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UW School of Nursing Top-Ranked for Unprecedented 27 Years

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Date:    March 18, 2011

UW School of Nursing Top-Ranked in US News and World Report for Unprecedented 27 Years

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SEATTLE—The University of Washington School of Nursing again has been ranked first among nursing schools in the country, according to rankings of 464 schools of nursing provided this week by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Nursing has the distinction of holding this ranking for 27 years without interruption and this year was joined in this top ranking by two privately funded universities, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Several nursing specialty programs within the school have also held top positions since the U.S. News & World Report began these rankings. Of the eight nursing specialties included in the rankings, the UW School of Nursing this year again received a first-place ranking for the graduate program in community and public health nursing. This program prepares nurses for leadership roles in agencies and programs aimed at promoting and protecting health and preventing disease in vulnerable populations. Four other specialty options received rankings in the top 10, with adult nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner specialties ranked No. 2, pediatric nurse practitioner No. 3, and psychiatric/mental health clinical No. 9. The nurse midwifery specialty was ranked 11th among peer programs.

“This very special recognition reflects the exceptional quality and commitment of our faculty, staff and students,” said Dean Marla Salmon. “However, being No. 1 carries with it the deep responsibility for improving health and advancing nursing’s capacity to meet the health care needs of the public. We are dedicated to this purpose and will continue in this very important work."

The UW School of Nursing is also consistently among the nation’s top three schools of nursing in funded research, reflecting a strong commitment to finding better ways to improve health and nursing services. The rare combination of excellence in both education and research has contributed to a continuous record of exemplary contributions to the health of the people of Washington, the United States and beyond.

“UW nurses are all about making real differences in the lives of people,” says Dean Marla Salmon. “Whether faculty, graduates, or students, this deep commitment can be seen in virtually every setting, including community clinics, public agencies, schools and nursing homes, in industry, military hospitals  and installations here and abroad, and in private practice. They also shape the future every day through their innovation and leadership. Given the enormous health challenges that this nation faces today and in the future, we are proud to be so well positioned to be of service. 

We deeply appreciate the recognition of our peers and are proud to share this recognition with other high quality programs.”

About the UW School of Nursing

Founded in 1922, the University of Washington, School of Nursing plays a major national and international leadership role in the advancement of nursing research, education and practice. The school’s three departments offer undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral educational programs to 600 students and fellows. The school’s faculty and students engage in both basic and translational research focused on a broad range of topics ranging from cellular and genetic processes to health systems and global health. In addition, the school’s faculty and students engage in extensive service and clinical practice that has direct benefit to patients, families, and the community.