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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Diversity and Innovation in Leadership

from the dean - fall/winter 2007

What does it mean to be a nursing leader? This issue of the Nursing VOICE is full of examples that we can follow.
 
Our cover story about Jennie Chin Hansen ’70 and her work with AARP showcases one nurse’s leadership, and how a nursing perspective can contribute to the betterment of society in a broad, interdisciplinary way.

The news that our own Sr. Callista Roy has been named a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing celebrates a career that has been about leading knowledge development within the field of nursing, beginning at a time when many questioned whether nursing had its own knowledge to develop.
 
The article about the “Art of Nursing” reflects our students’ vision of what nursing is about—the first steps in the development of the individual as leader.
 
So why do we care about nursing leadership? Perhaps we care because of the challenges of our time. As a profession, we face a potentially catastrophic nursing shortage, and an equally alarming shortage of nurse educators to train new nurses. We face a heathcare system that many believe to be broken and in need of significant reform.
 
I believe that nurse leaders can and will meet these challenges. We will face the challenge and create a vision of nursing and heathcare that embodies the core set of beliefs that are the essence of nursing.
 
Many of you know that I will retire at the end of this academic year. Although leaving BC will be sad for me in many ways, I am excited about the possibilities for the school. I am confident that strong candidates will be attracted to assume leadership in this amazing school. Given the excellent faculty and the plans for a new building, the new Dean will be able to lead the school and meet new challenges.


Barbara Hazard, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor