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Greetings from the Director

Welcome to the University of Maine School of Nursing! If you are exploring your options for nursing education or if you are a University of Maine nursing student or graduate, I hope you find that the School’s webpage is informative and that it provides a way to stay connected with the School of Nursing.

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni take pride in the excellent reputation of the School of Nursing programs. Graduates of the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program perform well on the post-graduation national licensure examination (NCLEX) and move along to rewarding careers in nursing.  They are prepared to take advantage of opportunities in new clinical arenas, take on leadership roles, and to pursue graduate education.  Our RN-Studies program provides a means for Registered Nurses to achieve their B.S.N. or M.S.N. through a flexible study plan with many distance-learning options.

Graduates of our Master’s program for family nurse practitioners excel on national certification examinations. You will find over 140 University of Maine family nurse practitioners in rural primary care settings and in specialty practices throughout Maine.  An individualized-MSN option is available for nurses who wish to focus on the role of educator, administrator, or other professional role. Graduates of the I-MSN program have moved into faculty positions in Maine’s nursing programs and in staff education departments of hospitals; others have moved into administrative leadership positions.

A Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program was launched in 2012. This 3-course (10-credits) program prepares expert nurse clinicians for the role of educator, particularly as clinical and laboratory instructors in associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs and as staff educators in clinical agencies.

Feedback from employers of U.M. B.S.N. and M.S.N. graduates includes comments on the exceptional preparation for complex nursing care, the degree of professionalism, and the commitment to lifelong learning shown by University of Maine nurses. Links to detailed information about the traditional B.S.N., RN-Studies, M.S.N., and the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education programs are located on the School of Nursing homepage.

University of Maine nursing students benefit from faculty who are expert nurses in their areas of specialization in addition to being skilled educators and scholars. In the classroom, practice laboratories, and in clinical settings, students are challenged to base their nursing care upon the best available evidence and to critically analyze their practice, always striving for optimal outcomes for patients, families, and communities.  Please link to the “Meet the Faculty” section to learn more about the faculty’s diverse areas of interest.

The School’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides a state-of-the-art environment for mastery of complex nursing knowledge and skills. The LRC includes modern hospital equipment, life-like mannequins, and a patient simulator (“Susie”® by Gaumard) that fosters students’ skill and confidence in the development of therapeutic relationships and in the provision of safe patient care prior to their direct-care experiences in clinical agencies.

The University of Maine offers outstanding academic, civic, and recreational opportunities for students. As examples:

In addition to enjoying all that the University has to offer, the quality of life in Maine suits anyone who enjoys the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of this region. Mountains, rivers, lakes, and the coast are all close at hand.

Can you tell that I am enthusiastic about the University of Maine School of Nursing?  I invite prospective students to explore our website for more program information — and please contact us with questions. I invite alumni to stay in touch with the School of Nursing through the website (News and Events) and through email.  Please share your career developments with us!

Best wishes,

Nancy Fishwick, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Director and Associate Professor
University of Maine
School of Nursing



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Contact Information

School of Nursing
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5724
Phone: (207) 581-2592 | Fax: (207) 581-2585E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System