M. Louise Fitzpatrick

College of Nursing

WHY VILLANOVA NURSING?

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We innovate and educate. We build nursing science that informs practice. We live and breathe Villanova University's Augustinian values in our approach to nursing as a profession, mission and healing ministry in a diverse society.

You will graduate ready to care, research, teach, advocate and discover. As you graduate you will enhance a powerful, compassionate alumni network whose members serve the vulnerable, think globally and lead.

We make personalized investments in you—whether you're new to nursing or more seasoned in your career. You will be challenged in an integrated way to be an independent thinker and problem solver, a nurse who contributes to the profession and promotes health for patients and populations. You will collaborate with faculty experts and have access to superior clinical and teaching resources in Driscoll Hall and around the globe. Because we are committed to creating unique and compelling opportunities for you to learn and advance, we are consistently honored by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE

BACHELOR'S

Choose your path to earning your BSN, including a traditional 4-year and second-degree options.

MASTER'S

Partner with faculty experts as you pursue an advanced degree to become a nurse practitioner or nurse educator.

DOCTORAL

Lead, research, educate and innovate with a Post-Master's DNP, Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Anesthesia DNP, or PhD.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Advance professionally through innovative educational experiences.

CENTERS

Focus on critical topics, research skill, multidisciplinary partnerships and a community-minded approach to improve the quality of life for all.

RESEARCH

Look beyond problems and discover solutions through research focused on improving clinical practice and health care delivery.

ENGAGE WITH US

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EVENTS

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DIVERSE CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

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NURSING SCIENCE & PRACTICE

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DEAN DONNA S. HAVENS

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CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
IN NURSING EDUCATION

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GLOBAL HEALTH

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FACULTY MENTORS

FAST FACTS

$64,588

AVERAGE UNDERGRADUATE STARTING SALARY

  

97.4%

SUCCESSFUL UNDERGRADUATE PLACEMENT RATE

  

9,211

ALUMNI WORLDWIDE

  

5

CONSECUTIVE DESIGNATIONS AS
NLN CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

  

87

PhD GRADUATES SINCE 2008

  

13

GLOBAL HEALTH SITES

  

IGNITING CHANGE

EDUCATORS. SCHOLARS. MENTORS.

NEWS

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Villanova Nursing Honors Research Legend Dr. Patricia Grady with M. Louise Fitzpatrick Award for Transformative Leadership

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) legend Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN is the second recipient of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick Award for Transformative Leadership. Dean Donna S. Havens presented the award to Dr. Grady, an internationally recognized nurse researcher and neuroscientist. She is director emeritus, NINR, National Institutes of Health, and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.

 

 

NOVEMBER 16, 2019

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Nursing and medical students participate in mock code simulation.

Collaborating with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for Interprofessional Education

Patient safety and interprofessional coordination and communication is enhanced as nursing, medicine and psychology students join in mock code simulations to drive cross-discipline understanding and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

NOVEMBER 1, 2019

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Students hold posters as they advocate for health at Philadelphia's City Hall

Advocating for Children and Families as an IBC Summer Intern

"I had the opportunity to work in the field of public health and home visiting nursing in the Philadelphia area. This experience educated me about the importance of caring for our community in different ways..."

 

OCTOBER 31, 2019

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PhD Student and Faculty Co-Author Call to Action About Effects of Preterm Birth

Patricia Griffith, PhD student, and Dr. Michelle Kelly, assistant professor, conducted an umbrella review of outcomes of adolescents and adults born preterm and call for health care providers to recognize the associated lifelong risk. 

DECEMBER 15, 2019

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