It's still technically winter, but we're seeing the growth of early spring already at the College of Nursing and we're excited to share a little about our own growth with you.
The college continues to promote research as a top priority. Most recently, we've joined with our neighbor, the College of Allied Health Sciences, to form a Research Hub for efficient and effective management of grants. The partnership will help us provide expertise and support in pre-award and post-award administration for faculty in both the colleges of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
As always, we continue to refine our academic offerings to ensure we're meeting the needs of our students and preparing graduates to address health care demands in our state and beyond. We've updated our curriculum for our accelerated second-degree BSN option, adding three more courses into the 12-month curriculum. The program now includes 50 semester hours with the addition of pathophysiology, pharmacology and behavioral health courses. Additionally, we're in the planning stages for our new Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner option in our MSN program, which we will offer beginning fall 2017.
We are pleased to have Natalie Sayewich join us as our new director of communication. She will be keeping you informed about the activities occurring in the College of Nursing. In addition, Elizabeth Maxwell is the newest member of our Medical & Health Sciences Foundation staff and will be serving as the College of Nursing's gift officer.
Our 9th annual Siegfried Lowin Visiting Scholar Series will be held on April 6, featuring Dr. Kim Skarupski and Dr. Paul Silvia focusing on writing, scholarship, and creativity. The Siegfried Lowin Visiting Scholar Lecture Series began in 2007 through the generosity of ECU faculty members and spouses Dr. Mary Ann Rose, professor of nursing, and Dr. Walter Pories, professor of surgery and biochemistry. Rose and Pories named the series in memory of Pories' uncle, a World War II veteran who respected the nurses who cared for him throughout an extended illness.
Lastly, our annual Pirate Nurse 5K will be held April 8 at the College of Nursing. Please join us in walking or running the certified 5K course on the ECU Health Sciences Campus and help support nursing student scholarships.
Thank you for taking the time to read and learn the latest about 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