Message from the Dean

Welcome to the the School of Nursing newsletter. We plan to publish three times a year (January, April, and October) to share our news. The last few months have been challenging, but our dedicated faculty and staff have risen to the challenge. When we went virtual last March, the faculty quickly pivoted to providing classes on Zoom. Advising, exam reviews, and meetings were all done virtually. That continues this semester. Most of the clinical courses have significantly reduced clinical hours, with case studies and simulations being substituted for the missing time. Unfortunately, some courses (pediatrics and mental health) do not have any on-site based clinical time. This fall our students are meeting in person for skills and some simulation, and our exams are being given in Hudson Hall with all the proper distancing and cleaning protocols in place. It is quiet on campus, with no large meetings, no major in person events and everyone’s smiles covered by a mask. But as you will see from the news below, we are continuing to move forward. For the first time we are offering some nursing electives. The one-credit courses will provide students with an introduction to topics such as nursing informatics, nurses in the media, and palliative care. We have also created a School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Council. This group will help to guide the future of the School and assist us in finding ways to be relevant to our alums.

We look forward to hearing from our alums. It is nice to know what you are doing after leaving the Mount.

Yours in nursing,

Susan LaRocco PhD, MBA, RN, FNAP, CNE