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A smaller picture of Dr. Anita Smith, Dean of the College of Nursing

Happy 2019!   Starting a New Year allows each of us to reflect, plan, strategize and identify all the wonderful learning adventures that lay ahead in the next 12 months.  Many students will graduate with a BSN, MSN, DNP or PhD this May, while others are continuing their learning journey or just starting their program of study.  The diverse degrees awarded this spring is made possible because the College of Nursing (CON) offers many opportunities to further one’s nursing career.

As you “surf” through our website, you see all the degrees offered as well as the scholarship and research work by our faculty.  Contributing to the growth of nursing science through research work or by being the practitioner using the knowledge at the bedside is lifelong learning. Each of us selects how we want to contribute to nursing. The beauty of nursing is it allows each of us to excel at our passion for lifelong learning whether it is being a teacher to future nurses, practicing nurses, patients or families; or being a practitioner who using the newest evidence to provide quality care; or being a researcher creating new nursing knowledge that benefits society.   This is just a short list of the infinite possibilities we have as nurses to change the world.   ISU CON has the programs that will launch your lifelong learning as a nurse. 

On campus, we hear the slogan, “Roar Bengals Roar” which instills pride in all of us who are connected to Idaho State University.  But as the CON launches nurse leaders, I know they will be known as the “Caring Bengals Who Change the World with their Roar”.

Best wishes in your spring semester.

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Anita Smith, PhD, RN