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UCLA School of NursingNursing reimagined. Nursing redefined.

Welcome from the Dean

Dr. Courtney H. Lyder, Dean and Professor, UCLA School of Nursing

Nursing Reimagined. Nursing Redefined. Those four words embody the brand of our School. When we introduced this brand, I was excited about the promise of the words and the actions we would be taking to show our leadership and forethought in advancing education, clinical practice and research.

Since that time, the School has been active in taking not just a role, but a leadership role in advancing the healthcare in all our communities. The stories we are sharing in this issue really illustrate how we are leading the way.

If we think about our impact in a series of circles, the inner circle is what is going in the School and the circle then expands to include first the UCLA community, then the Southern California community and ultimately the world.

If we are going to be leaders in the community, we have to start by making our students the leaders of tomorrow. Last year, I appointed Paul Macey as the new Associate Dean of Information and Technology and Innovations to ensure that technology is never the substitute for critical knowledge, experience and judgement.

In April this year, as the campus went tobacco free, the School of Nursing was all over the media, thanks to the incredible leadership of Dr. Linda Sarna. She was interviewed by most all of the local news channels and she was the featured guest one evening on "Which Way LA." The campus is going to be so much healthier, not just because of the lack of tobacco, but also because of the other work that is being done through the Healthy Campus Initiative, of which I am proud to be a part.

The role of the nurse at the bedside is also changing. Nurses are seeking solutions to the challenges they see at the bedside - whether it is creating plans for follow-up care that will keep a patient on a long-term plan for good health, prevention of adverse events or creation of evidence based care treatment plans to improve outcomes and delivery. The new partnership with Children's Hospital will help us focus on improving the health and well-being of children.

For nursing, it is an exciting time and I am proud of the work that we are accomplishing to advance the profession and the practice.


Courtney H. Lyder, ND, ScD(Hon), FAAN 
Dean and Professor

The Dean discusses why "Nurses are at the Forefront of Change" in Hospitals and Health Networks.



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