Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

Welcome back for the 2016-2017 academic year

Something about the start of a fresh, new school year gives one a sense of excitement and hope. We have much excitement at the School of Nursing and it gives me great pride as dean to think about the direction the school is going.


Our biggest news is that we are kicking off our inaugural cohort for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program on Aug. 25. Our first cohort is comprised of 54 students: 45 BSN – DNP students and 9 MSN-DNP. I am most confident they will be very satisfied with the three-year program over nine semesters. Faculty have adopted a hybrid teaching model of face-to-face instruction and online delivery so that the students do not need to be on campus every week. Classes are scheduled to meet approximately five Thursdays a semester on campus.

More importantly, they will graduate to become nurse practitioners and advanced practice nursing leaders who will help shape health care and system arenas. Using sophisticated nursing evidence, they will improve population health and organizational change.

For more information, please go to our school of Nursing website at and click on academics.



Faculty Retreat

Most recently, our annual August faculty retreat took a different road this year. About 50 of our full-time faculty from Louisville boarded an early morning bus and headed west 109 miles to our Owensboro BSN Extension Campus. Our Owensboro program has been in existence since 2009, adding baccalaureate graduates to the western part of Kentucky.

On the nearly 2 ½-hour ride, our Louisville faculty discussed the book BlindSpot: Hidden Biases of Good People, while the seven full-time faculty in Owensboro were doing the same. We looked at our own implicit and explicit biases that often shape how we interact with others who may seem different from ourselves.

We also discussed and identified our core values. These values drive our individual and our collective behaviors and impact how we show up every day at work. Each value will be refined along with expected behaviors that will guide us to become an even more effective School of Nursing with a national reputation in research as a community of scholars. It was a great day of fun and sharing.

Finally, the Third-Annual Nightingale Awards Dinner, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at the Mellwood Arts Center. Please nominate a most deserving registered nurse by Sept. 8 and join in the celebration of nursing!

Hope to see you this year! Dean Marcia Hern