The foundation of nursing is finding joy in improving the health of individuals. As a profession, we collaborate to provide a path for improving the health and well-being of our country’s population. You are probably familiar with the 2009 Future of Nursing report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine that set recommendations to be met by 2020 for nursing practice and education. Fast forward 10 years to present day when the National Academy of Medicine is picking up and extending this work for the next decade. The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 is a consensus study that will inform how the role of the nurse is integral in helping our nation create a culture of health and reduce health disparities. I encourage you to look into this project and examine how you can collaborate on improving individual, family and community health in your role.
Speaking of joy and improvements, you may have noticed a few aesthetic changes to this issue of The Gator Nurse. As part of our vision at the college to “transform health through innovative practice, preeminent research, and exceptional academic programs,” we are also making an effort to assess how we can improve the experience of our alumni and friends. That assessment has led to a redesign of our magazine, in a fresh, modern style. In addition, if you find your way over to the College of Nursing’s website, you will see that our website has a new look too. We hope that these changes are attractive, easier to navigate and a true interpretation of what Gator Nursing represents.
So, please, sit back, relax and enjoy reading about the newest accomplishments of our talented faculty, students and alumni. The next issue will be fully online in the summer. If you have an update or comment to share, I encourage you to reach out to College of Nursing Director of Communications Anna Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-273-6395.
Anna M. McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and the Linda Harman Aiken Professor