A Message from Dean Meredith Kazer

SON Dean Meredith Kazer

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Fairfield University School of Nursing. We understand that you had many choices in selecting a nursing educational program, and are thrilled that you have chosen Fairfield. In selecting Fairfield for your education, you have chosen to join a community where excellent nursing care is valued, and kindness is embraced. In the Jesuit tradition, the School of Nursing strives for cura personalis or education of the whole person. The result of such an education is the development of nursing professionals, who are morally reflective healthcare providers, working to deliver care to patients and families with consistent sensitivity to cultural differences and issues of social justice.

As the Affordable Care Act becomes fully implemented, nursing continues to undergo change. Advances in technology and access to healthcare have afforded society an unprecedented opportunity for extended quality and quantity of life. As nurses, we must work together with other members of the interprofessional team to ensure the highest level of healthcare for our patients and families. Our educational programs are prepared to meet the challenges of the future healthcare system. Our faculty are recognized around the world for their expertise in addressing the broad issues that impact global health. These faculty provide every student with the necessary tools and resources to become successful healthcare providers.

You have selected Fairfield because of the excellence of our program and faculty. As you grow in the development of new knowledge and skills, you will witness first hand, the dedication our faculty have to your development. The relationships you build with your fellow classmates and faculty members will substantially impact your life and career.  Moreover, you will find that the effects of your education at Fairfield will extend long past your days as a student here.  

At Fairfield we strive to provide students with an educational experience rich in the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor and reflective practice. With a strong core steeped in ethics, communication, spirituality, care of vulnerable populations and service learning, students receive all the education necessary to become excellent nursing professionals. But, our program also provides analysis of global health issues, with a strong focus on issues of social justice and equality to prepare our students as members of society capable of generating change from within.

Our ability to provide this exceptional nursing educational opportunity is accomplished through our strong partnerships with over 50 healthcare agencies, including acute care hospitals, community agencies, clinics and long-term care facilities. Throughout these environments of care, students are provided the instruction to increase knowledge, skills and understanding of the health issues that impact society. Clinical experiences begin early in the program and our individual attention to your education is unwavering throughout your years at Fairfield. Our school also offers a number of study abroad experiences to provide students with expertise and insight to healthcare beyond our national borders. The end result is the graduation of competent and compassionate nursing professionals who will provide care to populations across the world.

We could not be more thrilled that you have chosen Fairfield for your nursing educational experience. Throughout your years here, we are confident that you will receive the educational foundation necessary to support your personal objectives. We are pleased to join you on your lifelong journey toward professional development and encourage you to take advantage of all that Fairfield has to offer!


Meredith Wallace Kazer PhD, CNL, APRN, AGPCNP- BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing