Letter from the Dean: April, 2019

Dr. Sylvia Brown

Dear friends,

The theme for this year’s Nurses Week celebration is “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate.” In the College of Nursing, we have more than 12,000 reasons to celebrate. This includes our 11,000 alumni and 1,250 students in addition to our faculty and staff. This issue of Pirate Nurse Notes is a small sampling of the accomplishments of our alumni, students and faculty.

Every day, I am amazed to hear about the impact that our alumni are having on the nursing profession and on improving health care throughout our region and beyond. Our recent induction of new Hall of Fame members and recognition of our distinguished alumnae demonstrate the contributions to nursing education, clinical practice, research and administration made by graduates of our programs.

The commitment of our faculty and staff over the years has helped us prepare outstanding graduates, as evidenced by our recent rankings and stellar licensure and certification pass rates. For the 2018 calendar year, we had a 99% NCLEX-RN pass rate and 100% pass rate for Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialists (Adult Gerontology and Neonatal).

To top off this annual season of celebration, graduation is another milestone to celebrate as we have 280 new graduates that will join the ranks of our Pirate Nurse family.

As we approach Nurses Week, May 6-12, I encourage all of our Pirate Nurse family to celebrate each other and celebrate yourselves for your continued commitment to patient care and the advancement of the profession.

Warmest regards,

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Dean & Professor