| Past Meets Present With the Newly
Christened Lydia Green Nursing Program
WITH A NATIONAL nursing shortage at an
all-time high, the profession is facing some
critical challenges: a shrinking pipeline of
incoming nurses, a national decline in
nursing program enrollment and the
impending retirement of existing nurses.
Lucille Kelley, dean of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Health Sciences
is following the trends closely.
“One of the things I try to do is keep an eye
on the future of health care,” says
Kelley. “For me, the question is: Who will
lead nurses in this time of shortage?”
As focused as she is on the future, Kelley
hasn’t forgotten about the nursing
program’s past. When Lydia Green Hall was torn down to make way for the new science
facility, Kelley and the SHS faculty proposed a name transfer for the nursing
program. In honor of Lydia Green,
founding dean of Seattle Pacific’s School
of Nursing, the program’s official title is now the Lydia Green Nursing Program.
An open house and reception was held in November to celebrate the name transfer.
Like Green, Kelley recognizes the
importance of nurse leaders in addressing community health care needs,
and she has
committed the SPU nursing program to
promoting such leadership in the region.
The dean recently co-founded the Pacific
Northwest Leadership Institute, a consortium
of health care agencies and
This new initiative, which operates in
coordination with the Northwest Organization
of Nurse Executives, is a marriage
of service and education that is the first of
its kind in Washington and Oregon. Bringing
together nurse executives and educators
to discuss how best to promote leadership
within the profession is just one element
of the program. The discussion led to a two year
series of noncredit courses that promote
leadership skill development among
current and future nurse managers.
“The Institute is a step in developing, promoting and encouraging nurse leaders
who will respond effectively to current
and future challenges,” says Kelley. “I believe this is one more way SPU’s School
of Health Sciences is continuing the tradition of leadership begun by Lydia Green
a half century ago.”
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