Connell School of Nursing
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In the mid-1940s, the late Richard Cardinal Cushing requested that the University establish a baccalaureate nursing program since no Catholic institution in the Archdiocese of Boston offered such a program. Responding to his request, the University opened the Boston College School of Nursing on January 27, 1947, with 35 registered nurses enrolled for a bachelor of science in nursing or nursing education. The following September, a group of 27 high school graduates enrolled in the baccalaureate program.
In 1958, the master's program was established and offered medical-surgical nursing as a field of concentration. It now offers degrees in advanced practice nursing in seven areas of specialization.
The first students entered the PhD in nursing program in 1988. This was the first nursing doctoral program to be offered at a Jesuit university. It has produced more than 80 graduates who are in various clinical, research, and teaching positions throughout the United States and other countries. An MS/PhD option was introduced in 2000 for individuals seeking preparation in both advanced practice nursing and clinical research.
The School of Nursing was dedicated in honor of the late Boston-area businessman and philanthropist William F. Connell on September 12, 2003. The school, now named the William F. Connell School of Nursing, was the recipient of a $10 million gift made by Connell shortly before his death from cancer in 2001. Connell was a 1959 graduate of Boston College and served on the University's board of trustees for 24 years.
Mission statement 
The mission of the William F. Connell School of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses whose practice reflects a humanistic ethic and is scientifically based, technically competent, and highly compassionate. The Boston College nurse learns to think critically and to develop leadership skills throughout the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral programs. The school aims to develop and disseminate knowledge for the advancement of professional practice and the improvement of health care by providing an environment that supports the personal development and scholarship of its faculty and students. The mission of the Boston College Connell School of Nursing is in keeping with that of its parent institution, with an emphasis on the development of the whole person. The School of Nursing focuses on preparing each student as a lifelong learner, as a health professional, and as someone who will use knowledge in service to others.
The graduate of the baccalaureate program is prepared as a generalist to provide care to individuals, families and groups, arriving at diagnostic, ethical, and therapeutic judgments to promote, maintain, and restore health. The graduate of the master's program is prepared with advanced knowledge and skill for providing and leading quality patient care. He or she is prepared to advance the discipline through leadership, mentorship, and research-based practice. The graduate of the doctoral program contributes to the development of knowledge through research and theory-building and the dissemination of findings in scholarly forums.
Undergraduate program 
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing includes liberal arts, physical and social sciences and nursing courses.
The curriculum is designed to develop a student's diagnostic, therapeutic and ethical reasoning in nursing practice. The graduate is prepared as a generalist able to care for individuals and groups at each developmental level and in varied health care settings.
Options are available for baccalaureate students to begin master's-level courses during their undergraduate nursing program. Undergraduate nursing students may enroll for one semester during their junior year in any number of study-abroad programs sponsored by Boston College or by other U.S. colleges and universities.
At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses. The program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Clinical parterners 
Clinical teaching takes place in more than 85 health care facilities in the metropolitan Boston area. Some of these include:
- Arbour Hospital
- Bedford Veteran's Administration Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Boston Medical Center
- Boston Public Health Commission
- Boston Public Schools
- Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Cambridge Health Alliance
- Children's Hospital
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
- Lahey Clinic
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- McLean Hospital
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital
- Partners Home Care, Inc.
- Pine Street Inn
- Shriner's Burn Institute
- Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
- Tufts Medical Center
- UMass Memorial Medical Center
- VA Boston Healthcare System
See also 
- "William F. Connell School of Nursing -- History". Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "William F. Connell School of Nursing -- About Us". Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "William F. Connell School of Nursing -- Undergraduate Program".