New Dean of Nursing and Health Professions Joins SCF

(Bradenton, Fla., July 13, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has hired a new dean of nursing and health professions with experience in research, community outreach and corporate partnerships. Roseanne Fairchild joined SCF June 19 from Indiana State University, where she was the director of the doctor of nursing practice.

Fairchild was interested in coming to SCF because of the nursing school’s reputation and student performance. She cited the student-centered learning and community engagement. She wants to keep the focus on students while finding ways to provide even more opportunities for them.

“I really appreciate the College’s drive for excellence,” she said.

She also was attracted by the president’s strategic plan. She said she is passionate about outreach and giving back to the community. She was impressed with SCF’s dental hygiene clinic, which is open to the public, and sees a lot more opportunities for community engagement, including potential for a wellness clinic. Fairchild said the nursing department’s study abroad program goes to the heart of community health services and learning.

In Indiana, Fairchild was involved in research in urban and rural health services and wants to continue her research at the College and in the community.  She is particularly interested in testing ways to improve access to and quality of care in rural areas. She also was an associate professor and director of nursing practice and graduate nursing administration at Indiana State University.

“I look forward to meeting with community stakeholders to hear more about the most pressing health care needs in our region,” she said. Her goal is to find opportunities to have SCF and its students work collaboratively with other programs to decrease disparities, increase access to health care and find innovative ways to improve care.

“Academic-practice partnerships are important to help our students learn how to effectively serve patients and families in surrounding communities utilizing evidence-based practice and community-based, participatory research,” she added.

Fairchild received her Ph. D. in Health Systems Research and Leadership and her Master of Nursing in Nursing Administration with a higher education focus from Indiana University School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies from Butler University.

For more information, contact or 941-363-7267.

Roseanne Fairchild

Roseanne Fairchild

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