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Dean's Welcome
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Message from Dr. Marlaine Smith,
Dean & Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing


Websites are vehicles to assist us in coming to know an organization. I extend a warm welcome to you as you enter this portal and begin to come to know the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

In 2011 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary, and in March of that year I was selected as the second dean of this very special College.  We are known for our dedication to caring in nursing: expanding the science, studying its meaning, practicing the art and living it day-to-day. Our strong values give us identity, direction and purpose.  As we’ve grown, we’ve distinguished ourselves through our educational programs, research, practice and service missions. Some examples are:

• A unique, caring-based nursing curriculum that incorporates the latest recommendations from Carnegie Foundation Report and the Institute of Medicine competencies for health professions education.

• A new “green” building designed to reflect our commitment to holism and caring-healing environments.

• One of the largest graduate enrollment of any College of Nursing in the state of Florida and the first Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the State to receive accreditation from CCNE.

• One of the most diverse nursing programs in the country, with half of our students from underrepresented ethnic minority groups.

• A prestigious faculty generating about $3,000,000 in external funding, 15 highly-regarded nursing textbooks, with six fellows in the American Academy of Nursing, five fellows in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Academies of Practice, three Fulbright Scholars, and one Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nursing Fellow.

• Externally-funded research on health disparities, holistic health, healthy aging and transforming care environments.

• Awarding $568,000,000 in student scholarships, traineeships and stipends.

• The first college to preserve scholarly works of caring in nursing in on-site archives.

• Two nursing centers that provide specialty care to those experiencing memory loss, diabetes or at-risk for diabetes.

I invite you to tour our home online and then plan to visit us in person. 
We have so much to be proud of, and we look forward to a bright future as we live our commitment to caring!
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