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

Welcome to Idaho State University’s new College of Nursing.  In July 2018, the School of Nursing transitioned to a College of Nursing (CON).  This transition reflects how nursing faculty and staff along with the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences have continued to build quality nursing and health sciences programs to serve our local, state, national, and global communities.

The nursing programs offered at ISU range from the bachelor’s to doctoral level and include: three options for earning a Bachelors of Science of Nursing (BSN) {traditional four year degree track, RN-BSN completion, and an accelerated track-12 months}, two Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) tracks {Family Nurse Practitioner and Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner}, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing, Education track.  Our undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to experience clinical practice in rural and remote settings. Research in the CON concentrates on care of vulnerable populations in rural settings with emphasis on aging, palliative care, dementia, bereavement, quality of life, health promotion, families, and forensic nursing. Several nursing faculty are working on National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grants. The availability of these key nursing programs is WHY Idaho State University is the destination site for nursing education in the state of Idaho.

As a College of Nursing, our mission continues to be the preparation of exemplary nurse leaders who integrate education, service and research to enhance the quality of life for diverse and rural populations.  Students receive the educational foundation and tools to change their lives and promote the health and wellbeing of our communities. We continue to collaborate with our university and community partners to support a culture of trust, compassion, stability and hope. In closing, it is honor to welcome all nursing students and launch them on their educational journey because they will become our future nurse leaders and healthcare innovators in the ever-changing healthcare systems.

Dr. Anita Smith