School of Nursing Dean Inez Tuck Receives Excellence in Nursing Education Award

February 16, 2018
Inez Tuck along with MGH Institute colleagues

Dean Tuck (seated, center) with MGH Institute colleagues at the February 9 event.

Inez Tuck, PhD, MBA, MDiv, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions, has received a 2018 Excellence in Nursing Education Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association.

Dr. Tuck, who since 2016 has led the nursing program at the Boston graduate school, was recognized for her history of innovation and vision that has marked her 35-year career as a nurse, as a nurse educator, and nursing education leader.

“It is humbling to be recognized for my leadership by an organization whose goal is to increase the number of African American nurses in the workforce and help to determine the health care needs of African Americans throughout New England,” said Dr. Tuck, adding that the organization was formed by E. Lorraine Baugh, an Honorary Trustee at the MGH Institute who was the first chair of the school’s Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Tuck is a transformational leader who embraces transparency, collaboration and clear, consistent communication,” said Patricia Lussier-Duynstee, assistant nursing dean at the MGH Institute. “Her vision for improving nursing education, aligning education with practice, creating and maintaining a safe environment for student learning, and developing faculty and staff to realize professional goals while impacting the future of nursing through nursing education is realized in her multi-focused work.”

Among Dr. Tuck’s initiatives are improving student advisement, creating a safer environment for all students to learn and share their voices, and leading the advancement of the Boston graduate school’s interprofessional education goals. She also provides insights on best practices in education to meet the needs of students from underrepresented minorities, and spearheads and facilitates faculty development to meet the goals of inclusion and equity in education.

Dr. Tuck is a member of the American Nurses’ Association, the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International and is faculty for the NLN Leadership Program. She was recently inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, evidence of her leadership in promoting nursing and aligning nursing education with current practice and future vision.

She has received extensive grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and HRSA. Additionally, she has served on several national and regional nursing leadership committees and boards. Her publication list includes dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals, two books, and several monographs and book chapters. 

Dr. Tuck has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University-Greensboro, a Master of Nursing from the University of Florida-Gainesville, a PhD from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University.