Trinitas School of Nursing Program Information
Trinitas School of Nursing
40 West Jersey Street, 3rd floor
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Phone – 908-659-5200
Fax – 908-659-5201
Dean – Donna M. Penn MSN, RN, CNE

Trinitas School of Nursing is a Cooperative Nursing Program with Union County College granting a Diploma in Nursing and an Associate in Science degree.

The Trinitas School of Nursing program is approved and accredited by:
New Jersey State Board of Nursing
PO Box 45010, Newark, New Jersey, 07101

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The School of Nursing is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education in the category of Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development from 2008-2020.

Union County College
Accredited by: Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

History of the School of Nursing
Trinitas Regional Medical Center proudly represents the heritage of the School of Nursing whose graduates have served as professional nurses in our community and throughout the world.

In keeping with the Medical Center's philosophy of diversity of service offerings and of commitment to community development, a School of Nursing was conceived under the auspices of the Ladies' Aid Society in 1891. Growth in enrollment from the first year's admission of six students to a student body of more than 1800 students in 2017 attests to the community's recognition of the maintenance of high quality standards of education over the past century.

Since 1947, the School has enjoyed an educationally advantageous association with Union County College. The association has enhanced the School's ability to keep abreast of educational and scientific advancements, and has strengthened the students' base of knowledge and intellectual skills. This articulation stems from a philosophy that the School must prepare a nursing practitioner who is capable of meeting the demand for intelligent nursing care of clients and their families.


Philosophy of the School of Nursing

The faculty of the Trinitas School of Nursing, in keeping with the mission of Trinitas Health, is committed to providing a high-quality nursing education program to a diverse population representative of the community it serves. The School is a part of this community and the faculty believes that it has a responsibility to be aware of and responsive to the health needs of its members. The Faculty and students interact with members of the community to assist them in meeting identified health needs.

Recognizing the challenges that result from continual changes in the structure and delivery of healthcare; the varying complexities of health conditions; the variety of healthcare settings; and the explosion of health information and technology, the School is fortified by a culture of integrity and excellence in its commitment to educate students who will be prepared to face these challenges with a spirit of fairness, justice, community service, social responsibility for others, and the courage to be innovative.

The Faculty believes that human beings are complex, rational, spiritual beings. Inherent in the human condition is one's right to dignity and value in every stage and condition of life. Human beings have created complex social systems in which they interact with each other to protect, nurture and educate their members. Human beings exist, with varying degrees of independence, in many contexts as members of families, communities and society. Individuals are capable of using their intellects to take deliberate actions directed toward maintaining life, health and wellbeing of self, society and their environment. Human beings are accountable for their actions.

Health is a dynamic state that is influenced by an individual's reciprocal interaction with the environment. Individuals possess their own personal cultural definition of health that may differ from the beliefs of the people with whom they come in contact. Further, it is the Faculty's belief that access to health care is a basic right of all individuals.

Nursing is an art and a science characterized by interpersonal, therapeutic and evaluative processes. It is based on a body of nursing knowledge and research and makes use of the natural and behavioral sciences. An essential element of nursing practice is caring. Nursing's goal is to collaborate with the client and family, assisting them in the acquisition of knowledge and abilities necessary to achieve the highest possible level of health.

Using critical thinking and clinical judgment the nurse assesses, analyzes, diagnoses and treats commonly occurring human responses to actual and potential health problems, providing a holistic response to the complex health needs of human beings. The nurse engages in collaborative relationships with members of the healthcare team in order to provide the range of professional nursing services that the client, family and groups may require. The nurse respects and interacts with a diverse population in a variety of settings within the community.

Teaching/learning is an interactional lifelong process. During the learning process, students integrate new and previously held knowledge and beliefs to form insights and ideas that empower them to think critically and make clinical decisions that are appropriate to the situation. Reflecting the belief that students learn differently, the faculty guides the student to utilize a variety of learning strategies and resources to facilitate the student's learning. Learning is a self-directed activity with faculty members functioning as facilitators joining with the students in the reciprocal learning process.

Students come to the School of Nursing with diverse backgrounds and differing strengths and experiences. The School recognizes this diversity and therefore, provides opportunities to the qualified student to navigate the educational environment in order to maximize their individual potential well beyond their entry-level program. It is the responsibility of the School to provide an environment in which the student may successfully acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a safe and effective entry level registered nurse.

The graduate of the School is prepared to assume the role of a safe, caring, ethical beginning graduate nurse with varying amounts of supervision. The graduate is capable of practicing within a variety of settings. It is the responsibility of the graduate to continue the learning process in order to maintain competency or to advance to another level of practice. Graduates are responsible for being aware of and responsive to population-focused health care as well as making meaningful contributions to the profession of nursing and society.

Trinitas School of Nursing Goals
The School will:
  1. Graduate an entry level nurse who can practice in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Produce a graduate who is successful in passing the NCLEX-RN examination on the first attempt.
  3. Engage in a contractual agreement with Union County College to offer the student a program that leads to a Diploma in Nursing and an Associate in Science degree.
  4. Provide opportunities for seamless academic progression.
  5. Utilize existing facilities, institutions, and resources while seeking out opportunities for expansion.
  6. Provide educational access to a diverse student population that is representative of the community.
  7. Collaborate with community agencies to meet identified nursing education and/or health care needs.
End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
The Graduate will:
  1. Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors in the provision of patient-centered care.
  2. Use clinical reasoning while applying the nursing process to provide safe, competent and contemporary care to individuals, families and groups.
  3. Practice within the legal and ethical boundaries of the nursing profession.
  4. Identify threats to safety and design strategies to reduce the risk of harm to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan.
  5. Collaborate with members of the inter-professional team to provide and improve patient care.
  6. Engage in the continuous process of life-long learning and professional development within a dynamic society.
  7. Use information management (informatics) principles and systems and patient care technology to communicate, promote safe patient care and support clinical decision making.
School of Nursing Program Outcomes
Five (5) quality indicators are trended to demonstrate evidence that graduates are achieving identified competencies consistent with TSON Philosophy, Student Learning and Program Outcomes and professional standards.
  1. Trinitas School of Nursing NCLEX-RN licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first time test takers for the 12 month period January 1 – December 31st.
  2. 70% of the students who begin the first clinical nursing course will graduate from the program within 150% of the time frame allotted for the program track (generic or LPN-RN)
  3. 80% of Trinitas School of Nursing graduates will report satisfaction with program effectiveness as agree or strongly agree as per the Graduate Survey.
  4. 80% of Trinitas School of Nursing graduates who are seeking employment will obtain a nursing position within 12 months of graduation as per the Job Placement Survey.
  5. 80% of employers of Trinitas School of Nursing graduates will report satisfaction with program effectiveness as agree or strongly agree as per the One Year Employer Survey.