The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide the breadth and depth of academic and clinical experiences to prepare registered nurses for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles within the context of a continuously changing health care system. Nurses educated at the baccalaureate level are prepared as nurse generalists able to practice in a variety of settings and clinical situations. Nurses educated at the master’s level are prepared for specialization in roles of nurse managers and
administrators and in
content areas of nursing and healthcare administration/leadership, transcultural nursing, and community nursing. Nurses prepared at both levels contribute to clinical excellence and quality of care through active participation in continuously raising standards of care in the region.

History of the Kean Ocean Nursing Program

In an effort to significantly improve the standard of nursing care throughout the state, while
recognizing the need for a flexible and affordable option for higher level nursing education,
Dr. Virginia Fitzsimons developed the Kean Ocean Nursing program in 2004.  Kean Ocean Nursing
now offers a BSN completion program for AD and Diploma nurses as well as three MSN tracks.  
As Program Coordinator, Dr. Fitzsimons continues to oversee the Kean Ocean Nursing program,
which offers one of the most flexible and affordable options for nurses wishing to advance their
education.  Construction has begun on a Kean Ocean building located on the campus of Ocean County College.  Kean Ocean Nursing courses are currently held on both the main Ocean County College
campus as well as the Southern Education Center in Manahawkin, NJ.

Future Expansion of Kean Ocean

Kean University and Ocean County College (Kean Ocean) have formed a partnership that enables area residents to complete the upper division courses required for certain Kean University undergraduate degree programs and specific graduate programs right here on the OCC campus.

Kean Ocean Gateway Building
(Projected completion: May 2013)

The Kean-Ocean Gateway Building will provide additional space needed to accommodate area residents interested in earning a bachelor's degree on Ocean County College's Toms River Campus.

The five story classroom and office complex will include the following features:

                                            •225-Seat Lecture Hall                            •Two Laptop Computer Labs   
                                            •Four Seminar Rooms
                              •Two 26-Seat Conference Rooms
                                            •Graphic Design Studio                            •50-Seat Multipurpose Room
                                            •Offices for Fifty-Six Faculty                    •Pre-Function Preparation Room
                                            •Three Lecture Hall Support Rooms         •Physical Education/Nursing Demo Room
                                            •Twenty-five 35-Seat Classrooms            •Administrative Office Suite for Kean and OCC