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Rosanne Curtis '79 to Lead Mount's Five Nursing Programs

Jan. 28, 2008 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University welcomes new Dean of Nursing Rosanne Curtis to oversee one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing education programs in California.

Curtis, a 1979 college alumna and registered nurse, is a past senior project manager at Kaiser Permanente. She is a founding member of the Greater San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Area Nursing Resource Coalition, and a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders. Curtis also is a fellow in the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program. She began as nursing dean Jan. 7.

"Healthcare in America is in such disarray, and we have to ensure that we have enough nurses to serve the needs of the population," said Curtis, a resident of Porter Ranch, Calif. "We also want to have nurses who are of an excellent caliber. My experience with the Mount has been that we have always produced top-notch nursing graduates." The first baccalaureate of science in nursing program in the State of California was established at Mount Saint Mary’s University in 1949.

Curtis said one of her charges is to build on the College's longstanding reputation as a leader in nursing education. She also will work to enhance services to students and program development in the College's five nursing programs: the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program; the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program; the accelerated BSN program; the traditional Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program; and the ADN-MSN Bridge program (to start in fall 2008).

"The College is very pleased to have Dr. Curtis on board," said Jacqueline Powers Doud, president of MSMU. "She is committed to preparing nurses who have both the skills and the compassion to be exceptional professionals. She also brings great experience based on her many years in positions across the healthcare spectrum."

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