Maryelena Vargas

Maryelena Vargas, PhD, FNP-BC, IBCLC

Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing and Allied Health



  • Health Care Delivery Systems and Public Policy
  • Health Disparities: Social/Ethical/Legal Continuous Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Introduction to Advanced Nursing
  • Spanish for Health Personnel I


  • Human Lactation
  • Health Disparities
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Health Policy
  • Community and Public Health


  • PhD, Columbia University
  • MSN, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • BSN, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • ADN, Bergen Community College

Academic Profile

It is a privilege to work with a diverse pool of national and international professional graduate nursing students. Each student that comes to FDU has enough motivation to succeed and thus has unlimited potential to accomplish their educational goals. Graduate nursing students are busy professionals with family responsibilities, yet they still find the time to continue their education and enrich our nursing programs with diversity and cultural perspectives. Through my Family Practice, Pediatrics, and Human Lactation specialty and experience, I bring to the classroom a well-rounded perspective of theory and practice that helps me teach students the art and science of nursing in a specific specialty area. I mentor MSN and DNP students to complete their capstone projects in a way they can integrate a lifetime of education, experience, and practice. I encouraged students to develop a lifetime longing for acquiring, appraising, and translating the results of research to change or update practice. They include patient preferences and values in improving healthcare outcomes in the clinical or educational settings they practice. I am also keenly aware that hiring institutions want graduates that are skilled leaders in healthcare, patient and/or classroom management, and can lead or teach effectively in contexts where resources may be limited. I strive to help produce well-qualified graduates in a shorter period by carefully planning and advising their course schedules. I understand the importance of preparing graduates to succeed in an expanding number of career trajectories beyond academia and diverse institutional or cultural contexts. I have the opportunity to show students that I recognize the value of meaningful relationships that foster open communication and trust. Students connect with me via zoom/email/text/telephone or in person as they complete assignments/projects. They are active in the learning/application process and are not just receivers or targets of information.

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