21st Century: 90 Years of Nursing and Beyond
The Yale School of Nursing will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023. As of 2016, the Yale School of Nursing was ranked the #1 most selective nursing school and #6 peer-ranked nursing school by the U.S. News & World Report, and is in the top 10 nursing schools overall.
The Yale School of Nursing currently offers four programs of study: the Graduate Entry Prespeciality in Nursing (GEPN) program, which is a three-year course of graduate nursing study with no prerequisites that combines preparation in basic nursing with advanced preparation in a clinical specialty; the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a curriculum for RN entrants designed to prepare students for advanced practice and roles as clinician-scholars; the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, which is designed to prepare nurse scientists to conduct cutting-edge research linking theory and clinical practice; and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which is for mid-career nurses focused on innovation in management, policy, and leadership.
Margaret Jane Grey, Ninth Dean of Yale School of Nursing, 2005-2015
Second Annie W. Goodrich Professor of Nursing
Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, was the ninth Dean of the Yale School of Nursing and is the School’s Annie W. Goodrich Professor of Nursing. She also holds an appointment as Professor of Pediatrics and serves as a Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Previously she held progressive academic and administrative appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSN in pediatric nursing from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Public Health and social psychology from Columbia University.
Dr. Grey is the author of over 340 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts and has received numerous regional, national, and international honors for her research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2005 and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2014. She is the recipient of the Richard R. Rubin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Behavioral Medicine from the American Diabetes Association, the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, among many others. She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1990.
Finding a New Home on West Campus
In 2013, the School of Nursing relocated to its current home at 400 West Campus Drive in Orange, CT. "The new YSN building at West Campus enhances our ability to prepare future leaders of nursing, clinicians, researchers, and scholars by virtue of the state-of-the-art facilities built specifically for 21st-century graduate nursing education," said Dean Margaret Grey in 2013. "We are extremely grateful to the Yale Facilities Planning and Construction team and all of the people involved in transforming this beautiful place in time for the fall semester."
Ann Kurth, Tenth Dean of Yale School of Nursing, 2016-present
Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN is the current Dean of the Yale School of Nursing as well as the first Linda Koch Lorimer Professor of Nursing. Dr. Kurth is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) and a member of the 2014-2018 US Preventive Services Task Force, which sets screening and primary care prevention guidelines for the United States. Dr. Kurth is vice chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
An epidemiologist and clinically-trained nurse-midwife, Dr. Kurth’s research focuses on HIV/reproductive health and global health system strengthening. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the United States and internationally. Dr. Kurth has consulted for the NIH, Gates Foundation, WHO, USAID and CDC, among others.
Dr. Kurth has published over 175 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs and presented at hundreds of scientific conferences and invited talks. Dr. Kurth has received awards for her science and leadership including the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Ada Sue Hinshaw Research Award and the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award from Sigma Theta Tau International.
Yale School of Nursing Class of 2018
This year, 114 Yale School of Nursing graduates received nursing degrees at Yale's 317th Commencement: 3 received PhDs in nursing, 14 became Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), and 97 received Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees. This year’s Commencement speaker was Dr. Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO of Jhpiego, an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For forty years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.
Today at the Yale School of Nursing, 9% of students are male, 21% of students are the first in their families to attend college, and 30% of the incoming class is racially/ethnically diverse. The faculty is 6% African-American, 7% Asian, 0% Latina and 9% male -- better than the national averages of 13% minority faculty and 5.5% male faculty. The Yale School of Nursing boasts 4,122 alumni who are distributed throughout the United States and the world, half of whom graduated after 1998.