Spring 2021 Newsletter

A Note From Dean Swanson

Dr. Kristen M. Swanson, Dean of the College of Nursing

As we near the finish of one of the most unusual academic years I can remember and, with spring commencement in sight, I want to take a moment to celebrate the hard-earned accomplishments of our students.

Two BSN students will be honored at Seattle University’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 13, 2021, for their academic achievements. Lindsey Bui, BSN ’21, is the recipient of the 2021 President’s Award. This award is given to the graduate who has maintained the highest grade point average throughout four years of study at Seattle U. Sydney Stafford, BSN ’21, will receive the 2021 Provost’s Award, which honors a graduating senior who entered Seattle U as a transfer student and maintained the highest grade point average.

We are also readying to cheer on our class of 2021 graduates at the SU commencement ceremony. This year 72 BSN, 71 DNP and 3 Post-Master’s graduates are celebrating completions of their programs of study. Another 80 BSN, 15 BS in Ultrasound, and 6 DNP graduates are expected to follow them at the end of summer quarter. This is a particularly special graduation season as the first cohort of Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion to DNP students are celebrating completion of their preparation for entry into practice as Nurse Midwives, Family Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric Mental Health NPs. Adult-Gero Primary Care NPs, or Adult-Gero Acute Care NPs,

To all of our students with your graduation on the horizon, I don’t think anyone could have imagined what your final year would be like. Your achievement would have been noteworthy under normal circumstances, but your passion, grit, and determination during the 2020 turbulence are significant. I’m inspired by the outstanding efforts each of you put into completing your studies, maximizing your learning through clinical placements, and digging deep to find the courage and fortitude it took to complete your studies during a pandemic, a time of great political unrest, and an era of overdue societal awakening.

Normally in spring quarter, I hear regular news of our students receiving awards recognizing them for their hard work and determination. Even in this atypical year, this remains constant. We have featured many of those students for you in this newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading about them.

I am proud of the work we do at Seattle University College of Nursing to prepare the next generation of compassionate, competent, and confident caregivers. Whether you are a student, alumni, or a beloved colleague in the work of educating and inspiring leaders to transform health care for a just and humane world, thank you for your tireless commitment to the care of others.