The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing is at the forefront of the nursing sciences revolution that is transforming healthcare delivery, education, research and practice. Our stellar faculty and brilliant students are dedicated to keeping people healthy in their homes by advancing the science of compassionate integrative healthcare, fostering technological innovations and filling the need for primary care providers in underrepresented communities. We are the voices for those in need.
The endowed chairs that you establish will provide the prestige and resources necessary to recruit and retain diverse research and clinical faculty who will advance nursing science discoveries and train the next generation of nurses. We will recruit faculty experts in societally important areas, such as healthy aging, infectious diseases, mental health, emergency/urgent care, and integrative health and wellness.
Gifts for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships will help us diversify our student population and recruit students from low-income and underrepresented communities. Fellowships will attract top candidates both to our Masters Entry Program in Nursing and to our Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which educates nurses at the highest level to solve the complex physical and mental health needs of individuals and families.
Your investment will fund pilot research projects designed to keep people healthy and improve healthcare delivery. In collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, our faculty will explore the intersections of health and technological innovations and address issues such as infectious diseases, aging populations, depression in youth, the opioid crisis, pediatric pain management, care for the homeless, and integrative health.
With your partnership, we will purchase, staff and maintain state-of-the-art simulation suites devoted to neonatal and maternal-child urgent health conditions. Nursing and other health sciences students, as well as practicing nurses, will benefit from team-based, high-tech/high-touch simulation training that mimics real-world scenarios as we recreate training suites that are replicas of healthcare scenarios found in urgent care, orthopedics, maternal-child birthing units and critical care. This clinical experience realistically prepares our students to critically and compassionately care for real patients.
With your support, we will create a technological epicenter in which faculty and students use telehealth, a process that allows UCI patients to speak directly to a nurse practitioner via a monitor from their own home or satellite facility. We will expand access to care by setting up and staffing a nurse-run clinic where faculty nurse practitioners fill the need for primary care providers in high-need/low-income areas. To cultivate a diverse pipeline of healthcare professionals, we will promote outreach programs for youth regionally and nationally.