Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

School of Nursing celebrates outstanding spring 2017 graduates

Is spring in Louisville not one of the most beautiful times of year? Spring is also such a memorable time for so many special events, such as our School of Nursing Convocation and the University Commencement. At our Convocation on Friday, May 12, we recognized 171 nursing degree candidates who officially graduated at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, May 13. This number includes 86 BSN students from our Louisville campus, 13 BSN students from our Owensboro campus, 12 RN-BSN students and two PhD graduates with one post MSN certificate. 

We were especially pleased to recognize graduates from our new Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing program, referred to as the MEPN, which began May 2015. Ten students were our first graduates in this inaugural cohort.

We also recognized our last cohort of 42 master’s degree students who have met all of the degree requirements to be eligible to sit for national certification as a nurse practitioner (NP); another eight earned post master certificates. We will continue to teach this role to prepare NPs. These students are now part of our clinical doctorate program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which started in August 2016. It is so rewarding to be part of a school that remains on a continued growth plan, responsive to the challenging health care demands.

Although our graduates are entering into a very complex, uncertain and ambiguous environment given all the conversations that continue around health care reform, they are extremely ready and highly qualified. Whom better would you want in this health care environment than a UofL Cardinal nurse at your side? We know we can count on each of you!

This new generation of nurses is resilient, able to adapt to ongoing changes, nimble, extremely knowledgeable in thought and highly compassionate in care.

Our BSN student speaker at Convocation and banner bearer, Brittney Brown, talked about her positive experiences while a student at UofL. She spoke about taking risks and stretching ourselves to be all that each of us can be. She was not shy about her numerous contributions and being extremely active in the Louisville community. Brittney exemplifies the talent of our school and we are so proud of her and every one of our graduates who will make a significant difference in the profession of nursing. One of them just may care for you or a family member in the future!

Congratulations to all! 

Dean Marcia J. Hern