I welcome each and everyone of you to the 2021-2022 Academic year at the PLU School of Nursing. As I write this message today, the breaking news is the FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer Covid-19 for people aged 16 and older. The scope of the Covid-19 pandemic never could have been imagined and for many of us who have been vaccinated for several months, we hope this approval will result in more adults seeking vaccination. PLU as a campus is requiring vaccination (with only medical or religious exemptions) for students, faculty and staff. While numbers are still being counted, the percentages are appearing to be very high which is encouraging news. While the pandemic is far from over, these recent developments are encouraging, as we strive to rebuild our sense of community this fall.
Last Spring, members of the leadership team in conjunction with faculty and staff delve into revising and revisioning our mission, vision and values statements as a foundation to shape strategic planning. The revised statements are included in this newsletter for your reading. There are a few key take-aways from the revisions. The School of Nursing has affirmed that a key purpose of nursing is the provision of health care to all people, groups and communities. Thus, at the school we are committed to ensuring a diverse, respectful learning environment where all perspectives are valued. We have reaffirmed our commitment to increasing faculty, staff and students from underrepresented groups. And as a profession, university and school we must face and take actions that confront forms of racism. These are the tasks we must take on, they are not easy tasks but rather essential tasks that we must engage in and commit to.
Barbara Habermann PhD RN FAAN
Dean & Professor