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Welcome from the Dean

Welcome from the DeanAs the Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at UMass Medical School I am honored to join a distinguished faculty whose vision of creating a community of health, discovery and human dignity speaks to their response to the health needs of the community, the Commonwealth and beyond through innovative education, practice, public service and research.

The mission of the Graduate School of Nursing is to prepare nurses who embrace diversity and promote health equity to improve the quality of life and human health in the Commonwealth and beyond by leading and innovating in education, research, health care delivery and public service. This is accomplished through collaboration with the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMass Medical School; our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care; and Commonwealth Medicine, the UMass Medical School health care consulting division that offers health policy, research, financing and service delivery to at-risk populations.

The GSN is one of only three nursing schools in New England based at an academic health sciences center, sharing campus resources and facilities with its clinical partner and medical school, as well as the Office Graduate Medical Education (GME). Such proximity allows us to be at the forefront of interprofessional education.

To learn more, please watch my introductory video


 
In service to the GSN, 

Joan M. Vitello-Cicciu, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAHA, FAAN 
Dean, Graduate School of Nursing
UMass Medical School