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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Reflections on 17 Years at the Connell School

from the dean - spring/summer 2008

This issue of The Voice focuses on leadership within the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. We all honor former Dean Rita Kelleher as she celebrates her 100th birthday and express our gratitude to her for being the foundation upon which this school is built. As reported herein, this is my 17th and final year as the Dean of this school. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work here with many outstanding individuals. This was an outstanding school when I arrived and I am proud of what has been accomplished during my time here. While many things have changed, the core values remain the same. Faculty members are still committed to developing students to their highest potential and fostering an understanding of social justice. Graduates of the baccalaureate program are still sought after by employees who recognize the excellence of their classroom and clinical education. Our faculty members are leaders in the profession and utilize clinical facilities which are among the finest in the world. The Master’s Program has undergone the most change with strengthening our Nurse Practitioner courses, the addition of a Master’s Entry option for non-nurse college graduates, and the development of an Anesthesia specialty in conjunction with Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts. This year we developed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice that will become the new avenue for the preparation of advanced practice nurses. Our Ph.D. program continues to attract outstanding individuals who are making strong contributions to the science of the profession.


I am exceedingly grateful for the support we have received from friends and alumnae/i of the school. They have been most generous in naming the school, endowing a professorship, providing important scholarships, and giving generously to the annual fund.


The Jesuit Community has been a key support for me and the school. As Father Monan said, “Nursing is central to the mission of a Jesuit University.” My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this school since it started in 1947, and particularly to those who have supported it during my tenure here. I have been blessed to be a nurse and to be a part of this community.


Barbara Hazard, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor