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William F. Connell School of Nursing

From the Dean

spring/summer 2009

gennaroThis issue of the Voice highlights some of our many clinical partnerships. I am sure you will agree with me that the work our faculty and students are doing in the community is outstanding and that some of our models for community health clinical experiences are truly innovative.

Clearly, community health doesn't just occur in this country and so we are glad to also highlight the work of our community health faculty in other countries, such as Clinical Assistant Professor Donna Cullinan's work in Haiti. As you will read, Mrs. Cullinan provides many services while in Haiti, including working with families in Léogâne to help identify mothers who are able to keep their children well nourished, and then having these successful mothers teach others with equally limited resources who are having more difficulty in keeping their children fed. Whether they are working in Boston or around the world, our community health faculty members bring the ability to listen to the community in developing models of care that work.

Other collaborations I'd like to bring to your attention include research partnerships such as Assistant Professor Katherine Gregory's work with the Harvard Catalyst. Dr. Gregory's research is a ground-breaking project that partners Boston College with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in conducting translational research that has the potential to improve the health of our youngest patients—preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.

We highlight our clinical and research partnerships in order to recognize the collaborative, interdisciplinary nature of nursing. You will see this focus continue as the Connell School strengthens existing collaborative partnerships and builds new ones, both in Boston's top-notch healthcare community and around the globe.

I am also pleased that so many alumnae/i have sent in updates. Since I came to the Connell School in July, I've had the opportunity to connect personally with many of you. I look forward to creating more opportunities to celebrate your successes. I hope that many of you will join us on Alumni Weekend at the Connell School of Nursing where we will celebrate each other, our past and our future. I will look forward to seeing you then.

Susan Gennaro, RN, DSN, FAAN
Dean and Professor