It is my great privilege to serve as the Interim Dean for the School of Nursing and would like to extend my sincerest welcome to new and returning students as we begin this fall semester. With the largest student population on the D’Youville campus, our team of staff, educators and clinicians are eager to provide academic support and clinical expertise to help achieve the academic goals set when you chose D’Youville. Perhaps you are an undergraduate student working towards a Baccalaureate nursing degree, or a Registered Nurse in the popular RN-BSN program. Maybe you are seeking a Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner scholar, or a student in one of the new Nursing Management and Quality Leadership or Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus programs. Or perhaps you are working towards the terminal nursing degree in our Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Regardless of where you find yourself in your academic trajectory, you have made a great choice by coming to one of the premier nursing programs in our region and becoming a part of one of the most sought after professions in the nation.
I encourage you to look beyond your academic studies this year and become involved in our nursing and larger college community. As collaboration is a major component of positive health outcomes for the individuals you will serve in your professional roles, there is no better time to begin or enhance your experiences by becoming involved on campus. Student engagement, volunteer work, and leadership development are only a few of the many opportunities that you will find at D’Youville where you can work with others and translate the knowledge gained into improved outcomes for the larger health care community and vulnerable populations.
As you walk around our beautiful campus, I encourage you to observe many of the physical changes that have taken place over the summer. The student success and solutions centers are two of several renovations intended to enhance the college experience by streamlining advising services and creating a central location to meet student needs. Our beautiful simulation center on the first floor of DAC is a perfect enhancement to student learning. Several classroom improvements continue into the fall, including the creation of a new computer testing center on the 6th floor of our ALT building, bringing a more contemporary atmosphere to the campus.
I, along with the entire School of Nursing team, wish you all a wonderful and successful semester.
Christine Verni EdD, FNP-BC, APRN Interim Dean, School of Nursing