Remarks from the Dean

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Dear Nursing Colleagues,
Your contributions to the shared education outreach mission of the North Carolina Area Health
Education Centers (AHEC) Program and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing are gifts beyond

Making the resources of the University available to the state of North Carolina is a commitment of
the University. Likewise the School of Nursing’s mission reflects that covenant. The University and
the School are also committed to life-long learning and, as a reflection of that obligation; they
support high quality continuing education programs for nurses statewide. These programs help ensure
that nurses maintain clinical competence and acquire new knowledge and skills necessary to serve
the health care needs of all North Carolinians.

Through our agreement with the North Carolina AHEC Centers Program, the School of Nursing proudly
provides faculty to help offer continuing education programs and supply technical assistance across
all nine AHEC regions and in as many counties and communities as possible each year. The
collaboration between the School and each of the regional AHECs helps to meet the educational needs
of nurses where they live and work in a way that would be unattainable for any of the partners

Dr. Mary Schuler, AHEC Nursing Liaison, and I thank our AHEC and faculty partners for their
generous contribution of time – those who plan and implement the programs, those who encourage
nurses to attend these programs, and those who so willingly offer their expertise to provide these
valuable educational experiences.

Donna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Dean and Professor