Welcome from the Interim Dean

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Interim Dean Donna Havens

Interim Dean Donna Havens

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, I extend a warm welcome to the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The School has been a beacon for nursing education, research, and practice since its establishment in 1950 as the state’s first School of Nursing to offer a four-year baccalaureate degree.

At Carolina you’ll find faculty, staff, and students who are driven by the quest for excellence. They work each day to enhance and improve the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina, the nation, and other nations through nursing education, research, and scholarship as well as clinical practice and community service.

The School is part of UNC’s Health Sciences division and sustains a strong partnership with UNC Hospitals, which is just steps away. Our top-ranked academic programs include Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Post-Master’s Certificates, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). We continue to carefully shape our programs to meet evolving needs.

We are proud to be selected as one of three Schools of Nursing in the country to offer the prestigious Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, which presents promising undergraduate nursing students the unique opportunity to concurrently enroll as BSN and PhD students. We are also pleased to offer a growing number of international opportunities for students and faculty to learn about different cultures and practices through international study as well as from the host of gifted international scholars who collaborate with us.

At Carolina, research from leading nurse scientists is contributing important knowledge for shaping evidence-based practice, leading the organization of care, improving health care systems, and influencing health policy. Partnerships throughout our research-intensive university and the Triangle provide a fertile environment for career development and for students at all levels to participate in interprofessional research.

Diversity and multiculturalism are highly valued components of our learning and working environment. We are committed to preparing expert and compassionate nursing leaders who are culturally aware and work effectively with interprofessional teams to provide and create better systems of patient-centered care.

Our more than 8,800 alumni are making an important difference by providing expert care to patients and families, leading health care systems, generating knowledge that advances practice, directing companies, and teaching the next generation of nurses.

On behalf of our Carolina Nursing community, I invite you to learn more about our School and its highly regarded programs by browsing the web site. Please feel free contact us to learn more about nursing at Carolina!

Sincerely,

Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN

Interim Dean