National Nurses Week

Letter From the Dean

Marilyn Wideman
Marilyn Wideman, DNP, RN, FAAN
Dean and Vice President, Purdue University Global School of Nursing

It is a distinct honor and pleasure for me to send National Nurses Week wishes to nurses everywhere. I am especially honored to recognize the more than 4,000 alumni and 224 faculty members—who also serve the community with innovative practices—as well as our current School of Nursing students who now number over 3,000.

Nursing is more than an occupation. You save, change, and improve lives. You serve with care and compassion. Nurses in all roles, be it direct care, researcher, educator, executive leader, nurse practitioner, or other varied nursing positions, make a difference. In a profession that can be pressure-packed in an industry that poses changing challenges, you persist and persevere.

Throughout the week, on our campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, and Maine, nursing students and faculty will be honoring nurses who work for our numerous clinical partners and provide preceptoring and mentorship to our prelicensure and graduate nursing students.

Nurses Week 2018 helps punctuate an especially eventful year for the School of Nursing, as we recently became part of the respected Purdue University system.

This year and every year, thank you, nurses. You inspire. You innovate. You influence. And you have every reason to be proud.

Celebrating Nurses Week

Celebrate National Nurses Week

The Purdue University Global School of Nursing is once again proud to participate in National Nurses Week. The annual celebration is supported and encouraged by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and runs May 6–12, 2018.

This year’s theme is "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence." We couldn’t agree more. You play a critical role in every one of our lives. And you do it every day.

We hope you’ll take the time to personally thank a fellow nurse by sharing an eCard or downloading a certificate of appreciation and passing it along. Everyone in the entire nursing community should take a collective bow. You’ve earned our respect, appreciation, and love.

“Nurses Week is a treasured opportunity for the public to celebrate the dedication of professional nurses. Throughout history, nurses have served humanity with unyielding determination and without fanfare. What a privilege it is to work at a university that celebrates and serves the interests of nurses every day. Whatever the learning platform (local or distance), whatever the delivery model (traditional or competency-based), Purdue Global equips nurses at every level of practice to engage their world and fulfill their unique mission."  

Elaina Mahlan, MSN/Ed, MSHE, RN, CNE, FCN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Faculty