Dear alumni and friends,
There has never been a better time to support future nurse leaders at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. For the 15th straight year, nursing has been found by a Gallup poll to be the most trusted profession in the country. With your continued investments in nursing education, we can ensure that Vanderbilt nurses are at the forefront of the health care industry, leading the way in clinical research and patient care.
Thanks to the School of Nursing family, of which you are an important part, we are experiencing tremendous growth and countless successes. This past spring, I was proud to make one of the most exciting announcements about the School of Nursing in the past decade: We have started construction on a new 29,947-square-foot addition that will expand spaces for innovative teaching and learning, and strengthen our position as one of the nation’s elite nursing schools.
As we grow in this way, our reputation precedes us. This year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings placed our DNP program at No. 11 and our MSN program at No. 15. Prospective students are taking notice. Since 2006, applications have more than doubled, and the size of our incoming class has increased by 45.5 percent. I am keenly aware of the role your contributions play in our ability to create these top-notch programs.
But the numbers only tell part of the story. You are also essential to ensuring we have the scholarships available to recruit the most talented students. Students like Kelsey Moore, class of 2018, whose passion for improving the health of those in poverty propelled her to the regional finals of the international Hult Prize. The next year, the family nurse practitioner student led Vanderbilt’s campus-wide Hult participation while carrying a full load of courses and clinicals. Or like Rita Peters, class of 2019. At 50, she is the oldest member of her class. Attending Vanderbilt fulfills a promise she made to her elderly father who passed away from cancer. She hopes to pursue adult geriatric primary care in her hometown.
Please make a gift today to help the next generation of nurses like Kelsey and Rita.
Gifts of all sizes combine to keep the School of Nursing, its students and its faculty moving forward. As we grow, your support is critical to attracting and recruiting the best students and faculty. I look forward to your continued partnership as we chart the future of health care.
Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN
Dean and Valere Potter Menefee Professor