A Message from the Dean
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
In preparing this end-of-the-year letter for the past four years, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the great work of our faculty, staff, and students. Each year, I let out an audible "woo-hoo!" when I realize how much we've done. From new program development to large grants, faculty and students awards, scholarly publications and presentations, to the important patient and family care we all provide each day, our accomplishments never cease to astound me.
This year was no different. 2017 marked the year of successful Collegiate Commission Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation for a full 10-year period for all three of our degree programs - baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). Enrollment in our degree programs surpassed 700 students - greater than any time in the School's history. The Egan School moved into our new 70,000 square foot state of the art Center for Nursing and Health Studies which represents a comprehensive response to the need for expanding the continuum of program integration across Fairfield’s Schools and Colleges. The Center also boasts an enviable simulation facility which provides the foundation for the future healthcare education across our programs.
As you will see in our newsletter, we launched a new nursing midwifery program, a master's concentration in nursing informatics, as well as our first non-nursing major in public health. We received our largest HRSA funding awards in 2017,and faculty continued their enormous contributions to nursing scholarship in all areas of clinical practice. During my remarks for the new Center for Nursing and Health Studies dedication, blessing, and ribbon cutting, I discussed how the Egan School has accomplished so much. The only question that remains is where 2018 will take us. I expect continued new programming, widespread use of our new simulation center and building facilities, continued scholarly accomplishments, contributions to health leadership and improvement, and probably a few surprises. If you haven’t already done so, please come visit our beautiful new building that surrounds us with light and energy. Once you see it, I believe you will agree that not even the sky will limit us.
On behalf of the entire Egan School community, I wish you a very happy holiday season and much health and happiness in 2018.
Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN
Dean & Professor