A New Dean for the Future

Lynn Babington, Ph.D., has been named the new dean of the University’s School of Nursing. She has held numerous leadership positions at Northeastern University in Boston and has a background in serving vulnerable populations.

Before coming to Fairfield, Dr. Babington led the development of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Northeastern and served as its first director. Before joining Northeastern, she founded the Health Services Partnership to provide medical management services to community health centers in Boston, Mass.

“Fairfield has a very strong faculty, all leaders in their respective fields and extremely committed to both education and following the Jesuit mission of providing services to the community,” noted Dr. Babington. She cited the School’s ongoing commitments to the Bridgeport Health Center, the programs in Nicaragua, and the national recognition Fairfield received as one of the first schools to receive the VA Academy grant.

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  • Dr. Eileen O’Shea, assistant professor of nursing, was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Education Award by the Society of Pediatric Nurses Awards Task Force. Dr. O’Shea is pediatric course coordinator in the School of Nursing and also a clinical instructor at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.
  • The Nurse Anesthesia Program admitted the first Doctorate of Nursing Practice cohort of 11 students in May 2012. The final cohort of MSN nurse anesthesia students was admitted in January 2011. This successful transition of all nurse anesthesia students to the DNP program is one of seven in the country.
  • SON hosted the Connecticut State Sigma Theta Tau International All Chapter Collaborative Research Day, under the direction of Mu Chi Chapter President, Dr. Alison Kris. The keynote speaker was Dana Weinberg, author of Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing.
  • SON completed its first year as part of the Center of Excellence Grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The $1 million grant for Fairfield University and VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven is one of only five awards given to work on interdisciplinary education. Dr. Jacqueline Conelius spearheads the initiative.