We are at an unprecedented time in our history as nurses, as members of our community and our world, and as leaders. The Year 2020 opened with great promise as the World Health Organization launched the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. It also brought the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report, highlighting the intense need to commit more resources to the growth and continued excellence of our profession. Moreover, COVID-19 forced us to pivot and re-evaluate what the MEPN program would look like as we began the 2020-2021 academic year.
With every challenge comes an opportunity. As such, USD will continue to build a nursing workforce that can withstand the ever-increasing demands for care as world populations live longer, have increasing chronic health issues, and exposure to pandemics.
MEPN Class of 2022 was welcomed on campus to begin their journey into nursing, albeit small groups wearing face coverings, and practicing social distancing.
Congratulations Class of 2022. We look forward to sharing this journey with all of you.