Director's Welcome

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The Cal State LA School of Nursing faculty, staff, students and University are celebrating the recently named Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing

by Dr. Gail Washington

The generous gift from the Chin family has demonstrated confidence in the continued commitment of faculty and staff to sustain quality Nursing programs to meet the needs of the diverse students we serve. Not only are we recognized for diversity and excellence locally but we continue to be nationally recognized. The U.S. News & World Report (2016) rated our Master’s degree program among the top nursing programs in the nation and our BSN programs have 95-100% pass rates on the NCLEX exam. As a result of our mission to engage diverse students in innovative ways to foster intellectual curiosity that engages pluralistic thought and discourse, the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing recently received the national Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. In addition, the Chin School of Nursing was instrumental in planning and supporting the Haiti Nursing Foundation Gala as fundamental support to fiscally sustain and grow Haiti’s nursing program. 

The Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing (SON) is in the forefront of changes that emerge in healthcare and nursing education in particular. We continue to develop an expansive list of community alliances that contribute to student enrichment and clinical education. These community facilities also comprise our SON Advisory Board to keep us apprised of changes, needs or concerns. Moreover, as a result of being attuned to our Advisory Board, we have developed varied innovative Academic-Practice partnerships, established transition to practice programs for new graduates, and have created pathways for advancing nursing education to prepare nurses for developing roles in a dynamic healthcare system. To that end, we have successfully hired two new, outstanding and diverse tenure track faculty for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Finally, after four years preparing for the transition from quarters to semesters, we successfully completed the 2016-17 academic year. Incredibly, the transition was much less painful than anticipated. We relished the opportunity to reassess and change curricular content and enhance pedagogy. Students have affirmed our efforts and acknowledge that semesters allow for slower paced mastery learning.

The Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing is committed to equipping students with the knowledge, expertise, confidence, and wherewithal to healthcare in a meaningful way that promotes the better good. We are excited about the cultivation of future innovations!