Monika Schuler


Monika Schuler, PhD she/her

Associate Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community

Curriculum Vitae




Dion 202A




  • Nursing education
  • Research
  • Simulation
  • Substance use disorder - stigma




Online and Continuing Education Courses

For Registered Nurses with bachelor degrees in areas other than nursing. The purpose of the course is to provide non-traditional students with a common knowledge base including the community perspective as a foundation for graduate study in nursing. Students examine realities of modern nursing practice; explore the philosophical, professional, and theoretical bases for nursing practice as a framework for graduate study; reflect on professional practice and evaluate it in light of established standards; explore strategies aimed at promoting success in graduate education such as critical thinking and written communication; analyze issues and trends in the health care delivery system; and develop a population focus for nursing interventions that improve health outcomes consistent with Healthy People 2020. In addition, students examine professional values essential to advancing nursing practice.

Application of various principles & theories of program planning & evaluation to address health issues in a defined community. Using various modalities of data assessment, the health of a defined community will be examined through socioeconomic & political perspectives. Identification of strengths, assets, resources, as well as needs will support the development of a health focused program plan. Ethical & cultural considerations are explored in the design of program plans.
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Introduction to theoretical & evidence-based approaches to nursing education. Pedagogical methods are explored to develop student critical thinking & clinical competence in the role of nurse educator in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on assessing learning needs, educational planning, instructional design, teaching strategies, test construction and evaluation based on theoretical & empirical knowledge.
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Research awards

  • $ 591,485 awarded by FOUNDATION FOR OPIOID RESPONSE EFFORTS for Novel Organizational Simulation Training to Improve Graduate's Mastery & Attitude


Research interests

  • Nursing education
  • Substance use disorder
  • Transition to practice

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Schuler, M., Tyo, M., & Barnett, K. (2021).
    Nursing Student Perceptions of Required Online Educational Programs Utilized Outside the Classroom
    Nurse Education Today
  • Schuler, M (2021).
    The Reflection, Feedback, and Restructuring Model for Role Development in Nursing Education
    Nursing Science Quarterly, 34(2), 183-188.
  • Wallace, S., Schuler, M., Kaulback, M., Hunt, K., & Baker, M. (2021).
    Nursing student experiences of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Nursing Forum, March, 1-7.
  • Schuler, M., & Horowitz, J. (2020).
    Understanding Students’ Attitudes Toward and Empathy for Patients With Substance Use Disorder After a Mentorship Practicum.
    The Journal of Nursing Education, 59(3), 149-153.
  • Schuler, M., & Chung, J. (2019).
    Exam Wrapper Use and Metacognition in a Fundamentals Course: Perceptions and Reality.
    The Journal of Nursing Education,, 58(7), 417-421.

Dr. Schuler is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and nurse educator. She has experience teaching with simulation and research with undergraduate and graduate education. She has a program of research that focuses on understanding stigma and nursing in patients with OUD.  She is actively practicing as a nurse practitioner working with patients with OUD.

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