It's spring, a time for new beginnings, and we certainly have plenty to look forward to here at the College of Nursing!
If you follow us between issues of this newsletter, you know that we're excited about the two grants totaling $4.6 million that we've recently received. Both awards are helping us enact our mission of transforming health care for our region and beyond. The first is allowing us to build a comprehensive approach to caring for our region's older adults. You'll read about the second grant in this publication - it's enabling us to manage research that advances the understanding of how nurses influence safety and quality in health care, as well as organizational sustainability and economic success.
Right now we're also gearing up to celebrate the graduation of our first cohort of five RIBN students in May. RIBN, or Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses, is a partnership with six eastern North Carolina community colleges that lets students first earn an associate degree in nursing at a participating community college and transition to complete their bachelor of science in nursing online at ECU. This dual-enrollment model makes a BSN more affordable and accessible by lowering costs for both tuition and housing. As our goal at the college is to graduate well-prepared nurse leaders to serve the region and state, we are most proud of our RIBN students and soon-to-be RIBN alumni!
There's plenty of other good news in this issue of Pirate Nurse Notes, including information about our recently inducted class of 2016 Hall of Fame members and our newly launched geriatric health care website. I invite you to keep up with our latest happenings year-round at www.nursing.ecu.edu, where you'll find news and links to our social media feeds. Thanks for reading!
Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor, East Carolina University College of Nursing