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About the School of Nursing

D'Youville Nursing students in clinical lab classroom.

Since establishing the region's first baccalaureate degree in nursing in 1942, D'Youville's Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing has been a leader in nursing education.

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing, and thank you for visiting our web page. Our School of Nursing educates nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and nurse leaders who make a difference in healthcare settings in the region and worldwide. You will find D’Youville graduates managing complex care of patients at the bedside, educating the next generation of nurses in the classroom, leading change in healthcare systems, practicing independently as nurse practitioners, and generating new knowledge through nursing research.

All of us at D’Youville welcome you to learn more about our School and the noble, rewarding nursing profession. D’Youville’s nursing faculty members are first and foremost expert nurses dedicated to teaching and mentoring our students. These amazing nurses are eager to share their professional knowledge and expertise with our students and create an engaging learning environment where students can flourish and reach their goals.

Nursing Dean Christine Verni.
Interim Dean of the School of Nursing Deborah R. Garrison, Ph.D., RN

I hope you will explore our extensive portfolio of Nursing programs, from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to the Master of Science degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. D’Youville will take you from your first nursing degree to the highest practice doctoral degree. Each of our degrees and post-master’s certificates is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2027.

The faculty and staff in the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing are dedicated to improving health equity and access to care. As we undertake this important challenge of the 21st century, it is vital to increase the diversity among the members of our community. From race to gender equity and from disadvantaged backgrounds to first-generation students, we recognize the crucial role of our School of Nursing in creating a diverse and welcoming environment to educate a diverse population of nurses in all of our healthcare settings. Our patron Saint Marguerite D’Youville calls us with the words never refuse to serve. This call aligns with The Code of Ethics for Nurses states, “The nurse … practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems” (American Nurses Association, 2001, Provision 1).

If you want to learn more about our School of Nursing, we want to connect with you. D’Youville is a special place. We encourage you to explore our website and come to campus to visit, whether you are a prospective student, a future faculty or staff member, or an alumnus. There is always something new – yet the strong D’Youville foundation remains. There is no better way to discern whether D’Youville will be a good fit for you than to come on campus, meet our faculty and staff, as well as our outstanding students. I am confident that you will be as impressed with D’Youville as I have been – it is a tremendous School of Nursing with a rich history and a bright future.

Deborah R. Garrison, Ph.D., RN

Interim Dean - Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing


 
Students watch an instructor in the Simulation Center.

Interprofessional Education

Work with other healthcare majors.

Learn in an environment that mirrors the working world with our unique Interprofessional Education and Simulation Center. Collaborate with students, learn from your peers in other healthcare majors, and gain hands-on patient-focused experience.


 
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Study Abroad

Learn and practice care around the world.

At D'Youville's core is a mission of service to those in need. Expand your education through learning and service opportunities around the globe with faculty-led Study Abroad experiences.


 

Our Campus

A compact campus in Buffalo's West Side neighborhood.

At D'Youville, you'll find everything you need on campus and you'll experience the welcoming community where we've made our home. You'll also be minutes from the bustling Allentown and Elmwood Village neighborhoods, downtown Buffalo, the Niagara River, and the Peace Bridge to Canada.