Major Accomplishment For FAU Nursing Program

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Another major milestone for all-things-medical at Florida Atlantic University, as the nursing doctoral program celebrates a decade of service to students at the community.

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its research-based doctoral program in nursing.  The event celebrated the success of its graduates and raised money for Ph.D. student scholarships and ongoing support to educate nursing scholars.

“We celebrate this nursing doctoral program and these graduates because these scholars are vital to improving the health of our community and beyond,” said College of Nursing Dean Marlaine Smith. “They are educating the next generation of nurses, developing the science of nursing through research and leading the profession to optimize the health of those in their care. Our graduates are recognized as leaders, transforming health care delivery through the application of caring science and pursuing health equity for a diverse patient population.”

As part of the celebration, the creation of “The Dr. Nettie Birnbach Nursing Research Scholarship” was announced and is to be awarded to a doctoral nursing student who is committed to conducting and completing nursing research as part of their degree program within FAU’s College of Nursing. The endowment was created by Birnbach with a generous philanthropic gift. Birnbach is a member of The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board.  Her passion stems from the ability of the nurse to have a transformative impact on the health and well-being of the patient.  Birnbach has worked in the nursing field in many capacities for more than 50 years. During this time, she worked in hospitals, public health and as a nursing faculty member. She is currently Professor Emeritus at The College of Nursing, State University of New York at Brooklyn.

Sponsors of the 10th anniversary celebration of the research-based doctoral program in nursing at FAU provided support to educate nurse scholar-leaders. Silver and Bronze-level sponsors included Iota Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Katherine Molinet, Anne-Marie Rempala, and Drs. Marlaine and Brian Smith.

“Societal changes are increasing the demand for nurse scientists to find answers to difficult health problems. Among the most challenging problems facing the nation are that Americans are getting older and need complex nursing care,” said Christine Williams, director of FAU’s Ph.D. in Nursing program. “Health care is becoming more accessible, and nurses are the largest group of health professionals who will provide that care in the future. We urgently need more nursing doctoral graduates and faculty to meet the growing demand for nurses.”

For more information on FAU’s doctoral program in nursing, visit the College of Nursing website.

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