Message from the Dean
How wonderful to be back at UTEP again! Having served twelve years as the Dean of the College of Health Sciences which included Nursing as the largest component, I was happy to be asked to serve as Interim Dean for the School of Nursing. It has been like coming home again.
While many things have changed over the period since my retirement, many things have remained the same. The current SON building was on the drawing board when I left so it is gratifying to see it completed. The Simulation Lab and the Biomedical Research Laboratory are two examples of this outstanding facility. A few new programs have been added at the master’s level as well as the DNP program. Offering the graduate program 100% on-line is also new. One of the greatest changes in my opinion has been the movement from the traditional two academic semesters to a tri-semester format resulting in greater numbers of nurses being prepared at all levels. What has not changed, however, is the high quality of nursing education being offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Another aspect that has not changed is the quality of the faculty members engaged in teaching and advising students. Their content knowledge, their expertise in effective teaching, and their dedication to the SON and UTEP make contributions beyond measure.
One of the most important constants of all, is our response and collaboration with the El Paso community. As a border community, our challenges have been unique in many aspects. Of major concern to those of us in the health care fields has been not only identifying health care needs but also planning, implementing, and evaluating ways to meet those needs. The UTEP School of Nursing evolved over 40 years ago. It was built upon a program developed by the Hotel Dieu Hospital School of Nursing. That movement from a diploma school to a baccalaureate program began the modern development of the nursing profession in El Paso. UTEP’s School of Nursing is recognized today for excellence not only locally, but also in the State of Texas and nationally. What a wonderful “ride” it has been to be a part of the continuing evolution of Nursing at UTEP. I am very happy to be able to continue that “ride.”
Nursing, the Caring Profession; UTEP, the Caring University; El Paso, the place to be.
Patricia T. Castiglia, PhD, RN, FAAN