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Message from the Dean

Dr. Judith McFetridge-Durdle

Message from the Dean
Dr. Judith McFetridge-Durdle

Memorial University’s School of Nursing (SON) has come a long way since its inception in 1965. I am very proud of our long track record of excellence as evidenced by the dedication, advocacy and leadership of our graduates. Nearly ninety per cent of our students come from Newfoundland and Labrador and ninety per cent of our 2010 graduates have chosen to practice in the province. We are very committed to meeting the health needs of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I believe nurses make a difference. We are there at the most important moments - when life begins, when life changes and when life ends. As the largest group of health care professionals in Canada and around the world, nurses believe strongly in health as a human right. Nurses work in hospitals, schools, industrial workplaces, community health departments and remote northern Canadian nursing stations. Regardless of where we work, we work with other health professionals to improve the health of individuals, families and communities. Nurses contribute to life-and-death decisions in a busy hospital emergency ward and provide vital information to new mothers in a community health centre but most importantly, nurses advocate for change.

Nursing is one of today's most challenging and rewarding fields. In a complex environment like health care, where things are constantly changing, we educate nurses who are capable of delivering the best quality care in any environment. Our educational programs are enhanced by research, that responds to community needs and the findings often have implications for health policy.

My vision for the School of Nursing is that we will exercise innovation and national leadership in nursing education, international leadership in research, and leadership in the formulation and realization of healthy public policy.
Thank you
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