The University of Rochester School of Nursing possesses innovative academic programs, robust research opportunities, and extensive clinical and educational partnerships that prepare nurses of the highest caliber to meet the needs of patients and families in an increasingly complex health care environment.
Part of a major academic medical center, the school is nationally recognized as a pioneer at successfully integrating nursing education, research and practice. Its faculty is regarded nationally and globally for their work to inform policy, influence decision-makers, and respond effectively to the critical issues at the heart of health care reform. Most nursing faculty spends 40 percent of their time providing clinical care or conducting collaborative research within the medical center and/or with scientists across the University.
Academically, the school offers programs from baccalaureate through doctoral education, including an RN to BS completion program, master’s programs that prepare nurse practitioners in six specialties, a Leadership in Health Care master’s program, a PhD program preparing future researchers and faculty, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program preparing nurses for advanced clinical practice. Additionally, the school’s accelerated (12-month) bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for non-nurses (APNN), have experienced an 817% enrollment growth since their establishment in 2002, drawing culturally-diverse students from all over the world. The School is a seven-year recipient of grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing program, aimed at expanding and diversifying the national nursing workforce.
The School’s close collaborations with the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry and across the medical center provide nursing students with essential opportunities to learn alongside students of medicine and other disciplines, and to conduct research as part of interprofessional teams.
The School’s research program is led by a team of diverse scholars who often partner with physicians and other scientists to seek more effective ways to improve care coordination, reduce risks for disease and disability, promote healthy lifestyles, and enhance quality of life for those with chronic or terminal illness. Educated to view a patient’s care from every perspective, UR nurse scientists have a rich history of nationally funded research, innovations, and meaningful discoveries in areas such as in-home nurse visitation, palliative care, HIV prevention, asthma management, and Alzheimer’s disease prevention.