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Saint Xavier associate dean selected for Academic Nursing Program

Kay Thurn to participate in fellowship

Chicago (July 28, 2006) – Kay Thurn, associate dean for graduate nursing at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, has been selected for the highly competitive American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. 

The fellowship aims to develop and enhance the leadership skills of new and emerging administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and prepare them to accept academic leadership positions of increasing responsibility. The yearlong professional development program includes an intense educational program in August and work with a mentor throughout the year. 

“As an associate dean, Dr. Thurn demonstrates excellent administrative judgment. She seeks collaboration appropriately and provides leadership on the executive team,” said Anne R. Bavier, Ph.D., dean and professor of Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing.

Through the program, Thurn will acquire increased leadership skills as the University and School of Nursing launch new approaches to liberal arts education and interdisciplinary collaboration, while developing strategies using limited financial resources to foster and promote change. She also hopes to shape the School’s next strategic plan by evaluating the outcomes of the last three years and building on accomplishments.

“Dr. Thurn's participation in this program will broaden her perspective and expand her network of national leaders in academic nursing,” Bavier said.

Thurn, of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in nursing, and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, for which she also is a licensed practitioner. She is a certified instructor in end-of-life care, which is the focus of her clinical practice. Throughout her time at Saint Xavier, she has held various administrative and leadership positions within the School of Nursing and University. 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing almost 600 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s and graduate degree programs in nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. For more information, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu.

Saint Xavier University is a private, coeducational institution serving more than 5,700 students with high-quality academic programs. It has the oldest accredited baccalaureate nursing program in the state and graduates more African American and Hispanic nurses than any other baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Saint Xavier offers 36 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate program options in five schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Graham School of Management, School of Nursing and School of Continuing and Professional Studies. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers personalized education that emphasizes challenging undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study.


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