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Points of Pride

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is a leader - regionally, nationally, and globally - in nursing education and research.  Following are a few of the points of distinction that set us apart:

  • Values-driven education: We are dedicated to the development of caring science and to teaching from a caring-based philosophy.  The College defines nursing as "nurturing the wholeness of person and environment through caring."
  • Caring scholars:  A cadre of faculty scholars, known for their work in caring, teach and conduct research at the College.  Our unique PhD program prepares graduates who advance caring science, while the DNP program prepares leaders to transform care.  The College has the only archives housing caring scholarship, including the works of Sr. Simone Roach, Anne Boykin, Savina Schoenhofer, Madeline Leininger, Marilyn Ray and Kristen Swanson.
  • Putting caring theory into nursing practice:  The Christine E. Lynn Center for Caring supports initiatives to humanize health care through partnerships with community organizations.  Two community-based nurse-managed centers deliver primary and specialty health care and wellness services from a caring perspective.
  • Diversity:  We are proud of the diversity of our student body.  At least half of the students in our academic programs are from underrepresented ethnic minority groups.  Our faculty members conduct research addressing health disparities through culturally appropriate caring approaches.
  • Our College home:  Our building at the Boca Raton Campus was designed to reflect the College's caring philosophy.  The building, one of the few LEED "gold-certified" educational buildings in the United States, features feng shui principles and environmental sustainability.
  • Holistic focus:  All of our programs are endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, Inc. (AHNCC), facilitating our graduates' certification as holistic nurses.  Our holistic program features designated space where classes in yoga, tai chi, mindfulness meditation, aromatherapy and other modalities convene.
  • Significant endowment:  The College of Nursing has about $20 million supporting a total of sixteen Endowed Chairs, Professorships, and Scholarships.  This endowment funding reflects the outreach and trust in the work of the faculty.
  • Nursing theory development:  Our faculty have developed nursing theories and/or analyzed, extended and disseminated scholarship related to nursing theories, including: Nursing as Caring, Unitary Caring, Story Theory, Community as Caring, Bureaucratic Caring and Technological Caring.
  • Preparing students to care for an aging population:  The College addresses the needs of the community by developing programs and initiatives related to aging and gerontology.  The Louis and Anne Greene Memory and Wellness Center offers caregiver support, diagnostic services, and day care for those living with memory changes.
  • Growth and Leadership in Graduate Education:  In response to the nursing shortage we have been growing significantly over the past several years, with  1,400 students in four programs: BS, MS, DNP, and PhD.  We have one of the largest graduate enrollments of any College of Nursing in the State of Florida.  We were the first DNP program in the State of Florida to receive CCNE accreditation.
  • A prestigious faculty:  Our faculty have been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for their contributions to nursing and the community. Approximately one dozen faculty have published highly regarded nursing books; several have research and projects funded by NIH and HRSA; twelve are fellows in the American Academy of Nursing, six are fellows in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the National Academies of Practice, two are Fulbright Scholars and two are Robert Woods Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows. Three have been recognized by the Palm Healthcare Foundation as Nurse of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013.