Nursing is a calling, an art as well as a science. As practiced by Yale School of Nursing (YSN) graduates, it is a mandate to change health for the better, for all people. You are joining an intellectual community that integrates scholarship with practice, grounded in a framework of social justice to address disparities in health that persist in the United States and around the globe. The need for, and the contribution of, advanced practice nursing has never been greater. The Affordable Care Act has brought formerly uninsured people into systems of care that continue to require additional primary care providers, including advanced practice registered nurses and midwives. Our role is increasingly recognized as health systems nationwide engage in change, shifting from acute care to population health, acknowledging the need for prevention as well as specialty services, and for new methods including precision health approaches to inform the care of children and adults in communities everywhere. Globally, countries are returning to Alma-Ata principles of universal health coverage, and nurses and midwives remain the backbone of health provision in every nation. From our School’s founding in 1923 with Rockefeller Foundation funds following principles of the groundbreaking Goldmark report, to the 2016 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Manatt report on the key role of nursing schools in today’s evolving academic health centers, innovation in clinical practice, teaching, policy, and science has been part of our DNA at YSN.
Our Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program draws some of the brightest and most creative students of any graduate nursing program. Many of our Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) specialty tracks are among the most highly rated in the United States. Our highly regarded Ph.D. program produces excellent scholars who contribute to science and as nursing school faculty. Our hybrid Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program was ranked in the top tier nationally after graduating just one cohort, and it continues to draw a diverse and accomplished group of nurse leaders each year. Our curricular innovation continues as we stay with the traditional two-year M.S.N. timeframe but integrate approaches including curricular themes threaded throughout, use of our clinical simulation facility, and other twenty-first-century pedagogical elements. Our world-class faculty engage in high-impact research and practice, in areas that include self-management of chronic conditions, sleep science, symptom science, palliative care, genomics, maternal child health, mental health, and global health, among other key areas. Our dedicated staff are highly committed to the YSN community and our mission. Finally, Yale School of Nursing is part of the superb Yale University ecosystem, in which the tools of intellectual discourse become instruments of impactful change in the broader world.
Thank you for your interest and engagement in YSN. Our faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and I welcome you to Yale and to West Campus.
Ann Kurth, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.N.M., FAAN
Dean, Yale School of Nursing
Linda Koch Lorimer Professor of Nursing