About Us

Welcome to the UMaine School of Nursing!

We are thrilled to have you join our community, where we are dedicated to cultivating a courageous and inclusive environment for professionals who strive for excellence in education, research, and public service. Our mission is to educate nurses and advance rigorous and effective academic programs to foster a diverse and resilient nursing workforce.

Before we begin, it is important to acknowledge the land on which we gather. The University of Maine is located on Marsh Island in the traditional territories of the Penobscot Nation. We recognize and honor the enduring presence and contributions of the Penobscot Nation and other Indigenous peoples who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. To learn more about the University’s land acknowledgment, please visit UMaine Land Acknowledgement.

A portrait of Kelley Strout

You will find a dedicated team of faculty, staff, and students within our School. Together, we foster a sense of belonging and connection inside and outside the classroom. Our faculty actively engage in Getting to Know You Surveys with students better to understand each unique learner’s strengths and contributions. Additionally, we organize various events such as 5K run/walks, community dinners, and casual social gatherings in our facilities, all promoting resilience and strengthening our bonds.

Creativity and innovation are highly valued at UMaine Nursing. Our faculty and students embark on global journeys to places like Tanzania and Costa Rica, immersing themselves in different cultures while providing much-needed care to those in need. Moreover, we actively research to explore new ideas and strategies in various areas, including teaching and learning, well-being, diversity, genomics, climate change, and aging.

Accountability is a core value for us, and we hold ourselves and our team to high standards in teaching excellence, research, and clinical practice. Our expectations are clearly outlined and reported, ensuring transparency and quality. Faculty members receive extensive mentoring, support, and continuous education to deliver an academic experience that aligns with the best available evidence in teaching and learning. Our staff members play a vital role in supporting teaching and research, making them indispensable team members. Students, too, are held to high academic and professional expectations, including honesty, integrity, and professionalism. We provide resources such as peer tutoring, mentoring, mindfulness practices, and rubrics to support their success.

As part of the State of Maine’s Land and Sea Grant institution and the flagship campus of the University of Maine System, we take pride in our vibrant and diverse campus and community. We integrate teaching, research, and community service to improve the quality of life for people in Maine and worldwide. Being the state’s only research university, we offer unique opportunities for students to participate in creating new knowledge alongside faculty members from various disciplines.

Located in the heart of Maine, the UMaine School of Nursing collaborates closely with healthcare partners across the state. This collaboration grants our students access to experiential clinical learning at nationally-ranked acute care facilities. Our students also gain valuable training in primary care health centers, jails, schools, homeless healthcare centers, and other community-based settings.

As Maine and the nation face a growing shortage of nurses and numerous challenges within the healthcare system, it is crucial to have professional and passionate nurses who can act as leaders committed to generating new ideas and applying evidence-based care. We are dedicated to educating the next generation of nurses prepared to face these challenges head-on.  Once again, welcome to the UMaine School of Nursing. Together, let’s make a difference in healthcare and transform lives through compassionate and skilled nursing practice.


Kelley Strout, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor, Director

UMaine School of Nursing