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Jean W. Lange
BSN, SUNY Binghamton; MSN, University of Calif-Los Angeles; PhD, University of Connecticut
Nursing is a highly challenging and fulfilling career. What I enjoy most is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, whether they are patients, family members, fellow nurses, faculty colleagues or students. My clinical experience includes neurology, cardiology and critical care and I have served in many different roles including staff and charge nurse, clinical nurse specialist, educator and academic leader. Much of the scholarly work I do centers around helping vulnerable populations, particularly the health concerns of Hispanic individuals and the elderly. My projects have involved helping faculty, staff and the public better understand the unique needs of older adults and end of life concerns. One of the things I enjoy most about the nursing profession is that there is always a new opportunity to do something different. Trying new roles has kept me excited and passionate about what I do every day. I view my new role as founding dean at Quinnipiac University’s School of Nursing as the next new adventure in my career. We are forging ahead to create interprofessional learning opportunities for our students and build a model of team scholarship that will enhance student opportunities to engage in exciting projects with faculty mentors. Collaboration with international colleagues in Ireland and Nicaragua provide rich opportunities for students to learn about health care in developed and developing nations, and for faculty to partner on international research projects. With a new School of Medicine and colleagues in the School of Health Sciences, we are creating a unique learning environment, rich in resources and a rigorous yet personalized education. I look forward to meeting you to talk about the many opportunities of a nursing career.