Winter 2022 Newsletter

A Note From Dean Swanson

Dr. Kristen M. Swanson, Dean of the College of Nursing

This winter has moved at a fast and sometimes unpredictable pace and many of us are looking forward to the return of in-person activities that have been put on hold, myself included. Among them is our dean’s lecture, which I’m pleased to announce has been endowed by Dr. Luth M. Tenorio, Dean Emerita of SU College of Nursing. In her honor, the lecture is now named, the “Dr. Luth M. Tenorio College of Nursing Dean's Endowed Lectureship.”

Dr. Tenorio was instrumental in the initial establishment of our annual lecture, which represents a commitment to bringing together the College of Nursing and the community, to hear from nursing and other health care leaders and engage participants in discussions on topics that are meaningful to nursing and health care.

This year, I’m honored to welcome Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity at University of South Carolina College of Nursing as or the inaugural Dr. Luth M. Tenorio College of Nursing Dean's Endowed Lecturer.

I look forward to seeing you back on campus, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, for Dr. Jenerette’s lecture, “Social Justice Advocacy—Necessary Trouble.” Where she will use examples from her research and the literature to define and explore social justice advocacy as a necessity for health equity. The audience will be invited to discern where they are on the social justice advocacy continuum. More information about the event can be found here.

I would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the two-year anniversary of when we first closed our Clinical Performance Lab (CPL) due to the pandemic. I’m heartened by the fact that there have been over 9,000 in-person CPL visits since reopening without one known case of CPL-based COVID transmission. This is thanks to the tireless dedication of the CPL team, faculty and students who came together, instituted and sustained safety measures to meet the challenges of the last two years. I especially want to acknowledge Associate Dean for Innovations in Clinical Education, Dr. Carrie Miller, whose steady hand, and thoughtful leadership provided a welcoming and safe learning environment through a time of crisis.

As you may have heard, Seattle U Gives our annual 24-hour giving event is almost here. On Thursday, February 24, alumni, students, parents, friends, staff, and faculty will come together for this online event to invest in the success of current and future students.

Please join me in contributing to College of Nursing student scholarships or the Student Emergency Fund. This year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, if the College of Nursing receives at least 50 online gifts of any size on Thursday, it will unlock an additional $10,000. Our scholarships provide support for students in pursuit of their educational goal to become a nurse, nurse practitioner, or ultrasonographer by providing tuition assistance. The Student Emergency Fund provides direct financial assistance for those who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses (food, rent, transportation) because of temporary hardships related to an emergency or crisis.

No gift is too small, every dollar raised enhances our mission of educating and inspiring leaders to transform health care for a just and humane world.