Dean’s Column Category

Dean’s Message

November 5, 2019

As the nation’s largest group of health care providers, nurses are often the professionals who see a need, gap in knowledge or better way in patient care or safety. Nurse-scientists — scholars who have been educated in rigorous scientific inquiry and focus on health care issues — take those questions and needs and set out to find solutions and better ways.

Dean’s Message

May 22, 2019

Dear alumni, colleagues and supporters: The cover of Vanderbilt Nurse beautifully captures the combination of the Collegiate Gothic style of Godchaux Hall with the contemporary glass expanse of our new four-story atrium. Together they form the entrance to the new School of Nursing building, which opened with great celebration on Jan. 22. It is a…

Dean’s Message

October 4, 2018

Dear alumni, colleagues and supporters, A few weeks ago, we welcomed a wonderful and excited group of new students to the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and said “welcome back” to an equally wonderful and enthusiastic group of returning MSN, Post-Master’s, DNP and PhD students. Altogether, more than 800 students selected VUSN for their nursing education…

Dean’s Message

March 13, 2018

Dear alumni, colleagues and supporters, How do you define a community? Is it the people you interact with day to day? Is it your physical building or the neighborhoods surrounding the place you live and work? Is it a town, a city, a region or even a state? The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing defines…

Dean’s Message

June 26, 2017

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, As dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), I have the opportunity to make a lot of announcements and speeches. I speak at Commencement and pinning ceremonies; address prospective students at our fall and spring open houses; talk at receptions for alumni, students and visitors; deliver remarks to…

Dean’s Message

February 1, 2017

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, Each autumn, I deliver a State-of-the-School presentation to alumni at Reunion. The presentation includes facts and figures — how many students, in which specialties, current NCLEX-RN pass rates — and so on. I discuss research growth, clinical practice and strategic goals. I also share news and achievements. In some ways,…