Dean’s Message Summer 2017
50 years. Thousands of alumni. Millions of lives touched.
Right about now is when we begin to pause a bit and collect our thoughts on another successful and rewarding academic year. In May, another class of graduates and nurse leaders experienced the culmination of many semesters of hard work and exciting personal and professional accomplishments. It’s quite an achievement — and what an honor for us to be a part of it year after year. Whether you are a prospective student, graduate or a longtime donor, I bet you can imagine the energy, emotion and excitement that was in the air.
The Class of 2017 totaled 292 students: 101 pre-licensure; 101 RN to BSN; 62 MSN; 5 PhD; and 23 DNP. With our DNP accreditation complete and official in May, the future is looking especially bright for those looking to attain a terminal degree. Next year, we project to graduate 80 new nurse leaders from this outstanding program.
We’re very proud, and we’re very determined to continue our positive growth. School of Nursing pride was never more evident than at our 50th Anniversary Celebration in April. Celebrating our milestones together is important. I was delighted to see so many familiar and new faces for an enjoyable and inspiring weekend.
As you look around the School of Nursing website, I encourage you to scroll through the most recent issue of UNCG Magazine. UNCG Nursing student Amber Gagliano is featured on the cover. The accompanying story will give you an excellent glimpse into our school’s past, present and future. Also be sure to take a look at our 50th Anniversary commemorative magazine, featuring memories, stories and messages from the School of Nursing community.
Both of these publications hit on what makes UNCG School of Nursing great. There is a part in UNCG Magazine that made me stop and think about our 50 years and what they mean to us, our community and the profession: “UNCG Nursing has been defined by service, education, practice, research and leadership from the start. One school. Thousands of alumni. Millions of lives touched.”
And there is so much more to come.
We have great vision for the future. We just completed the Union Square Campus that houses the Doctorate for Nursing Practice (DNP) program. We will produce the next generation of healthy nurses – who will take care of themselves and be role models for their patients and community. Across the nation there is great need to produce healthy professional caregivers. We will produce lifelong learners. We’ll produce nurses who are change agents and who will embrace change. We will capitalize on new technologies. And we’ll continue to be innovative and futuristic.
Just as Dean Lewis envisioned 50 years ago that baccalaureate education would be the foundation for nursing in the future, we believe the DNP will be the foundation for advanced practice for the future. We are the first in the state to launch the baccalaureate to DNP program. You’ll see us continue to launch new and innovative programs to meet the future needs of nursing and our health systems.
Plenty to prepare for and look forward to. Summer has us catching our breath — but only for a moment!
MSN ’82, PhD, FAAN, FGSA, FNGNA
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