As part of our 70th anniversary celebration, we created Walls of History, Science and Art to adorn our hallways. The Walls of History have framed photos, newspaper articles, magazine covers, memorabilia, and even two early nursing student uniforms. The Walls of Science contain posters showcasing the important research being done by our faculty.
The Walls of Art – a series of paintings that reflect our rich history – have helped create an environment to inspire the current as well as the next generation of nurses. Created by renowned artist and UCLA alumni Gregg Chadwick, pictured with me, they bring something new and positive into the work space of our faculty, staff and students. These paintings have transformed our school.
I literally smile each day as I see one of these incredible paintings, reread one of the amusing historical newspaper articles or review some of the amazing research being done by our scholars. Each floor brings a sense of wonderment, pride and joy. If you are in the area, please stop by.
About a month after all of the work was installed, we were honored by a visit from family members of our first Dean, Lulu Wolf Hassenplug. They were moved by how we told her story through archival materials.
Entering our next decade, I am excited to welcome six new faculty members who are profiled in this issue, including a new Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Holli DeVon, and our first Shapiro Family Endowed Chair in Developmental Disability Studies, Dr. Lauren Clark. Each of these new faculty bring an exciting program of research that will benefit our students, the profession, health and health care, and open opportunities for the school to expand its strengths and pursue new directions.
Interprofessional collaboration is key to improving the quality and safety of patient care. We were among the first nursing schools to participate in the Summer Health Professions Education Program. Now in our third year, pre-nursing – along with pre-medical and pre- dental students – receive academic and career experiences that prepare them for future success. I have met many of these students and am in awe of their energy and commitment to create a culture of health, especially in underserved communities. The program culminates in health disparities project presentations that take on current world problems such as mental health, border health and opioid addiction and offer very smart and creative solutions.
An innovative interprofessional postdoctoral program is available through the National Clinician Scholars program. UCLA is one of the founding sites providing nurses and physicians the opportunity to work together to improve the health of all our communities.
This Fall, we are excited to welcome 604 new and returning students.
Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Chair