Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues:

2013 has been a wonderful year for the Fairfield University School of Nursing (SON). Let us take a look back on what has been achieved and then look forward to what the SON has planned for the future.

Under the leadership of our dean, Dr. Lynn Babington, the School has been bustling with activity (grants, publications, new faculty, programs and staff). Enrollments continue to increase at a steady rate and we continue to have a very selective admissions process.

We are also increasing the diversity of our student body. The SON is continuously evolving and seeking opportunities to advance the nursing education.Two new programs were launched in the fall of 2013:

1.   E- Doctorate in Nursing Practice— a three year part time practice-focused doctoral degree designed specifically for nurse executives, educators and entrepreneurs to enhance their leadership and evidence-based skills to lead system wide changes.
2.   Masters of Science in Nursing - Nursing Leadership. This part time program provides graduates with knowledge in the business aspects of health care and the skills to improve patient outcomes though the coordination and delivery of health services using evidence based systems of care.

Both of these innovative programs help nursing professionals reach out to the public in various ways in order to the provide leadership in meeting the needs of our changing healthcare environment.

Dr. Babington received an Executive Nurse Fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—a three-year advanced leadership program for senior nurse executives. This incredible honor is bestowed on a very select group of nurse leaders who will shape and improve health care, lead teams and organizations on a local, as well as, national level. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is recognized as our nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care issues working with diverse groups of organizations to identify solutions and timely change.

As you can see, the SON is hard at work to educate nurses who will become leaders in a very complex healthcare environment. With the growth in programs and increases in numbers of students, the SON has outgrown its physical space. We are at an impasse—we cannot provide cutting edge nursing education and continue to grow unless we have the room and facilities to do so. Dean Babington has been hard at work with Newman Architects to design an innovative building that will address the future needs of the School. We are hoping the blue prints for this new building will be available in the forthcoming weeks.

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Robin Kanarek '96
Chair, School of Nursing Advisory Board