Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN - Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing

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Welcome to the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON). Established in 1973, KCON has a rich history of successful innovations in nursing education provided in a supportive environment that is infused with positive energy and excitement.

In 2009, the first cohort of students was admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Transforming health care delivery requires clinicians who can design, evaluate, and continuously improve the context within which care is delivered. Front line advance practice nurses prepared at the doctoral level with a blend of clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills are able to critique nursing and other clinical models, and design programs of care delivery which impact health outcomes.  Our Masters in Nursing degree program prepares graduates for the Clinical Nurse Leader role.  Today’s health care environment demands improved ways to coordinate care across the continuum of health care service, improved patient safety, effective and efficient care in a fiscally responsible manner, and innovative methods to achieve these goals. The CNL role is a key partner in addressing these challenges.  Our Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares graduates to become registered nurses, using an innovative concept based curriculum with a strong community health foundation integrated across all courses.

The website provides various links that will allow you to quickly see the additional program opportunities KCON has to offer and be introduced to our faculty and staff, as well as to members of our Alumni and Advisory Boards. You will find relevant information on the many ways the College is contributing to the nursing profession through education, practice, service, and research. Whether you are thinking about nursing as a career choice, you are an experienced nurse considering advanced education, or you are contemplating being part of our faculty or staff, KCON is the place where your career ambitions can become reality.

We are currently faced with the challenge of a rapidly changing healthcare delivery system that demands critical thinking and creative solutions. Therefore, our educational goals are broad. Along with strong, evidence-based knowledge and bedside skills, students are learning professionalism, effective communication, cultural awareness, systems leadership for quality care, and health policy and regulation content. Clinical practice occurs in acute care settings, ambulatory care, and the community; learning experiences are with individuals across the lifespan. Interdisciplinary teamwork is stressed in order to produce patient centered outcomes.  The College of Nursing faculty are highly committed to the development of new knowledge and the translation of research findings to the bedside and community.

Our academic nurse managed center (ANMC) provides care to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Faculty and students practice in the setting along with the center's advanced practice nurses and staff. The ANMC is a focal point for clinical experiences for our DNP students. Research in this environment informs nursing practice and education. The ANMC is part of a national network of nursing centers that share expertise and data to support this mission.

As the Dean for the College of Nursing, I am committed to excellence. It is my goal to maintain a setting where every member of the school community can be successful, and a welcoming and supportive environment is sustained. Please share in the unique opportunities that can be yours at the Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing -- we hope you visit us soon!

Page last modified September 27, 2016