Message from the Associate Dean/Director, School of Nursing

Dr. Dee BaldwinWelcome to the School of Nursing at UNC, Charlotte. These are exciting times in the school as the University faces escalating growth in our student body and a changing demographic population. This is also an important time for healthcare and the nursing profession. Not only are nurses needed more than ever, but national and international attention on healthcare reform creates opportunities for nurses to be a major part of the solution. The school’s mission is to provide leadership in nursing education, practice and research, with the ultimate goal of offering exceptional programs and quality education to all students. Our educational programs are consistently well received and ranked highly by the publics we serve, and our school continues to enjoy a rich history and solid reputation for producing outstanding graduates who serve as leaders, practitioners, and scholars within the state and in the nation.

The school prides itself in providing a wide range of academic programs in an exceptional environment to those who desire to pursue undergraduate and advanced study in nursing. The undergraduate program consists of a pre-licensure BSN program and an RN-to-BSN program. The Graduate program contains the Nurse Anesthesia, Family Nurse Practitioner, Community/Public Health Nursing, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration programs. Our future plans are to offer a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on Leadership in Direct Clinical Care and Systems/Populations Practice. Other key aspects of the educational and scholarly activities of the school are our many partnerships with health care agencies that strengthen and enrich our student learning opportunities. Our donors also provide the extra opportunities that are needed to enhance and enrich our nursing education programs.

The School of Nursing has an outstanding faculty. As a leader in nursing education, the faculty has published many papers, book chapters, and abstracts in distinguished journals and magazines; many scholarly poster and podium presentations have been given this year. We have also added two endowed chairs, the Carol Grotnes Belk Endowed Chair held by Dr. Mary Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN and Dean W. Colvard Distinguished Professor in Nursing held by Dr. Laura Talbot, PhD, RN. Both of these positions serve to advance and strengthen the scholarship and research of the faculty and help the school to attract and retain qualified top-notch faculty and students. The establishment of the endowed chair positions marks an important milestone for the school as we seek to expand and grow our academic programs.

If you are interested in a learning environment that values excellence in practice, critical thinking, and scholarly inquiry, we encourage you to consider UNC, Charlotte School of Nursing as a partner in your education. Please tour our web site, visit our campus, and make an appointment to meet with our admissions counselors. If you have further questions, we welcome the prospect of discussing these with you. Together with the school’s administrative leadership, its faculty, staff, alumni, and friends we welcome you to UNC, Charlotte.

   ~  Dr. Dee Baldwin