We recently concluded another successful year in the College of Nursing, celebrating more than 400 fall and spring graduates. Of those, 292 students received their bachelor of science in nursing degree and the ECU College of Nursing continues to be the state’s top producer of new nurses among four-year institutions.
More than 100 students received master’s degrees, 30 received DNP degrees, seven received a PhD and one received a post-master’s certificate. Our spring commencement celebration included our first graduating cohort from our BSN to DNP program. I’m proud to report growth in both our DNP and PhD programs as we continue to help address North Carolina’s need for nurse leaders.
We’ve also embarked on an exciting new partnership with the College of Allied Health Sciences to form a Research Hub staffed by one pre-award and two post-award grant managers. The hub will give our faculty additional resources as they pursue new ways to improve patient outcomes and help them live healthier lives.
As you peruse our latest edition of Pirate Nurse Notes, you’ll learn about some of our other accomplishments from the last few months. But even as we reflect on some of our proudest endeavors of the school year, we’re always looking to the future at how we can continue to build on that success, to capture our own horizons and to help our students capture theirs.
Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor, East Carolina University College of Nursing