From the Dean

Kathy ParkerAs you well know, the University of Rochester School of Nursing boasts an extraordinary tradition of innovation. Many factors contribute to our success, including the creativity, energy and commitment of faculty, staff and students. But I also believe that the environment in which the School developed and continues to evolve is a key element. As part of an academic medical center, we benefit greatly from those around us.

The School is both literally and figuratively at the heart of the University of Rochester Medical Center, just as nursing is at the heart of health care. Even as challenges have presented themselves, the School and nursing remain on a trajectory of forward-thinking leadership. In addition, to facilitate progress, we are actively and strategically building partnerships across the Medical Center and the community.

One need look no further than across the street from Helen Wood Hall to see how time, commitment and a shared vision can grow into multifaceted collaborations. There are a number of projects that bring together individuals from the School and the Medical Center and its affiliates, and many have reach and relevance beyond the School, even beyond Rochester.

On the following pages we will look at several of these relationships and collaborations. Some are long-standing; others are newer. All illustrate a commitment from the individuals and organizations involved to recognize and elevate the ever-expanding role of nursing and its ability to transform health care and improve peoples’ lives. The success of the unification model pioneered at the School is best achieved when we actively engage our community partners. Thank you to all of those people and organizations who work with us as we educate, as we practice and as we conduct research. We could not do it alone.

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Kathy P. Parker

Multimedia in this Issue:

Commencement 2010

reunion slideshow

View a slideshow of the event.

Nursing and medical school students partner to learn teamwork

joint simulation video

View the video.

URMC First in Nation to Implant Heart Failure Device

HeartNet video

Learn more about the device.