UNCG School of Nursing Dean's Message - Winter 2016
Motivational speaker Tom Borland once said, "Celebrate what you want to see more of." As we begin a new year and reflect back a bit on 2015, I can tell you that we have a lot to celebrate in the School of Nursing, and it's just the kind of thing that I know we'd all like to see more of in 2016. The past year was one filled with many new developments for the school. And now, with an exciting bond proposal approved for the March 2016 ballot, there could be even more exciting possibilities coming our way. More on that at the end of my message. First, I'd like to take a look at what 2015 brought us — not so much as a year in review, but as a year of many new beginnings:
- The School of Nursing launched our Healthy Nurse Initiative in April with our incoming junior students, who recited the UNCG Healthy Nurse Pledge at orientation.
- We broke ground on the Union Square Campus (USC), which will be home to our new doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program. The building is slated to be ready in July 2016.
- At our Special Exercises in May, we sent our graduating seniors off with a new first edition of the UNCG School of Nursing baseball cap to start a new "capping" tradition.
- In September, we celebrated 10 years of the PhD program with our first, second and third directors of the program in attendance.
- In September we continued our long-standing collaboration with nurses from Moldova to support the development of professional nursing education and practice. Along with NC A&T, Cone Health and the Greensboro Rotary, we co-hosted their visit and addressed topics relative to cancer, palliative care and end-of-life care, and gerontological nursing.
- In the fall we conducted two White Coat ceremonies — one for MSN adult gerontological nurse practitioner students and one for incoming undergraduate pre-licensure program juniors.
- We welcomed 75 new DNP students — the first cohort of this new program. A white coat ceremony for the AGNP students is planned for January 2016.
- In November we celebrated our Veterans' Access Program and honored our faculty, staff and student veterans. Fourteen student veterans joined the undergraduate program in the fall with 12 more joining us this spring.
- We continued our expansion of the RN to BSN program, launching a new cohort at Alamance Community College.
- At UNCG's December Commencement, School of Nursing PhD alumna Megan Conner delivered the keynote address. Megan has three degrees from UNCG and practices anesthesia in eastern North Carolina through her independent company, Conner Anesthesia, PLLC. Read her story on the UNCG website.
2015 was certainly a busy and productive year — one of many firsts, new traditions and impactful partnerships. 2016 promises to be just as fruitful, especially if the state passes a very important item that will appear on the spring ballot.
In October, Governor McCrory signed a bill to put a $2 billion infrastructure bond proposal on the March 2016 ballot. This bond would invest significant resources not just in UNCG and the School of Nursing, but across the state. The package includes $105 million to build a new nursing and STEM building on the campus of UNCG. To learn more about the bond, visit connect.nc.gov/ — and be sure to get out and vote on March 15th (the spring primary).
Highlights of the bond package are listed below:
- $2 billion of targeted, long-term investments
- There will be no new taxes or tax increases because of Connect NC
- Projects in 76 counties
- Infrastructure investments are vital to NC's competitiveness
- Connect NC will pay for assets that will last for 50 years
- Interest rates are historically low
- Connect NC will not jeopardize our strong credit ratings
Thank you for making 2015 a great year. Let's press on in 2016 and take our support of public higher education for nurses and nurses to a whole new level!
Robin E. Remsburg, MSN '82, PhD, FAAN, FGSA, FNGNA
Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing