Message from the Dean

Dear Friends -

We all have cherished traditions in our memories of Indiana University School of Nursing. For some, it’s rooming with fellow classmates in Ball Residence Hall or decorating the statue of Eve (better known as Flo). For others it might be graduation, the induction ceremony, or red scrubs. We hold these traditions dear and they are what make our experiences personal. This issue of the Pulse of Indiana Nursing highlights, among many other things, three major traditions from the many we celebrated this past year.

Last June we welcomed Flo back to Ball Nurses Sunken Garden. I hope you were able to witness President McRobbie’s re-dedication of the garden as a place of respite and renewal for students, faculty, and staff at IUPUI as well as patients and their families from nearby Eskenazi Health, Riley Hospital for Children, IU Simon Cancer Center, Roudebush VA Hospital, and University Hospital. Many alumni have shared stories with me of healing time spent in Ball Garden as well as longstanding traditions of pinning and capping ceremonies and graduation shenanigans. If you haven’t been back, I invite you to plan to come to campus to see the garden and spend some time with Flo.

Setting aside specific time and space to chart a clear and definite course for the future is a longstanding tradition at Indiana University School of Nursing. Faculty, staff and community partners came together to examine the landscape of the nursing profession and talk about how to continue preparing students for successful careers. You can see the details of that work by visiting Indiana University School of Nursing, Strategic Plan Overview 2016-2012.  That same spot will contain updates as we launch our strategic plan toward continued excellence in education, research, partnerships, foster a great work environment for our marvelous staff and faculty, and the best in academic preparation for our stellar students.

The third tradition we have celebrated this year is excellence in research. Did you know that, nationwide, IU School of Nursing has the largest group of scientists in a school of nursing devoted to cancer research? Currently there are 13 faculty with programs of research focusing on helping people with Cancer. With the recently announced formation of the Indiana University School of Nursing Champion Center for Cancer Control Research we expect that our research portfolio will grow exponentially. In fact, this cadre of renowned cancer researchers have set their sights on key goals: cancer prevention and its control if detected; and leading IUSON to become the national preeminent center for oncology research. This new structure will empower the School as never before. The center name honors Victoria Champion for her longstanding commitment to people with cancer and their families. President McRobbie awarded her the President’s Medal for Excellence, given to recognize exceptional distinction in public service, service to Indiana University, and outstanding achievement. It is an esteemed Indiana University tradition, and we are so proud of Dr. Champion.

I wish you all the best and hope that you continue to include Indiana University School of Nursing in your own traditions as part of our family. I am very proud of our accomplishments and hopeful about our future direction. We now stand at the crossroads of IU Nursing’s rich heritage and our future as we build on our legacy of leadership locally, nationally and globally.