Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

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Fairfield University Egan School of
Nursing and Health Studies
Motto Per Fidem ad Plenam Veritatem -- Through Faith to the Fullness of Truth
Type Private, Jesuit
Established 19709
Dean Meredith Wallace Kazer
Location Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Campus Suburban 200 acres (809,000 m²)
Website Official Website
School of Nursing

The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies (or Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies) is a graduate and undergraduate nursing school and one of the professional schools of Fairfield University located in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. The school offers graduate and undergraduate programs, according to the National League for Nursing (NLN) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and ranks among the "10 Best Colleges for a Degree in Nursing" according to Bright Hub.[1]

History[edit]

  • 1970: School of Nursing founded as four-year undergraduate nursing program.
  • 1972: Connecticut Commission for Higher Education and the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing both approved the program.
  • 1974: Received initial accreditation by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
  • 1992: Mu Chi Chapter endorsed by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • 1994: First graduate program to prepare Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioners established.
  • 2002: Baccalaureate and master's degree programs granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • 2005: Initiated the Advisory Council led by Nancy P. Lynch P'95 (member of Board of Trustees at Greenwich Hospital and the VAN Hospice Foundation) and consisting of twelve distinguished professionals with interests in nursing and healthcare charged with advising and assisting the Dean in the advancement of the School of Nursing.[2]
  • 2007: Established partnership with the Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program to offer a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia.[3]
  • 2007: Selected by United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to launch a $40m educational initiative to establish a new VA Nursing Academy in partnership with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.[4]
  • 2007: Awarded accreditation with the highest distinction by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).[5]
  • 2008: Dedicated the Robin Kanarek Learning Resource Center providing a simulated hospital environment including a fully equipped Intensive Care Unit and "SimMan," a Human Patient Simulator.[6]
  • 2015: Dedicated the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies following a $10 million gift by former Fairfield University Trustee William P. Egan ’67 and his wife Jacalyn.[7]

Academic programs[edit]

Undergraduate program[edit]

Graduate programs[edit]

Honor Society of Nursing[edit]

The Mu Chi Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, was founded in 1989 and fully endorsed in 1992. The purpose of the honor society is to promote and recognize leadership, scholarship, research and outstanding achievement in the nursing profession. The Mu Chi Chapter has received the "Chapter Key Award" four times. The award is presented to active chapters who exhibit excellence in achieving the goals and mission of Sigma Theta Tau International.[8]

People[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mary Ann Christopher '79 - Chief of Clinical Operations and Transformation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Roni De Luz '79 - New York Times best selling author of 21 Pounds in 21 Days
  • Meghan Fitzgerald '95 - Executive Vice President, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions; named a 2010 Irish Voice Women of Influence honoree[9]
  • Dr. Theresa Tavella Quell '79 - Past President of the Connecticut Nurses' Association[10]
  • Geralyn Radowiecki Spollett '76 - Associate Director of the Yale Diabetes Center;[11] American Diabetes Association's 2006 Educator of the Year Award winner[12]

Notable faculty[edit]

School of Nursing Lecture Series[edit]

The School of Nursing Lecture Series guest speakers include:

  • 2005: Oliver Sacks - neurologist and author.[14]
  • 2006: Dr. Betty Ferrell - Oncology nurse and researcher in pain management and end of life care.[15]
  • 2007: Geralyn Radowiecki Spollett '76 - Associate Director, Yale Diabetes Center; American Diabetes Association's 2006 Educator of the Year Award winner

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°09′42″N 73°15′17″W / 41.1618°N 73.2548°W / 41.1618; -73.2548