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A message from School of Nursing Dean Tara Hulsey

“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses…we must be learning all of our lives.”—Florence Nightingale

Dear School of Nursing graduates,

This is an extraordinary time for nursing. The need for experienced, skilled and talented nurses, at all levels, has never been greater. This year, we have seen our colleagues on the front lines of an unprecedented pandemic. They are rising to the challenge because, simply put, that is what nurses do.

Our faculty and students provided thousands upon thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the state. They also provided welcome conversation to those who may have been alone in their homes for quite some time, gave a gentle elbow tap to their colleagues who had worked or volunteered countless hours or simply provided an ear to listen to someone who needed support: nursing is more than just the clinical application, it is being there, in many ways, when our communities need us the most.

For our new graduates, I am sure you are anxious as to what the future holds. I am more than confident you are ready for anything that comes your way. You have had some of the best nurses in the country as your instructors and the long days and nights, the clinical shifts in person and online have prepared you well.

Congratulations on your graduation and this outstanding achievement! On behalf of the entire School of Nursing, I wish you continued success in your nursing careers. We look forward to celebrating with you your future nursing accomplishments and will continue to be proud of you as a WVU School of Nursing alumnus.


Tara Hulsey, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Dean, West Virginia University School of Nursing
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