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College of Nursing

Dean's Message

photo of Daisy Cruz-Richman

I am delighted to welcome you to the College of Nursing web site at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. It is an exciting time to be a nurse and to consider the many specialty options in nursing and clinical practice sites. There are few other professions that can compete with the satisfaction of caring for people with opportunities to contribute to the quality of life and well being of others. With the increasing demand for nurses and expanding areas in nursing, opportunities abound for nurses to provide leadership and scholarship in the areas of nursing education, practice and research.

The College of Nursing has grown significantly since its inception in 1967 when it established a baccalaureate program. Currently, we offer seven educational programs. We have two upper-division baccalaureate programs: an RN-to- BS degree for registered nurses and an accelerated program for those who already have a bachelor's degree in another field. We are one of only four Colleges of Nursing in New York State, offering a master's degree in all advanced nursing practice roles, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives. We also offer an advanced certificate program for nurse practitioners. In 2005, all our programs received the maximum 10 years of accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, a nationally-recognized accrediting body for baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing. In addition, the College is an accredited provider of continuing education for professional nurses. We anticipate in the near future the establishment of a Center for Nursing Research and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

We take pride in our rich history of preparing qualified nurses and also, in our commitment to continue a tradition of educating nurses from underrepresented backgrounds, increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce. We are also enormously proud of our graduates who are making a positive difference- from the bedside in hospitals to ambulatory clinics to community healthcare settings to the halls of academic and research institutions, many of whom are in leadership and management positions throughout the nation. Our diverse, scholarly faculty is engaged in securing a laudable future for our students by insuring undergraduate and graduate curricula that are responsive to trends in higher education, nursing and health care. Our curricula will stay on the cutting edge in preparing nurses who will become leaders, contributing to the advancement of health care and the profession itself.

The challenges in health care continue to grow and the need for an educated nursing workforce is greater than ever. If nursing is a future or current passion of yours, I invite you to explore our web site and learn more about our college and programs.

Daisy Cruz-Richman, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor