Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Returning to the Halls of Ivy

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Returning to the Halls of Ivy

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As some of you know, I have taken another administrative job at Chicago State University where I am pleased to serve as assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences. On my first day, a friend called just before I left for work and I told her that I had a new job to which she succinctly replied, "How many does that make now, Sallie?" I guess I have never been one to count the number of hats I wear - perhaps because I don't usually have the time.

Chicago State University is a medium-size urban institution located in south Chicago having started out as a teacher's college in 1867. As the complexion of the neighborhood changed, so did the student body, which now numbers close to 8,400 students, 95% of whom are African American. Although we qualify as a historically Black institution, we are not viewed as one because our origins were not so. Needless to say, I consider it a privilege to work with large numbers of Black students again.

Serving as assistant dean is giving me a new perspective of health care professionals as a non-homogenous group, which includes nurses and nursing. As a nurse - working as a nurse, teaching as a nurse - I have always looked at the health care system solely from a nursing point of view. That is to say, "What is good for nursing is good for the health care system." I now believe this to be a rather myopic point of view and feel that nursing and the health care system can greatly benefit from the cohesive actions of all of the health care professions. …

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