I am absolutely thrilled that I am part of the University of South Florida as your Dean for the College of Nursing! You may ask what excites me about USF - four simple but very important words: people, purpose, passion and partnerships.
The people that make up the College of Nursing students, faculty, staff, alumni are its key asset. The College’s diverse students will be tomorrow’s healthcare leaders, and ensuring their academic and life success is a crucial part of my role. Supporting the nursing faculty as leading research scientists, educators, and clinicians, facilitating global recognition for their achievements, is also a priority. Just as critical to the ongoing success of the College are its dedicated and involved staff, alumni and community partners. It is because of these highly qualified and motivated “people” that I am proud to serve as your Dean.
Our purpose is clear. The College of Nursing plays a strategic role in developing innovative educational programs for nurses and our inter-professional colleagues. The science generated by nursing faculty has major impacts on nursing science, health interventions, and evidence-based practice. The College of Nursing plays a significant leadership role as we continue to expand our partnerships, both within USF Health, the university, and the community.
The passion is evident. The fuel that drives USF is its passion for innovation and progress. I’m delighted to be a part of USF because of its high energy and commitment to ensuring that we are a forerunner in academic and scientific achievements. Within the Tampa Bay and west central Florida area, I feel the passion and enthusiasm for our many accomplishments. USF was recognized as one of the top “up-and-coming” universities, and it’s clearly evident that our national prominence is a result of the USF community’s passion.
And our partnerships continue to grow. Since my arrival in 2009, I’ve seen how the different colleges within the university work and partner together. My own research focuses on HIV prevention in adolescent girls and young women, and it truly has benefitted from hearing from many different voices. My research team had eight different disciplines represented so I understand the value of interdisciplinary research. It is my experience that the more people you get together with different perspectives, the more likely you are to get better answers to your questions. The growing inter-professional education, research and clinical initiatives at USF and the greater community is not only exciting, it is also how we can have the greatest impact on healthcare and education for the Tampa Bay Area, our nation, and the world. Partnerships build relationships and are the catalyst for positive changes. The concentration of disciplines under the USF Health umbrella allows for more innovative collaboration in education, research and patient care. Coupled with our alumni and community, we work together to identify areas of mutual need. As we move forward, we will continue exploring how people, purpose, passion and partnerships play a key role in the College of Nursing’s future success.
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing at the University of South Florida