As this academic year began, we saw a two significant firsts for the College of Nursing. We welcomed new students, faculty and staff from the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound program and the first cohorts of post-baccalaureate students entering directly into the DNP program, bringing total enrollment in the DNP up from 28 to 112 students.
Leading our graduate programs is Michael L. Huggins, EdD, PhDc, ARNP, GNP-BC; FNP-BC, FAANP, who was recently appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Nursing. Michael joined the college in 2013 and has served as lead faculty for the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program of study. His background as a dually certified advanced practice nurse and his experience in launching DNP programs makes him a most suitable leader and administrator for our college. I’m very pleased to have him in this new role.
This year, the university community pays special tribute to President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. as we celebrate his 20th anniversary in service of Seattle University. Those of you who receive the SU Magazine may have already taken time to read Fr. Steve’s reflections as he begins his next 5 year term—a highly recommended read. It has been inspiring to serve under his Presidency since I came to Seattle U and I look forward to the years yet to come.
As we dive fully into the fall quarter, we are putting our newly adopted 2017 Strategic Plan into action. The plan identifies five primary focus areas in alignment with our mission, vision and values that demonstrate our commitment to excellence across our programs.
- Dynamic Learning Organization
- Social Justice for Health Equity
- Innovative and Integrative Scholarship
- Teaching Excellence
- Leadership Formation
These focus areas will guide us in how we educate the next generation of leaders in health care and in how we position the College of Nursing to make a difference in health, health care, and the well-being of our community.
In closing, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past several months, which has seen numerous calls to action for those in health care as our world has endured a series of natural and unnatural disasters. In spite of hardships and weariness, nurses and their medical colleagues keep answering the call, including one our own faculty members, Diane Switzer, DNP, ARNP, FAEN.
Diane, as part of the Washington Disaster Medical Assistance Team, spent eighteen days in Puerto Rico caring for those effected by hurricanes with only the most basic of supplies. It is not the first time she has dropped everything to be of service during a crisis and I’m confident it will not be the last. Diane, like so many of our colleagues, students and alumni, is living the mission to transform health care for a just and humane world.