After four years as dean of Memorial University’s School of Nursing, Dr. Judith McFetridge-Durdle, has accepted a new position as dean of the College of Nursing, at Florida State University. She takes up her new role on Dec. 2, 2013.
Dr. McFetridge-Durdle has enjoyed a busy and challenging four years heading up Memorial’s School of Nursing.
“Together we have accomplished so much and I would like to thank everyone at the School of Nursing,” she wrote in a memo to faculty and staff. “You have all been wonderful to work with and I look forward to hearing news about you and the school in the future.”
Among key accomplishments, Dean McFetridge-Durdle cites creation of the new PhD in Nursing program (which launches this fall 2013); transition of the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) Nurse Practitioner program to the master’s level (launched January 2013) and groundwork for the development of a new BN Second Degree program.
She also chaired Memorial’s internal working group on nursing education consolidation (2010-2011) and championed the strategic initiative to consolidate nursing education in Newfoundland and Labrador within Memorial University.
Dean McFetridge-Durdle spent many years living and working in the United States, where her children and grandchildren now live. In her new role as dean of the College of Nursing at Florida State University, she looks forward to spending family time with them.
“I am excited about this new chapter in my nursing career and welcome the opportunity to live near my family in Florida,” said Dean McFetridge-Durdle.
Dr. David Wardlaw, Memorial’s provost and vice-president (academic) will appoint an interim dean for the School of Nursing in the near future. The appointment of a permanent dean usually takes about one year.