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William F. Connell School of Nursing

From the Dean

fall/winter 2008

gennaroIt is a true pleasure to be greeting you as the new Dean of the Connell School of Nursing. Over the past weeks, I have spoken with many of you to learn more about the Connell School and your hopes for its future. Consistently I am told of the excellence of the students, alumnae/i, staff, and faculty as well as your universal aspirations to continue to be known for educating the nurse-leaders of tomorrow. I see the high regard in which Boston College nurses are held, because of their important contributions to nursing scholarship, research, and practice. Most importantly, I see the important role Boston College will have in developing the knowledge needed by the nurse-leaders of tomorrow to improve the health of the world's people.

I have heard much about our rich history and I look forward to further formulating my vision of the Connell School's promising future with your ideas and insights. I appreciate the unique contribution that is made when the mission and resources of Boston College are combined with the resources of Boston, the health care mecca of the United States. It is an unbeatable combination and one of the main reasons that my husband, Bill Fehder (who joins me on the faculty as a doctorally prepared nurse-anesthetist), and I chose to move to Boston and become part of the Connell School family.

I look forward to working together to take three strategic steps toward meeting our vision. First, we must educate nurses to be leaders in a global world. Next, we must foster diversity in order to develop new solutions to the problems of tomorrow. Finally, we need not only to access, evaluate, and translate evidence into practice—one hallmark of today's nurse-leader—but also to develop knowledge and effective knowledge collaborations. Florence Nightingale herself collaborated as a nurse in the Crimea as she used statistical and research techniques to identify explanations for morbidity and mortality among soldiers, translated this knowledge into more effective nursing practice, and advocated for changes in health policy to improve the plight of her soldier patients. Finally, she collaborated to establish new models of nursing education in more than one country—the Nightingale schools. Tomorrow's Nightingales will also need to work with a cohort of experts to isolate problems and identify solutions. The Connell School of Nursing will have a central part in developing knowledge and in brokering knowledge partnerships.

Today I find myself blessed to be greeting you as the Dean of the Connell School of Nursing. I look forward to meeting you and I thank you in advance for your help and support as we move together into the future.

Susan Gennaro, RN, DSN, FAAN
Dean and Professor