Message from the Director of the School of Nursing

A Portrait of Kelley StroutWelcome to the UMaine School of Nursing. Our mission is to educate future nurses who provide high-quality, patient-centered, evidence-based, holistic care to individuals, families, communities, and society. We value excellence, self-reflection, accountability, and respect for diversity and life- long learning.

At UMaine, our faculty, staff, alumni, and students are part of a community that aims to improve populations’ health outcomes across the globe. We are committed to scientific and inclusive teaching strategies that engage learners in hands-on didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences.

Faculty at UMaine care about students’ holistic well-being through curriculum and services carefully created to support academic, socioemotional, and physical well-being. We proudly offer students evidence-based mindfulness-based stress reduction courses, massage therapy, physical fitness, a wellness room, and many more interventions to promote resilience and well-being. At UMaine, we aim to graduate an academically competent registered nurse who demonstrates resilience and commitment to self-care.

We are proud to be part of the State of Maine’s land and Sea Grant institution and the flagship campus of the University of Maine System. We offer a vibrant and diverse campus and community with integrated teaching, research, and community service. UMaine aims to improve the quality of life for people in Maine and around the world. As the state’s only research university, students have opportunities to create new knowledge alongside faculty representing various disciplines.

UMaine School of Nursing is situated in the center of Maine. We work collaboratively with healthcare partners across the state, which provides our students access to experiential clinical learning at nationally-ranked acute care facilities. Our students also train in primary care health centers, jails, schools, homeless healthcare centers, and other community-based settings.

The State of Maine and the nation face a growing shortage of nurses while the healthcare system faces many challenges. Healthcare and the nursing profession need resilient, professional, passionate nurses who will act as leaders committed to their well-being, generating new ideas, and applying evidence-based care. We are committed to educating the next generation of nurses prepared to face these challenges, and we hope you will join us.


Kelley Strout, Ph.D., RN Director, Associate Professor