From the dean: Reimagining the future of nursing

October 25, 2022

Connie Delaney

At the School of Nursing’s spring commencement, I shared with the Class of 2022 how despite the challenges they had faced as students and might see our profession facing at this moment, I had never been more optimistic about the future of our school and nursing’s potential to positively impact the health and wellbeing of our communities and the planet. Reading this issue of Minnesota Nursing affirms some examples of the “why.”

As the cover denotes, this issue highlights some of the ways the school is reimagining the future of nursing. We all know that continuing to do what we’ve been doing won’t address the current nursing shortage or the even greater one our state, and all of us, are facing in the very near future. Consequently, that is why we are proud to help launch the Coalition for Nursing Equity and Excellence. Anchored in collaboration, the coalition will provide the holistic approach to workforce and equity the Minnesota’s health care system so urgently needs.

One way we might partner and share resources for the betterment of all is outlined in the story about the American Nurses Foundation grant to pilot immersive virtual reality. In addition, our Partnering for Health feature shares how the school’s academic-practice partnership with M Health Fairview is addressing the nursing faculty shortage, particularly in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specialties. The collaboration is providing clinicians an opportunity to both advance their career and gain experience as an educator, and the school welcomes feedback on health systems expectations for new graduating nurses. The new Health Resources and Services Administration grant will increase the number of doctorally prepared American Indian/Alaska Native nurses.

Our nurse scientists are uniquely meeting the community where they are to advance health. By conducting research at the Minnesota State Fair, our scientists are reaching a diverse pool of participants and receiving valuable feedback from the public. The two stories that follow detail recent NIH grants through which the school’s faculty are addressing health inequities. 

Turning our attention globally, we celebrate the University of Minnesota’s 40 year partnership with the University of Iceland, a relationship that has included research collaboration and student/faculty exchange and continues to deepen with each year. And we share the story of PhD candidate Charles Osingada who is studying the potential of telehealth to enhance HIV care in Uganda, one of our global partners.

We welcome our increased connection with you. We welcome your reflections, suggestions and shared wisdom. We are grateful for your unwavering interest and engagement.

In gratitude, 

I am - We Are with a feather



Connie White Delaney
Professor and Dean

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