With the growth in the healthcare industry, it is likely that many college graduates will work in healthcare at some point in their careers, whether in direct services, marketing, business, communica- tions, biotechnology, information services, or education. To ensure they are prepared, School of Nursing Dean Lynn Babington and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robbin Crabtree co-chaired the Integrating Nursing and Health Science Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to give students the opportunity to increase their understanding of the healthcare sector, develop basic health literacy and the skills to work effectively on teams by developing courses and programs across the disciplines.
The initiative leverages the University’s strengths in nursing education; facilitates innovative links with business, engineering, graduate education, social sciences, and humanities; and demonstrates Fairfield’s commitment to cross-school collaboration in teaching, research, and practice. Plans are also underway for much-needed additional space for the expanded nursing program. Newman & RDG was chosen as the architectural firm, and Gilbane as the construction management group. Funds for the renovation are currently being raised.