Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! I hope you will take some time with the people you love, and those who love you. It’s a wonderful blessing to have people you can count on to support you, and love you unconditionally. Enjoy the day!
I trust you do not love this winter very much. I have seen enough snow and cold to last a lifetime, and I am praying for spring. It is a good time to cozy up and watch a movie. What luck! The College of Nursing will be showing a wonderful film, The American Nurse on March 26 in the 9th floor auditorium in Weiskotten. There will be a reception at 5 pm, and the film will begin at 6 pm. This extraordinary documentary portrays the work of nurses across the country, and I can assure you, you will be moved and inspired. Rarely has there been a film that captures the essence of our profession as this one does. This showing will be our Spring Forum for 2015, and we have invited nurses from across the community to enrich our discussion after the film. Please do your best to attend. You will leave with new pride for our profession.
I hope you are keeping an eye on our new building as it grows. Those construction workers are very productive and I anticipate we will be moving into our new space on time next January. We are picking out furniture, and planning new spaces for interprofessional education. While we all love our space at Hutchings (?), it will be transformative for you as CON students to be fully involved with other students on the main campus. It is an exciting time for us all.
We have another accreditation visit coming up in March – for our DNP program. Last year, we had a totally successful visit for our BS and MS programs, and are now fully accredited for 10 years. We are anticipating another successful outcome for our online DNP program. I hope you are planning on applying to our doctoral program. As the Future of Nursing report so clearly documents, health care is in drastic need of a significant increase in doctorally prepared nurses, and you will not find a more accessible and fulfilling program than the one here at Upstate. For those of you in your last semester of your master’s program, please apply. We are holding seats for you!
A number of the CNS students have had posters accepted for the NACNS conference in California, and I am happy to report that I have been able to cover some of the costs of that conference so they can attend. I do hope that you are planning to give a talk or present a paper on your work at your specialty conferences and spread the word on how wonderful Upstate nursing students are!
Do take care, and stay safe in the upcoming cold. I hope to see you at the movies!
Joyce Griffin-Sobel, Dean, College of Nursing.