I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the University of South Florida as your new Dean for the College of Nursing! You may ask what drew me to USF - four simple but very important words: people, purpose, passion and partnerships.
The people that make up the College of Nursing – students, faculty, staff and alumni-are its key asset. The College's diverse students will be tomorrow's healthcare leaders, and ensuring their academic and life success is a crucial part of my role. Supporting the nursing faculty in their roles as leading research scientists, educators, and clinicians and facilitating global recognition for their achievements will be a top priority for me. Just as critical to the ongoing success of the College are its dedicated and involved staff, alumni and community partners. It was because I met so many of these highly qualified and motivated "people” that I was sure that USF was the right place for me.
Our purpose is clear. The College of Nursing will play a strategic role in developing innovative educational programs for nurses and our inter-professional colleagues. The science generated by nursing faculty will have major impacts on nursing science, health interventions, and evidence-based practice. The College of Nursing will play a significant leadership role as we expand our partnerships, both within USF Health, the university, and the community.
The passion is evident. The fuel that drives USF is its passion for innovation and progress. I'm eager to be a part of USF because of its leaders' high energy and commitment to making the university a forerunner in academic and scientific achievements. During my visits to the Tampa Bay area, I could feel the passion and enthusiasm for USF's many accomplishments throughout the entire community. USF has had the largest increase in research funding in the entire country and the excitement that comes with this is palpable. USF was recently recognized as one of the top "up-and-coming” universities, and it is clearly evident that it is ready to take the next step towards national prominence.
And our partnerships continue to grow. Prior to my arrival on April 30th, I visited USF and saw immediately how different colleges within the university could work and partner together. My own research focuses on HIV prevention in adolescent girls and young women and it truly has benefitted from hearing from many different voices. My research team had eight different disciplines represented so I understand the value of interdisciplinary research. It is my experience that the more people you get together with different perspectives, the more likely you are to get better answers to your questions. The growing inter professional education, research and clinical initiatives at USF and the greater community is not only exciting, it is also how we can have the greatest impact on healthcare and education for the Tampa Bay Area, our nation, and the world. Partnerships build relationships and are the catalyst for positive change.
The concentration of disciplines under the USF Health umbrella allows for more innovative collaboration in education, research and patient care. Coupled with our alumni and community, we will work together to identify areas of mutual need. In Nursing Life, we will continue to explore how people, purpose, passion and partnerships will play a key role in the College of Nursing's future success.
I invite you to join me on this exciting journey.
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing at the University of South Florida