditional and accelerated undergraduate nursing students

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Nelson, N. (2018). In M. Smith, J. Fitzpatrick, & R. Carpenter (Eds.), Encyclopedia of nursing research. Springer.

Faculty and Student Perspectives on Mentorship in a Nursing Honors Program

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Honors programs: Current perspectives for implementation

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A death with dignity: A nurse's story of the end of life of her mother

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