SU Appoints New College of Nursing Dean

By Natalia Vinokhodova
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Seattle University announced today that Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been appointed the new dean for the College of Nursing.

Dr. Swanson comes to Seattle University from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill where she currently serves as an alumni distinguished professor and dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Swanson succeeds Dr. Janiece DeSocio who has served as interim dean for the College of Nursing since July 2013.

Under Dr. Swanson's leadership, the School of Nursing at UNC has continued to be one of the top programs in the country, increased the diversity of its faculty and launched new programs such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

In addition to being a skilled administrator, Dr. Swanson is a renowned scholar. She is particularly known for her research on pregnancy loss, as well as the Swanson Theory of Caring, which is used internationally as a guide for research, education and practice. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellows program and a member of the American Academy of Nursing.