The Path to the Future
The College of Nursing is leading the way by shaping the next generation of nurse leaders; the clinicians, researchers, and faculty needed to meet the complex and ever-growing health care needs for today and tomorrow. Top-notch, skilled and caring nurses are needed at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels to provide direct patient care in and out of the hospital, at home and within the community, and to serve as first-line providers and educators, especially in underserved and rural areas. There is a critical need for nursing faculty to train the next generation of nurses, and scientists to produce the skills that will improve the way we provide nursing care. Our nurse scientists and faculty are translating what is taking place in the laboratory into innovative new therapies and protocols being delivered at the bedside.
The USF: Unstoppable campaign is crucial to our success. We are a determined group with an exceptional story to tell. Our nurses today are leaders in translational research – moving what is developed in science to patients and the community. They are helping to change the face of health care here and around the world, and as they do so, they help bring our program to national prominence.
Achieving our campaign goal will allow us to advance these research initiatives, provide cutting-edge approaches to nursing education, promote global nursing experiences, and raise the number of full academic scholarships and graduate fellowships available to our students. Increasing the number of endowed chairs and professorships in the College will support the outstanding work of our faculty, allowing them to intensely mentor our students and to develop collaborative partnerships with students and our health care community.
We are at a remarkable time and place in the USF College of Nursing. Never before have we been so well positioned to make large-scale change and reach the next level of prominence. We are poised to make these changes, but we cannot do it alone. Today we need to form collaborations not only within the education, but in research and clinical arenas. We also need to form collaborations of support within our alumni, community and corporate partners to make these ambitious plans come together. I thank you all for your past support; you have been vital to the success we have achieved to date, and now, more than ever, you are vital to our future success. I invite you to join us at the USF College of Nursing on our journey to the future – Right Here, Right Now!
Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, USF College of Nursing