The turning of a new year always sparks inspiration and excitement, especially when you are part of a thriving community that works together toward a shared mission. As Dean of the UNCG School of Nursing, I hope to achieve a great deal in 2015. But of all my goals, one remains the most important: to support our faculty, students and alumni as they make important contributions to an ever-evolving healthcare field.
Employers need nurses who can think critically, respond to changes and advocate for patients. At the School of Nursing, we produce some of the best nurses, administrators and educators in the state and empower them to make a meaningful difference in people's health — from their first day on the job and every day after.
How do we know that we are succeeding at our calling? Is the proof in our ranking, which has been consistently high among the nation's top schools of nursing? Is it evidenced by our recognition as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center for Excellence three terms in a row?
We are honored by these accomplishments, but as a proud alumna, I know firsthand that the reasons for our success run deeper. Respected, accessible faculty. Challenging academics. Innovative and community-engaged programs. Practical experiences that span more than 500 clinics and service programs around the globe. These are the qualities that enable us to produce graduates with the highest job placement rate and one of the best license-test pass rates in the state.
We will not rest on our laurels, however. There is important work to be done, and you are exactly who we need to accomplish our goals. Over the last year, we've been engaged with key stakeholders to discuss where the School of Nursing should be focused as we approach our 50th anniversary. Throughout a dynamic information-gathering process, we identified areas that are critical to positioning the School as a major contributor to the field of nursing:
Program Innovation and Growth
Technology and Online
Global Engagement and Citizenship
I'm excited to share more about our strategic vision in the coming months. But know this: Everything we do is centered on delivering a student experience that prepares leaders for today's challenging health environment. The quality of our teaching, the important research we conduct, and the clinical services we offer across our community all come together to elevate student learning and success.
I'm calling on all faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. We need your continued support as we bridge 50 years of excellence with an exciting vision for our future. I am proud to serve with you and for you as we position the School of Nursing to become ever stronger and impactful.
Robin E. Remsburg, PhD, FAAN, FGSA, FNGNA
Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing