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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Year in review 2015–16

Dear Connell School community,

I am pleased and proud to write to you at the end of our first year in Maloney Hall. We have settled in to an expansive new facility that gives us the space and equipment we need to educate our students and prepare twenty-first-century nurse leaders. These newfound resources have helped us expand opportunities for students and faculty who—as this overview of the last year makes clear—are actively engaged in furthering nursing research and practice.

Four distinguished nurse researchers joined our faculty in 2015–16, bringing expertise and clinical experience in areas such as women’s and children’s health, post-trauma care, and weight management. An impressive number of Connell School faculty, students, and alumni received awards and grants that recognize outstanding research and practice, and members of our community presented at several prominent nursing conferences on topics including malaria prevention, nursing ethics, and veterans’ health care. 

Our students and faculty continue to embody the Connell School’s mission of fostering global exchange and understanding, taking part in global health programs in Chile, Switzerland, and Ecuador and service trips to Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. We have also begun the process of establishing a doctor of nursing practice program here at Boston College. 

As we look forward to another fruitful year, we will all continue to work to build what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls a “culture of health,” in which all people have access to the resources and education they need to lead healthy lives. I am proud of what we have accomplished and excited about what lies ahead. 


Susan Gennaro


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