Message from the Dean

picture of dean for Leach College of Nursing, Carol WilsonHealth care is undergoing a rapid transformation. There has never been a better time to choose nursing as a career.  As the most populated health care field, nursing will be at the frontline of health care reform. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Robert Wood Johnson report in 2011 on the “Future of Nursing” recommends that 80 percent of registered nurses have a baccalaureate degree in nursing by 2015.

At the USF’s Cecily and John Leach College of Nursing, we are doing our part to increase the level of education for our nurses to make this a reality.  We are forming stronger partnerships with our community college partners by offering discounts and seamless fast-track programs into the bachelor’s and master’s degrees for registered nurses with associate degrees.

Our master’s degrees for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP), Nurse Administrators, Nurse Educators and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) prepare students to function at higher levels as Advanced Practice Nurses (APN), nursing leaders, and nurse educators. With healthcare reform, these are the nurses who will be the face of primary care within the community.

The IOM Report also recommended doubling the numbers of doctorally prepared nurses by 2015, and we are ready to help accomplish this as well.  Our doctoral program focuses on vulnerable populations to fulfill our Franciscan mission of serving the poor.

We are proud of our USF nursing graduates! Our nursing alumni continue to live our core values of respect, compassion, integrity and service to the community. Our faculty are experts in their content areas and active in practice. They are ready to help you achieve your career goals.

Come be a USF nurse!

Carol Wilson, PhD, FNP-BC

Dean, Leach College of Nursing