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June 02, 2010


Less than 24 hours.

That was all it took for Laurie Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, to confirm she made the right decision to become the new Dean at the MGH Institute School of Nursing.

“The commitment, energy, and ideas that people have already brought forward are amazing,” said Dean Lauzon Clabo as she sat in her new office on the second floor of the Catherine Filene Shouse academic building. “It shows just how much the faculty is committed to educating advanced practice nurses who will lead the next generation of our profession.”

Dr. Lauzon Clabo, who started on June 1, arrives from the University of Rhode Island, where most recently she was Associate Dean of the College of Nursing.  
She joins Boston’s Health Sciences Graduate School at a time of unprecedented growth at its School of Nursing. Just last month, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program welcomed 105 students – more than double the 46 students who entered the program when it was launched in 2008.

Last year, the Institute was one of the first four schools in the country to have its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program accredited, while the school also created the DNP for Nurse Executives for busy nurse leaders to develop the knowledge and skills essential to current practice in these demanding roles.

The direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing, in which students learn to become a nurse practitioner (NP) or clinical nurse specialist (CNS), is ranked in the Top 10% of programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

“The MGH Institute is only 33 years old, which is relatively young, but the depth and reputation of its programs are outstanding,” Dean Lauzon Clabo noted.

She plans to spend much of the summer soliciting input from faculty, students, alumni, and leaders throughout Partners HealthCare as she settles into her new position.

“I want to learn what people say we’re doing well, and what they think we can do even better,” she said. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with colleagues in the School of Nursing and across the Institute to maintain our reputation of excellence as we expand our capacity in scholarship, teaching, and service to best meet the needs of our students and the community.”

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