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William F. Connell School of Nursing

From the Dean

Dean Susan Gennaro

Living up to Boston College’s motto—“Ever to Excel”—makes those of us at the Connell School acutely conscious of the future and our charge to build a nursing workforce capable of meeting the world’s health needs. So I am delighted to share with you this issue of Voice, which highlights some of the ways in which we are building our faculty, our curriculum, our research capabilities, and the brick-and-mortar foundations of the School itself.

This edition introduces five new faculty members, each of whom brings singular strengths to our efforts to build future nurse leaders. It features the Hispanic Minor program, one of the building blocks we have put in place to educate linguistically and culturally competent global citizens who use their skills and knowledge to improve health care.

It includes an article on Assistant Professor Lichuan Ye, an expert on sleep and sleep quality—both building blocks of health. A Haley Nurse Scientist and recent National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research grant recipient, Ye is leading a study on patient sleep quality at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and building a sleep education curriculum for nursing school undergraduates as she pursues her research on sleep apnea.

Our physical surroundings have been much on my mind lately as we look ahead to our summer 2015 move from Cushing Hall to Maloney Hall, the gateway between the Lower and Middle campuses. Our new location will give us close to 80 percent more space in which to build a nurturing environment where future nurse leaders can learn, live, and enjoy.


Susan Gennaro