Marilyn Klainberg, RN, EdD, MS, is an associate professor of nursing and chair of the department of family, mental health and community systems for Adelphi Universitys College of Nursing and Public Health in Garden City, N.Y.
An Adelphi graduate, Klainbergs nursing career spans 50 years. Among her many contributions during that time are several books on community health nursing and nursing leadership, as well as receiving New York State Department of Health research grants to assess the needs of the new traditional student and to study anxiety and computer testing. She has conducted research on why students cheat and the impact that cheating has on nursing practice. In 2010, she formed a consortium of schools of nursing to implement research concerned with academic misconduct.
Klainbergs passion for teaching and mentorship has led to a fulfilling career in academia. She has served in many positions at Adelphi, including associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies, director of continuing education and director of the RN program, as well as director of continuing education at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Her greatest impact, she said, has been in the areas of teaching, student advisement and mentoring for both students and colleagues. She sees it as her way of paying it forward.
“At some point, we are all mentored and taught by others,” she said. “I am thankful for those nurse educators and nursing peers who have mentored me and have helped me to grow in my profession. There are so many that I could not list them all.”
In 2008, Klainberg was appointed to the New York State Nurses Association Council on Nursing Education, which monitors and analyzes current trends and issues concerning nursing education in the state and across the country. Two years later, she was named chairperson of the council. That appointment, along with her previous involvement with such organizations as the National Honor Society of Educators and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, has allowed Klainberg to witness the evolution of nursing education.
“I believe being an educator is one of the most important and rewarding things anyone can do,” she said. “Helping prepare nurses, encouraging them to go forward in their career and, above all, to provide excellent and compassionate care to patients — especially in todays changing healthcare environment — is most important to me.”
Last year, Klainberg was honored by the Alpha Omega Chapter of STTI for mentoring, a moment she said was a highlight of her career.
“My greatest achievement and the highlight of my career has been seeing students go forward, past their own expectations in acquiring an education beyond their basic nursing education,” she said.
— Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.
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