A Letter from the President

A Letter from President Susan Groenwald

The past year has been an exciting year of transformation and care for our Chamberlain community. Last spring, we celebrated becoming a university with a diversified portfolio of programs that includes public health – our latest step in the journey toward educating extraordinary healthcare professionals who will transform the health of people worldwide. While the U.S. healthcare system has been focused on treating illness, fighting disease and finding cures, we are part of a community of healthcare professionals committed to strategically focusing on the health and wellness of communities worldwide.

By focusing on prevention and wellness through public health and nursing, we can contribute to creating what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls a Culture of Health. In addition to doing a better job of caring for ourselves, we must also care for the caregivers – the nurses and healthcare professionals that give so much of themselves to others. One in a hundred U.S. citizens is a nurse – if we improve the health of nurses, we improve the health of the country and make a significant impact on creating a Culture of Health.

That is what Chamberlain’s Culture of Care is all about. I am passionate about our Culture of Care because I have witnessed how it has made a difference in the lives of our students and colleagues. I believe strongly in creating a workplace culture that resonates with colleagues’ personal values and tells the story of “why we do what we do.” Throughout this issue of The Chamberlain you’ll read many impactful examples of how Chamberlain Care® has made a difference – care in action.

In an effort to share our Culture of Care with others, this past September we released a new book – Designing & Creating a Culture of Care for Students and Faculty: The Chamberlain University College of Nursing Model. Our book was published alongside two others that were released by the NLN Press at the National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Summit as part of the NLN tradition of publishing new works of scholarship and launching them during its annual event:

  • Critical Conversations: The NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking, Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A; Mary Fey, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, eds, focuses on building faculty expertise in the teaching of higher-level reasoning skills, using techniques from simulation and debriefing. Specific direction for nurse educators is provided to create steps for engaging in reflective dialogue with students and draw on specific examples of how to incorporate debriefing techniques across the nursing curriculum.

  • ROVING LEADERSHIP: Breaking through the Boundaries, Sal Tagliareni, PhD; Janice Brewington, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-authors, is based on empirical evidence that anyone can be a leader, thus, disputing the conventional wisdom of "born leaders." This very insightful work puts to rest the myths that prevent people from assuming positions of leadership and also identifies the obstacles that sometimes stand in the way of a person seeking a leadership role.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to partner with other industry thought-leaders to help lead the way for this transformational shift in care. I was equally enthusiastic to edit a book authored by our own Chamberlain colleagues that tells the story of Chamberlain’s transformation to a Culture of Care. Our Chamberlain Care culture is the compass for every decision we make and provides the foundation for us to build on our common vision of graduating extraordinary healthcare professionals who transform the health of people worldwide. It is our hope that others find the book helpful in their own work environments.

Thank you for being part of our extraordinary journey in 2017. In this year of caring for one another, we have seen how dedication, resilience and commitment can make a difference in the lives of others. We are thankful for our Chamberlain community — extraordinary faculty, colleagues, students, alumni and healthcare partners — for your commitment to fostering a Culture of Care leading to a Culture of Health.

Together we will make a difference!

Susan L. Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
President, Chamberlain University

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