4/27/20 | 9:30 a.m. | Letter from Dr. Breslin

Dear Students,

I want to express my sincere thanks for your patience and dedication throughout the academic year. The focus you have maintained on achieving your ultimate career goals is simply inspiring. Our academic deans and leadership at UT Health San Antonio are actively addressing the needs of our undergraduate and graduate students to keep you on your career path. We are focused on maintaining the standards of excellence in academic nursing for which our university is known.

As you continue to study remotely and prepare for either your next semester or for graduation, I would like to share some exciting news about our national rankings. Over the past three years, the School of Nursing’s MSN program has moved up in rankings to #55, which is in the top 9% of MSN programs. Our DNP is now ranked #58, which is in the top 18% of DNP programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report. This reflects the passion and commitment of our school, our faculty, our students and our alumni whose dedication to excellence is building our reputation and raising the standard of excellence in nursing.

We did plan to hold a town hall; however, we want to make sure we have the right technology in place before we can do so. The growing threat of cybersecurity issues presented a challenge to doing in such a short period of time. I plan to hold multiple town halls this summer to engage with you. In the meantime, we ask that you complete the attached survey, submitting your specific questions, and we will provide detailed responses.

The School of Nursing will communicate the timeline and planned phases for your transition back to campus and clinicals. We ask that you check your emails in Canvas and Live Mail daily for updates. Please feel free to reach out directly to your academic deans, Dr. Sara Gill and Dr. Cynthia O’Neal.

Also, for your safety we will make a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training available (in Canvas) to support a safe environment as you return to clinical rotations at community agencies and health care partners who are also preparing for your return. This training is mandatory as you prepare to enter the clinical environment.

Our university continues to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations for screening and testing of all who enter our campus. Please be assured that we are planning for your safe return to campus.

Again, please take a moment to complete this survey and submit your questions. We will respond within three business days. (Take survey)

We have also included a link to an inspirational video from Johns Hopkins that shares the spirit of a nurse. (Watch video)

Thank you again for your dedication to nursing. Thank you for choosing to be part of a profession that is making an impact in health care and changing the world.


Eileen Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing

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