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A Message from Dean Judy Beal:

Dear SNHS friends,

I have always loved fall the most of all of the seasons. Going back to school has always had such great memories… a new crayon box, new clothes, seeing old friends, and, of course, starting the new school year. I still see it this way even now. For me, September 1 is the New Year, and instead of New Year's resolutions, I like to reflect on those things for which I am most grateful. It is a common Buddhist belief that gratitude leads to happiness, which always bodes well for the start of new school year.

This fall, I am grateful first and foremost for the birth of my healthy now six month old grandchild, Brady Raymond Beal. Beyond that I am grateful for:

  • A re-built and stronger than ever Department of Physical Therapy which has a new chair, Dr. Amy Heath, and 3.5 full-time equivalent new faculty members
  • A brilliant, dedicated, and committed SNHS faculty and staff who put students first every day
  • A robust student body of strong students and emerging leaders
  • The leadership SNHS students took on making Simmons Tobacco Free in less than one year
  • Our partnership with 2U that has resulted in 700+ Nursing@Simmons students in 43 states
  • Our opportunities to expand our programming internationally in Bangladesh and Israel
  • A $3.1 million dollar gift from an alumna (who wishes to remain anonymous at this time) to offer our Nursing@Simmons family nurse practitioner master's program to 20 Israeli nurses
  • The generosity of another Simmons NP graduate (Alison Chase) whose philanthropy has allowed SNHS to partner with medical schools at Harvard, Tufts, and Dartmouth to advance inter-professional learning opportunities for our students
  • The opportunity to continue to lead SNHS – an exceptional community of scholars, leaders, and clinicians who are dedicated to improving health care delivery

GRATITUDE leads to happiness, and I wish you all much happiness for this coming year!


Judy BealDean Judy Beal

Judy A. Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP,FAAN
Dean School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor of Nursing
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow 2008-2011
Simmons College


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