Rowena Curva, PhD, APRN, FNP-C


RBHS Lecturer & Clinical Learning Facilitator, Rutgers School of Nursing



Over the past fourteen years, Rowena has held several positions in nursing as a clinician, educator, and leader.  She has worked as an RBHS Lecturer and Center for Clinical Learning Facilitator in Rutgers School of Nursing since 2015.  Over the past seven years, Rowena has implemented and integrated simulation-based learning experiences in curricula for traditional and second-degree and graduate-level advanced practice nursing programs. Additionally, Rowena has facilitated multiple interprofessional simulations across Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences programs. She is a committee member of the CVA IPE Planning Team and is passionate about the value of interprofessional and interdisciplinary care in promoting health and wellness for all populations.

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

A certified family nurse practitioner, Rowena 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; and trauma nursing (TNCC); emergency pediatric nursing (ENPC).

Rowena 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 successfully defended her dissertation in June 2023 and graduated in October 2023 with her PhD in Nursing from Rutgers University, School of Nursing.  Her dissertation research examined simulation debriefing practices and facilitator perspectives in the NJ, NY, and PA tri-state area.