Throughout the planning process for the College of Nursing’s 40th Anniversary Gala, it became clear the purpose of the event was not simply to celebrate the past. Highlighting the future of Valparaiso University’s CoN was deemed equally important. And by all accounts, the 40th anniversary gala, which took place Feb. 7 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, succeeded on all levels.
A bond like no other exists for the first graduating class of the College of Nursing. The members of that class, who graduated in 1972 after the college opened in the fall of 1968, paved the way for those who followed.
CoN alumni and students mingled during the event. And while past nursing graduates shared memories and were honored for their contributions to the college, the students were hailed as the future of nursing.
When Courtney Rahrig ’08 applied for a 12-week fellowship after graduating from Valparaiso University’s College of Nursing, she knew she was more than qualified to take part in the program.
Rahrig points to the simulation-based instruction she received through the CoN’s Virtual Nursing Learning Center.
Adams is a leader in the psychiatric mental health nursing field, having received the 2008 American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association Award for Excellence in Education and the 2004 Tennessee Nurses Association Award for Excellence in Nursing.
We are indebted to our founders who acted on the dream for a new kind of nursing program where nursing would assume its responsibility of meeting the health needs of society. In the College of Nursing, it always has been expected that students would develop critical thinking, risk taking, and leadership skills. Being a Valpo graduate always has required a commitment to excellence.
When I reflect on the gains that have been made over the past decade, I cannot help but feel a deep sense of pride and accomplishment in our faculty and staff for creating and sustaining productive and innovative teaching methods.
The nursing landscape is very different today than it was 40 years ago due to advancements in research, technology, and the rise of greater spe cialization in the field. Today we must teach our students how to adapt to ever-changing environ ments. We provide them with a strong foundation for evidence-based practice, so they can use new research and translate it to the point of care.
Valpo is well positioned to continue its tradition of educating outstanding nurses, and I assure you that we will not rest on our laurels. We will remain focused on innovation, a positive "can-do" attitude, and teamwork