Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to our School of Nursing and join us as we celebrate our 75th anniversary. Our September 23, 2017 gala will recognize 75 individuals and/or organizations who made a difference in or for our school. Traditions and experience from our past have shaped our present and our research will direct our future. Across our five programs (BS, CEIN/BS, MS. DNP and PhD) we have more than 800 students, greater than 5500 alumni, 51 full time faculty in tenure track and clinical tracks, and more than 500 clinical agencies & partners working with us to achieve our mission.

The School of Nursing’s Mission is to disseminate knowledge developed through innovative scholarship, to foster inter-professional evidence-based practice, and to educate nursing scholars, clinicians, leaders, and consumers with the goal of advancing the health of individuals, communities, and systems, both locally and globally.

Our commitment throughout the past 75 years has been to provide quality education to our students and to advance the discipline of Nursing. Through the years we have increased our interdisciplinary focus including a statistician, a physician, a nutritionist, a humanities scholar, and two geneticists on our faculty. Our students increasingly learn in interprofessional health teams in simulation scenarios, in the classroom through dedicated exercise and in real life clinical experiences.

As the complexity of healthcare continues, our students and faculty need to think differently, to explore all options, and to always focus on what can be done better, more efficiently and more effectively. At UConn, we do this through a lens of innovation and leadership. Innovation is now across curricula in all our programs from undergraduate through the doctorate. We approach innovation as a thought process, as a spirit of inquiry and a commitment to “focusing on what works”. Our students learn project management skills, practice communication of their ideas in writing and verbally, discern the best evidence, and implement their ideas in a variety of settings. 2017 will herald the appointment of the DeLuca Foundation Visiting Professor in Innovation & New Knowledge.

To advance the discipline, we focus on research and scholarship. Our faculty and students work in Centers to address pain, corrections health and/or technology. Individuals and teams examine the microbiome, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, learning science, policy, genetics, diabetes, emergency room usage, and so much more. Our lens is self-management and behavioral change.

For the past 75 years we have addressed education, policy, practice and research. This is our future as well. Every day, students and faculty are engaged in these four pillars and I invite you to join them. Our programs are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year and we have faculty & staff positions open for your consideration. January 2018 begins a new era in the School of Nursing with the appointment of Dean Designate Deborah Chyun. Come join a school which embraces its past, thrives in the present and looks forward to our future!


E. Carol Polifroni, RN, EdD, CNE, NEA-BC, ANEF
Dean & Professor


E. Carol Polifroni, EdD, NEA-BC, CNE RN, ANEF
Dean and Professor
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