May 25, 2021 Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth University Name Director of Simulation Lab and Learning Center

Rowena Curva, MSN, APN, FNP-CWest Long Branch, N.J. – Rowena Curva, MSN, APN, FNP-C, has been appointed Director for the Linda Grunin Simulation Lab and Learning Center, an innovative partnership between Monmouth University and Monmouth Medical Center.

Providing state-of-the-art training to Monmouth Medical Center’s resident physicians and medical students, Monmouth University nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy and students from other disciplines, the Linda Grunin Sim Lab and Learning Center, located at Monmouth Corporate Park in West Long Branch, also is a valuable resource to the community for training first responders, including local EMT and firefighters.

Curva, who began this new role on May 17, joins the Simulation Lab and Learning Center from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Nursing, where she has worked as a Clinical Learning Facilitator in the Center for Clinical Learning since 2015.

“Over the past six years, Rowena has implemented and integrated simulation-based learning experiences in curricula for traditional and second-degree and graduate-level advanced practice nursing programs as well as interprofessional simulations for medical, dental, pharmacy, social work, and physical therapy students,” says Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAHA, FAAN, Dean & Professor, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth University. “Her extensive experience includes working with all levels of simulators and equipment, standardized patients, and objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs). During the shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, she delivered high quality, remote learning simulation experiences.”

Joseph Jaeger, DrPH, MPH, Chief Academic Officer for Monmouth Medical Center, notes that Curva also has expertise and a strong interest in global health.

“Rowena has collaborated with the University of Dodoma School of Nursing in Tanzania to build faculty capacity by creating and implementing a faculty training program in simulation-based learning for integration into their curriculum,” Dr. Jaeger said. “She has also delivered simulation-based disaster-preparedness training for the Japanese Tomodachi Johnson and Johnson Nurse Training Program.”

A certified family nurse practitioner, she has significant clinical experience as a registered nurse and nurse educator in the emergency department. Additionally, she is certified in basic (BLS), advanced (ACLS), and pediatric (PALS) life support; trauma nursing (TNCC); emergency pediatric nursing (ENPC); and the essential trauma course (ESTC).

Curva earned her BA in television and media arts from Rutgers University, her BS in nursing and MS in nursing for family nurse practitioner from the former UMDNJ School of Nursing (now Rutgers). She is a PhD in nursing candidate at Rutgers School of Nursing and is currently collecting data for her dissertation research examining simulation debriefing practices and facilitator perspectives in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania tristate area.

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