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Message from Dean James A. Fain

Photo of Dean James Fain Welcome to the College of Nursing. What a great opportunity to be entering the profession of nursing, with such demand for professional nurses in hospitals and community-based settings across the country. To me, nursing is one of the most optimistic of sciences. All that we do is based on the assumption that human caring makes a difference in the health of individuals and societies. The impact that nursing makes on the health of individuals and societies is great. The potential that nursing has to improve health care is even greater. That is why at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Nursing, we accept students with outstanding ability and commitment and provide them with an education that helps make the most of their talents and skills.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs of study are designed to sharpen critical thinking skills, stimulate scientific inquiry, and develop effective practice through which compassion and caring will flourish. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Nursing achieves these goals through outstanding faculty and students who together create cutting-edge programs, constantly advancing their fields of study.

Faculty members in the College of Nursing are at the forefront of remarkable changes in the education of nurses. Careers in nursing require specialized knowledge that combines high-tech skills with the "essence of caring" that defines our profession. Our faculty is recognized for creative approaches to teaching. Both traditional and web-based courses offer students opportunities for high-quality, convenient learning. In addition, nursing students experience an array of clinical learning options that support their choices for a life-long career in nursing. Graduates of our program are well prepared for demanding roles in health care.

Once again, I welcome you to the College of Nursing and encourage you to call my office with any questions and/or concerns. The College of Nursing believes in serving students to the best of our ability and takes this responsibility seriously.


James A. Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAAN
Dean and Professor

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