Message From the Dean

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN

As our world changes, so do challenges to health. People are living longer, many with chronic illnesses. And increasingly, vulnerable populations, including immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ people, and individuals with complex medical conditions are seeking affordable, accessible care that addresses their unique needs.

Headshot of Dean Lorraine Frazier wearing bright pink blazer.

For more than a century, Columbia University School of Nursing has prepared nurses at all levels and in all specialties to meet such challenges. As one of the world’s preeminent centers for nursing education, research, and practice, we are committed to caring for individuals and communities everywhere, and to their right to attain the highest level of health and well-being.

Whether you join the Columbia Nursing community as a student, clinician, or faculty member, you will become part of an esteemed tradition that supports health as a human right. Given the changes and challenges facing our world, this right—to health care that is socially just and equitable—has never been greater. 

Our commitment to preparing our future nurses to meet these challenges, and to advancing social justice and health equity, is our legacy.

We have a history of standing against barriers to health that are based on race or ethnicity; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disabilities; sexual orientation or gender identity. This legacy informs every aspect of our school, from educational and research programs, to clinical practice, to administrative and operational strategies, to policies. It will inform the care you provide in a hospital, clinic or home; the scientific investigations you undertake; the classes you teach; the policies you advocate for, and, your evolution as a nurse leader.

It is a legacy of caring that never changes. Welcome to Columbia Nursing.

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing
Mary O’Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center


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