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Winter 2003 | Volume 26, Number 1 | Campus
Past Meets Present With the Newly
Christened Lydia Green Nursing Program

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 (SHS), 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 academic institutions.

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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