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Patricia D. Hurn, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor
School of Nursing

Sixty-five years is a long time to remember a patient. A BSN graduate and her classmates from the class of 1956 recently reminisced about a time in their undergraduate years when they cared for a three-year-old with polio named Bobby and had grown to know him well. They recall taking him for strolls outside the University of Michigan Hospital to get fresh air. Compassion was such a strong lesson at the School of Nursing that over six decades later these alumni still clearly remember how their care made life better for that child. Those young nursing students were also caring for polio patients during an era when that epidemic deeply affected the public and altered a great many lives. In April 1955, these same students witnessed the dawn of a new day as they stood on the steps of the University of Michigan’s Rackham Building to hear the announcement of a safe and effective polio vaccine. Today, our BSN classes are living through a similar history, and we are hopeful that given enough time, they too will see breakthroughs that help the world reach a safer future. 

We dare to be hopeful and firmly believe the future still shines bright. Rest assured that despite these challenging times, your School of Nursing is in a strong position. Over the past year, I have been privileged to work alongside professionals who live their values every day. We navigate new circumstances together, guided by nursing expertise while making every effort to lead our school with safety, efficiency and excellence at the forefront.

Our school planned to lead the way in 2020 with festivities celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Those plans quickly changed as we saw just how closely our world’s health is interconnected. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe and brought our bustling community to an unfamiliar standstill, we had to change our daily routines and reimagine a much different year. But nurses know unpredictability. Resourcefulness is in our DNA. We know how to adapt, and we know how to pull together.

At the University of Michigan School of Nursing, we have always known how to rise to the occasion.

The world has changed in many ways, but the need for highly educated nurses remains, and the need for nursing leadership grows stronger every day. The world needs us, and you can help. We invite you to join with us on these top priorities:

  • We dare to be champions for future nurses through student support.
    You help dreams come true with a gift to scholarship support to bring the best and brightest aspiring nurses from across the country to the University of Michigan.
  • We dare to create new opportunities for all.
    You ensure individuals at the School of Nursing have access to equitable opportunities and experience a sense of belonging with a gift to support diversity, equity and inclusion activities.
  • We dare to tackle the complex.
    You broaden research possibilities to improve health for all with a gift to research support.
  • We dare to believe global health is everywhere, abroad and in communities at home.
    You light the way for the School of Nursing to engage in life-changing outreach through practice, research, and education with a gift to global nursing.

We know we are stewards of this school for the nurses who will come next. In our 129 year history, the school has witnessed the dark clouds of wars, pandemics and epidemics – and still we stand tall. Generations of nurses before us saw gathering storms and were not deterred. Challenging winds do not discourage us. We will adjust our sails and keep going. It is up to every one of us to keep the University of Michigan School of Nursing strong at its core and maintain our commitment to integrity and quality in nursing — the world needs us.

With our community of donor support beside us, we dare to envision a world informed, guided and healed by University of Michigan School of Nursing expertise. Join us today with a gift to the School of Nursing in an area that moves you. Thank you for firmly upholding the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s global reputation for excellence in nursing leadership.

Best regards, 

Patricia Hurn Signature

Patricia D. Hurn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
University of Michigan School of Nursing

P.S. Make a gift today, because the world needs our outstanding University of Michigan nurses more than ever. 

We dare to be hopeful and firmly believe the future still shines bright. Rest assured that despite these challenging times, your School of Nursing is in a strong position. Over the past year, I have been privileged to work alongside professionals who live their values every day. We navigate new circumstances together, guided by nursing expertise while making every effort to lead our school with safety, efficiency and excellence at the forefront.

Our school planned to lead the way in 2020 with festivities celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Those plans quickly changed as we saw just how closely our world’s health is interconnected. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe and brought our bustling community to an unfamiliar standstill, we had to change our daily routines and reimagine a much different year. But nurses know unpredictability. Resourcefulness is in our DNA. We know how to adapt, and we know how to pull together.

At the University of Michigan School of Nursing, we have always known how to rise to the occasion.

The world has changed in many ways, but the need for highly educated nurses remains, and the need for nursing leadership grows stronger every day. The world needs us, and you can help. We invite you to join with us on these top priorities:

  • We dare to be champions for future nurses through student support.
    You help dreams come true with a gift to scholarship support to bring the best and brightest aspiring nurses from across the country to the University of Michigan.
  • We dare to create new opportunities for all.
    You ensure individuals at the School of Nursing have access to equitable opportunities and experience a sense of belonging with a gift to support diversity, equity and inclusion activities.
  • We dare to tackle the complex.
    You broaden research possibilities to improve health for all with a gift to research support.
  • We dare to believe global health is everywhere, abroad and in communities at home.
    You light the way for the School of Nursing to engage in life-changing outreach through practice, research, and education with a gift to global nursing.

We know we are stewards of this school for the nurses who will come next. In our 129 year history, the school has witnessed the dark clouds of wars, pandemics and epidemics – and still we stand tall. Generations of nurses before us saw gathering storms and were not deterred. Challenging winds do not discourage us. We will adjust our sails and keep going. It is up to every one of us to keep the University of Michigan School of Nursing strong at its core and maintain our commitment to integrity and quality in nursing — the world needs us.

With our community of donor support beside us, we dare to envision a world informed, guided and healed by University of Michigan School of Nursing expertise. Join us today with a gift to the School of Nursing in an area that moves you. Thank you for firmly upholding the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s global reputation for excellence in nursing leadership.

Best regards, 

Patricia Hurn Signature

Patricia D. Hurn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
University of Michigan School of Nursing

P.S. Make a gift today, because the world needs our outstanding University of Michigan nurses more than ever. 

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