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Dean Swanson

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carolina is a special place where students, faculty and staff are committed to creating an environment of excellence. In the 50+ year history of the School, Carolina has served as a national leader, contributing extensively to the state of the science, innovating in teaching and clinical practice, and serving communities at home and abroad.

People come to study, teach and conduct research at Carolina for many reasons. Our degree programs are nationally recognized and the School is consistently ranked among the top in the nation for funded research Mentorship and career development are essential elements of our vision and commitment. All types of careers are enhanced through strong linkages to academic talent across Carolina’s distinguished research-intensive campus.

Our graduates move on to leadership positions where they shape and influence the future of health care. You can find them providing care at the bedside, working effectively with interprofessional teams, improving health care throughout the world, generating knowledge that advances practice, directing companies and educating future nurses.

The School of Nursing is a vibrant and exciting place where diversity and multiculturalism are key aspects of the learning environment. Rural health experiences are equally as valued and encouraged as are international experiences. It is our pledge to prepare skillful and compassionate nursing leaders who have the courage, conviction and commitment to provide and create better systems of patient-centered care.

I invite you to contact me any time with questions or ideas.

With sincere best wishes,

Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor