Dean Sylvia Brown

Letter from the Dean

Winter 2016



It's hard to believe that 2016 is already well under way, but with so many auspicious initiatives in progress here at the college, we are moving into the New Year with eagerness and excitement.

Our positive momentum began in December, when we graduated more than 300 students across all programs. This may come as a surprise to some outside our college, but we graduate nearly the same number of Pirate Nurses in the fall as we do each spring. The reason? As part of our push to continue preparing nurse leaders for North Carolina, we enroll new students each semester. The result is a twice-a-year injection of highly skilled nursing professionals into our health care system (our most recent alumni survey showed that nearly 90 percent of our alumni remain in the state to practice), and new jobs for our graduates (that same survey revealed that 97 percent of grads were employed in nursing one year after graduation).

Educating nurses is why we are here, and we could not be more proud of these efforts.

As we turned the calendar to 2016, a whole slate of exciting activities came into view. The first of these is Collaborative Nursing Research Day, to be held Feb. 12 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this event co-sponsored by the college, Vidant Health, Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Nu Chapter and Eastern Area Health Education Center. Our speaker will be Dr. Cindy Munro, associate dean for research and innovation at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, and I know this event will showcase many new ideas on how we can collaborate for research excellence. For the event brochure visit

One other event I want to draw your attention to is the Pirate Nurse 5K. This race, which raises funds for ECU nursing student scholarships, will be held Saturday, April 2. I hope you'll consider registering or volunteering for this important event, which also represents an opportunity for us in nursing to practice what we preach about the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle. You can find more details at I hope to see you there!

Thank you for taking the time to read Pirate Nurse Notes. This issue is packed full of good news — including stories about our latest U.S. News & World Report ranking and our third National League for Nursing designation as a Center of Excellence. Because these updates are just a sampling of all the wonderful work that's happening at our college in the areas of research, education and service right now, I invite you keep up with us year-round at There you'll find our latest news and events as well as links to all our social media feeds, where I hope you'll reach out and say hello.

Warmest regards,

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor, East Carolina University College of Nursing