The Dean’s Farewell Message
This is my last message as the Dean of the Elms College School of Nursing as I move on to retirement. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the School of Nursing for the past 18 years. Concluding my deanship fills me with gratitude, pride….and yes, a bit of sadness in leaving the many faculty, staff, students, and college leadership that contributed to the most wonderful and important years of my career.
Since 2003, when I came to the School of Nursing as the Director of a small baccalaureate nursing program there has been significant change and growth as we aspired to meet the needs of our community. Building on the Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN), we added an array of nursing programs to include Accelerated Baccalaureate (BSN), RN to BSN degree completion (BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the MSN and Master of Business Administration dual degree (MSN/MBA), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate. Elms College and the School of Nursing is truly an outstanding choice for high school or second-degree students seeking undergraduate nursing or a nurse seeking a degree that supports preparation for the many career opportunities in nursing today.
I am confidently leaving the School of Nursing in an excellent position. We continue to fill our classes with highly qualified applicants, our NCLEX pass rate is above the national average, and job placement of our graduates across all programs remains strong. It is with pride that I report that in the U.S. News & World Report’s new list for 2022, Undergraduate Nursing Programs, the Elms College School of Nursing ranked in the top 41 percent of nursing schools across the country, ranking number 288 out of 694 schools. Elms was the second top-ranked nursing school from western Massachusetts on the list, and overall, it was the tenth nursing school from Massachusetts.
I have been privileged to work with nursing faculty who epitomize professional nursing and have shared my belief in the potential of nurses and nursing to make a difference in the future of healthcare and the lives of patients and their families. The faculty brings their knowledge and vast clinical experience to our students with great passion and commitment to always fulfill our promise—that each and every student receives the highest quality nursing education.
It is with great enthusiasm that we look forward to a new Dean of the School of Nursing as the college pursues the search. We are fortunate to have Dr. Teresa Kuta Reske serving as interim dean. Dr. Reske is a key leader in the School of Nursing as the associate dean of Graduate Studies and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Deana Nunes as interim associate dean of Undergraduate Nursing and Kathy Pont, director of the Second Degree Accelerated and Undergraduate Nursing round out the leadership team with their combined talent and expertise.
With deep gratitude, I thank the college administration, college-wide faculty and staff and our community and clinical partners for their endless support in more ways than I could list. However, when I think about the many to thank, by far my most profound gratitude is for our students who give us their confidence and commitment. I am so very proud of our nursing students and graduates who never cease to inspire and amaze me through their leadership, compassion, social engagement and most importantly, their impact on the care of patients and families. After all, that is why our graduates are known far and wide as an “Elms Nurse”.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Kathleen B. Scoble, Ed.D., M.Ed., M.A., RN
Dean, School of Nursing (2003-2021)
Dean Emeritus, Elms College, 2021