I am the success coach program coordinator and co-coordinator of NRS. 110 and NRS. 115. I believe in preparing nursing students to meet the complex needs of patients in the health care system. My research interests include: active learning strategies, success coaching, clinical reasoning, interprofessional collaboration, and nursing concepts.


Doctor of Nursing Practice-Leadership/Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University

MS, Hunter College

BS, College of Staten Island

AAS, College of Staten Island

Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, College of Staten Island

Scholarship / Publications

Scholarships / Awards

Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Nursing Faculty Recognition Award

Dr. Scholl Foundation Nursing Doctoral Scholarship

Seward Johnson Nursing Doctoral Scholarship

Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Upsilon Chapter Doctoral Scholarship

Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Upsilon Chapter, Excellence in Teaching Award



Arca-Contreras, K. (2017). Transforming Passive Students into Active Learners through the Flipped Classroom. International Forum for Nursing and Healthcare.



Arca-Contreras, K. (2016). Nursing Student Success Coaching Program. UNM Mentoring Institute’s 9th Annual Mentoring Conference. UNM Mentoring Institute.

Courses Teaching

NRS. 110 Theory/Lab
NRS. 115