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Noreen M. Houck, PhDc, MS, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing


  • M.S., Syracuse University
  • B.S.N., Villanova University

Professional Memberships

  • Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Gamma Delta Chapter President
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN)
  • National League of Nursing (NLN)


  • Nursing quality and safety
  • Professional practice environment
  • Interpersonal and interprofessional workplace relationships
  • Healthcare leadership and management
  • Nursing education, teaching and learning, instructional design, and curriculum
  • Global health perspectives and transcultural care


  • Health systems and health outcomes
  • Quality and patient safety
  • Practice environment
  • Interpersonal workplace relationships
  • Workplace violence and aggression
  • Meaningful work communities


Ms. Houck is enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Duquesne University, where her research on nurse practice environments, interprofessional relationships, and patient safety has received pre-doctoral funding by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Gamma Delta Chapter. In addition, she was selected by Duquesne faculty to receive the Laura Martin Endowed Scholarship Award in support of her studies.

Prior to joining SUNY Plattsburgh in 2004, Ms. Houck served in a variety of administrative, academic, and clinical positions. She is a clinical nurse specialist in perinatal nursing and has been an advance practice nurse and educator for 25 years, providing clinical and academic leadership as well as professional consultation in educational administration, accreditation, and curriculum development. A certified Nurse Educator, she has taught in associate, baccalaureate, and master level programs including courses in curriculum design, bioethics, professional issues, maternal child nursing, research, management, and leadership. Each year under her guidance, students have participated in a legislative advocacy experience in the state capitol. Ms. Houck has participated in an immersion experience in Italy to study transcultural care from a global health perspective. In addition, she has facilitated student learning through study abroad experiences in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Ms. Houck’s is a member of several professional organizations. Her community service activities include serving as the external member of CVPH Medical Center’s LEAD program for nursing leadership, excellence, and recognition. Ms. Houck is the president of the Plattsburgh’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and past vice president and board member of the local district state nurses association.

Academic Philosophy

Today’s nursing graduate enters a profession influence by rapid transformation that presents nurses with complex challenges and unprecedented opportunity for professional growth and advancement. My approach to teaching and learning strives to prepare students for this environment by helping then develop a critical and reflective approach to learning with an emphasis on student involvement and empowerment. I encourage students to challenge their assumptions, to think through and interpret situations they encounter from multiple perspectives. Collaborative learning allows the teacher and student to focus their attention on thinking and interpreting as communal experiences, where teacher and students pool their wisdom, challenge their preconceptions, and envision new possibilities. Problem and team-based activities that include critical-reflective practices characterize the learning experience.

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Gregg, K., Irwin, R., Houck, N.M., Zoucha, R., Stayer, D., Kattan, B., Kramer, N., Wills, J., & Turk, M., (2013). Fieldwork as a way of knowing: An Italian immersion experience. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 3(3), 16-30. doi: 10.9730/
  • Houck, N.M., & Bongiorno, A.W. (2008). Innovations in the public policy education of nursing students. The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association. 37(2), 4-9.
  • Houck, N. M. (2011, March). Integrative review of workplace aggression in nursing and patient safety. Poster session presented at the 23rd Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Houck, N. M. & Bongiorno, A. W. (2010, October). Ethical decision-making: Building a foundation for critical thinking. Presentation at the meeting of the Northeastern New York Organization of Nurse Executive meeting at the Foundation of New York State Nurses, Guilderland, N.Y. Granted 1.5 continuing education credits from the New York Nurses Foundation.
  • Bongiorno, A. W. & Houck, N. M. (2007, November). Building nurses voices of power: Competency-based public health policy education. Poster session presented at the APHA135th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington D.C.
  • Houck, N. M. & Bongiorno A. (August 2006). Working with students: A clinical partnering. Presentation at Clinton County Health Department, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Houck, N. M. (August 2006). Working with students: Strategies for clinical partners. Presentation at CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Houck, N. M., Wells, L., & Kaufmann, M. (2006, June). Strategies that promote evidence-based practice using educational technologies. In A. Bongiorno (Chair) Empowering future nurses to use evidence-based practice through educational strategies. Symposium conducted at the 17th International Nursing Research Congress of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Montreal, Canada.

Contact Noreen M. Houck

Office: Hawkins Hall 223D
Phone: (518) 564-4225