Department of Nursing -  History

The '60s: The Dawn of a Program

Staten Island Community College (SICC), of The City University of New York (CUNY), began offering an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) with a major in nursing in 1965. The AAS nursing program was located at the original SICC campus on Bay Street in Staten Island, New York. National League for Nursing (NLN) accreditation was sought upon graduation of the first class of students. Full accreditation was received and has continued throughout the progress of the program. The College moved to the new and modern Sunnyside Campus at 750 Ocean Terrace in 1967. At that time, the Nursing Department was the recipient of "state of the art" laboratories and equipment.

The '70s: New Growth

The merger of SICC and Richmond College in 1976 formed a senior college--The College of Staten Island (CSI). The faculty of the nursing department began to explore the possibility of offering a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The addition of this degree would enable graduates of AAS and diploma programs in the area to continue their education in the borough of Staten Island. A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing was initiated at CSI in 1982. National League for Nursing (NLN) accreditation was sought upon graduation of the first class of students. Full accreditation was received and has continued throughout the progress of the program.

The '90s: Scholarly Visions

Once CSI became a BS degree-granting program, the Department was able to apply for membership in Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. A new Chapter, Mu Upsilon, was established and chartered in April 1992. Chapter activities have brought many honors to the College and the Department.

With establishment of the new CSI Willowbrook Campus, the Department of Nursing moved in Fall 1993 to Marcus Hall, Building 5 South, 2800 Victory Boulevard. Since then, there have been steady improvements at the CSI campus and the Department of Nursing. The main office of the Department is located in Room 213 of Building 5 South. Faculty offices are on the first and second floors of the same building. The building has several practice laboratories and learning resource areas. Additional information can be found on Bulletin Boards posted on the walls of the second floor of the building, outside of Room 213.

2000: A New Century; New Growth in Excellence, Scholarship & Leadership

The year 2000 marked another milestone for the Department of Nursing. A Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing was initiated, providing for Clinical Nurse Specialist preparation in Adult Health. The new program admitted its first students in Spring 2000. The program received a Federal grant of $637,000 to provide resources for meeting program goals. In 2002, a Masters in Gerontological Nursing, with preparation in the role of Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist was added. In 2003, the program expanded to offer additional options: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nursing Practitioner (CNS/NP), each in Adult Health or Gerontologic Nursing. Post-graduate programs offered for nurses holding master's degrees include the Advanced Certificate in Adult Health Nursing and the Advanced Certificate in Gerontological Nursing. In 2008, an online Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence was offered, the first of its kind in the nation. Candidates in these programs are prepared to meet the requirements for certification as adult or gerontological nurse practitioners by New York State and additional national credentialing organizations. The Department is also proud of the contributions of its faculty. The faculty have a rich tradition of accomplishments. They publish texts and articles, conduct research, speak at local, national and international conferences, and receive a variety of grants that benefit the Department and its students. In 2009, the High-Fidelity Simulation Center was dedicated. This undertaking was enhanced by funding from Staten Island’s New York State Senator Lanza.

Recognizing the importance of collaboration and partnership, the Department formed an Advisory Board consisting of alumni, students, friends, and colleagues from the community who work with faculty to help chart the course of nursing programs into the new century. The Board meets annually to discuss issues of importance and to help identify the needs of our community.

Also in this decade, a long-time vision of the Department faculty was the initiation of a doctoral program in nursing. Together, the nursing faculty from CSI, Hunter, and Lehman Colleges collaborated to develop a Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) research degree to be offered at the CUNY Graduate Center. The vision was realized, a consortium model was implemented, and the first class was admitted in 2006.

The Second Decade of the 21st Century (2010 to present): Simulation, Changing Environments, Working to Sustain Excellence

The second decade of the 21st century (2010-present) has been a very active period in the hist