Welcome from Dean Barksdale

Hello friends, 

UNC Greensboro is a unique place, and I am glad that you found your way here. The UNCG School of Nursing embraces a rich history dating back to its early days at the Women’s College. I am proud to be part of the Spartan family as the School’s fifth dean of nursing and the first dean of color. Here we are committed to an inclusive community, where diverse perspectives, experiences, talents, learning styles, and backgrounds fuel our extraordinary passion in pursuit of the ultimate goal of providing the best health care for patients and their families. We are a team of passionate people that includes our faculty and staff, and we are educators, scientists, practitioners, advocates, innovators, active-duty service members, veterans, and so much more. We are leaders! Our school is a place to find your way to a meaningful and rewarding career, whether through education or as a member of our team. Innovative practices are our norm, whether in our research, teaching/learning operations, active learning classrooms, online learning environments, skills and simulation labs, or through partnerships with our more than 700 clinical agencies in the community. All this culminates into our extraordinary outcomes. We have world-renowned faculty who are leaders in the field, staff who are among the best in their areas of expertise, and students who consistently demonstrate great success, such as high graduation rates, high licensure and certification pass rates, and great employment success. UNCG nursing graduates are highly sought after and are leaders in the field of nursing and health care. 

This year, we are committed to a “Culture of Care” to facilitate student, staff, and faculty wellbeing. We have adopted the theme of “I CARE:” 


A – compassion needs action

Rreflection (what we learn to improve upon in interactions)

Eenergy (it takes work to care, but it yields cultural energy and positivity)

Welcome to the UNCG School of Nursing! I CARE!

Dr. Debra Barksdale

Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, ANEF, FAAN