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William F. Connell School of Nursing

From the Dean

Susan Gennaro, dean, Connell School of Nursing

Dear Friends,

I’ve been thinking lately about something I’ve appreciated and admired for some time: the behind-the-scenes work nurses do every day. Millions of people encounter nurses every day in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and community health settings. However, they may not understand all the preparation and scholarly investigation that go into designing, providing, and researching quality health care.

This issue of Voice magazine is abuzz with stories of new programs, projects, and research that take place outside the public’s eye. One feature looks at the groundbreaking research of Assistant Professor Allyssa Harris, who is studying whether a genre known as hip-hop literature encourages risky teenage behavior. The issue also reports on Associate Professor Pamela Grace, who—with colleagues at Massachusetts General and the Brigham—has developed a clinical ethical residency for nurses. And it covers how students in our community health courses train for the unthinkable in a new CSON disaster simulation.

I hope you enjoy reading the latest news from the Connell School campus—and that you take note of two exciting events coming up this spring: the Pinnacle lecture on Tuesday, April 10, and Reunion on Friday, June 1. You can read more about both on the back cover of this magazine and on our web site.

I hope to see you at one of these events or in a continuing education course
at CSON soon.

Best,

Susan Gennaro
Dean