Happy Spring! Just like the season, we're experiencing growth and excitement about new possibilities here at the College of Nursing.
On May 8, we graduated 164 students with their bachelor of science in nursing degrees, 73 students who earned their masters of science in nursing, three who earned their post-masters certificates, and five new doctors of philosophy in nursing. I'm proud to say that with this graduating class, we're helping to address North Carolina's critical need for more baccalaureate-prepared nurses and nurse leaders. I know I speak for all of our faculty and staff in wishing these new Pirate Nurses the very best as they embark on their careers!
In preparation for future classes, we are gearing up to offer three new educational options beginning this fall. Our new BSN to PhD and DNP to PhD programs will enable students to move seamlessly into our research-focused doctor of philosophy in nursing program. Our clinical nurse specialist concentration in the master of science in nursing program will now offer students the ability to focus on advanced practice nursing for either adult gerontology or neonatal patient populations.
As you explore this latest edition of Pirate Nurse Notes you'll see other highlights of the many positive things happening at the college, including the exciting news that the National Student Nurses Association named our nursing student organization a Stellar Chapter (one of just five such awards given for 2015).You'll also read about an innovative program we initiated with two local partners to celebrate National Nurses Week earlier this month. With more than 135 faculty members and 8,500 alumni, we make it a priority during this special time to thank all nurses for the invaluable work they do toward improving health care.
I appreciate you taking the time to read and learn the latest on our college. Please follow us on social media for updates between these emails, and don't forget to keep in touch!
Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor, East Carolina University College of Nursing