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We are nationally ranked and are leaders in undergraduate and graduate education, research, scholarship and service. 

Call Lexington "home" - a great mid-sized city with a highly educated population located in the heart of Bluegrass horse country.

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We are nationally ranked and are leaders in undergraduate and graduate education, research, scholarship and service. 

Call Lexington "home" - a great mid-sized city with a highly educated population located in the heart of Bluegrass horse country.

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315 College of Nursing Building
Lexington, KY 40536-0232
Phone: (859) 323-5108
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  • Amanda Fallin, Ph.D., conducted a comprehensive study on health in tobacco-growing states

    Posted Jun 26, 2015 by Adam Burkhart
  • Dean Heath pens op-ed piece supporting the Kentucky Smoke-Free Act

    Posted Mar 23, 2015 by Adam Burkhart
  • Heads Up Students: Build Your Network Before You Graduate!

    Posted Mar 19, 2015 by Adam Burkhart
  • Spike in Research Efforts Places UK College of Nursing Among National Leaders

    Posted Feb 11, 2015 by Adam Burkhart

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) - When thinking about the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, do you think about it as one of the best nursing schools in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report? Do you visualize classrooms of students preparing to go out into their communities to serve and meet the health care needs of their patients? If so, you would be ri...

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) – When thinking about the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, do you think about it as one of the best nursing schools in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report? Do you visualize classrooms of students preparing to go out into their communities to serve and meet the health care needs of their patients? If so, you would be right on both counts.

    What may not be as commonly known about the UK College of Nursing, is the robust research program that contributes to the quality of the education that they provide their students, and on a more global level, to the field of nursing.

    Nursing research provides the scientific basis for the practice of the profession. Federally sponsored research plays a critical role in the training of future generations of nurse scientists and practitioners. Research at the UK College of Nursing addresses universal health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, agricultural health, health disparities, maternal-child health, chronic pain, acute injuries and mental health issues.

    "The UK College of Nursing research portfolio is at its highest level with over $15 million in extramural research funding to address a number of the most pressing and persistent health problems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The research of our investigators is patient-centered — they work with and engage the citizens of the Commonwealth in tackling critical issues impacting health and disease," said Thomas Kelly, associate dean of research for the College of Nursing.

    In fact, the UK College of Nursing was ranked No. 21 nationally for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in the year 2014 and No. 14 among public universities for nursing research.

    "The strength of our research portfolio is from the exceptional faculty leadership and mentoring of nationally recognized experts in the field such as Dr. Debra Moser for her focus on cardiovascular health and Dr. Ellen Hahn for her focus on tobacco control policy. The collective body of work of our nurse researchers is making a tremendous impact on the health of Kentucky and beyond," said Janie Heath, dean of the College of Nursing.

    MORE: Spike in Research Efforts Places UK College of Nursing Among National Leaders | UKNow

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  • Janie Health Named New Dean of UK College of Nursing

    Posted Jul 30, 2014 by Adam Burkhart

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2014) -- University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan announced Monday that a national leader in nursing education, tobacco control and health care outreach has accepted the position of dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick Professorship.

    Janie Heath, who is currently the associate dean of Academic PROGRAMS and the Thomas Saunders III...

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2014) — University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan announced Monday that a national leader in nursing education, tobacco control and health care outreach has accepted the position of dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick Professorship.

    Janie Heath, who is currently the associate dean of Academic PROGRAMS and the Thomas Saunders III Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, will take over as dean at UK on Aug. 1, pending UK Board of Trustees approval.

    "Nurses are on the front lines of health care and service throughout our Commonwealth and beyond," Riordan said. "UK's nationally ranked COLLEGE OF NURSING not only educates nursing leaders but also conducts critical research and outreach efforts regarding many of Kentucky's most pressing health challenges, such as smoking and heart disease. Janie Heath has been a leader in educational, clinical and research efforts. She is an ideal fit for our COLLEGE OF NURSING."

    "I have known about the UK College of Nursing for a long time," said Heath, who has been a nurse for nearly 40 years and also has worked at Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgetown University and the University of South Carolina. "I was attracted to the college's well-known strengths in advanced PRACTICE NURSING and research. UK ― through its talented faculty, staff and students ― has been on the forefront of addressing major challenges in higher education and health care delivery today. I'm excited to work on new strategic initiatives to help promote a healthy working and learning environment for the UK academic and clinical enterprise."

    UK President Eli Capilouto said the one of the university's core missions is providing health care that "extends and enhances life through education, research and service. Our COLLEGE OF NURSING exemplifies so well that commitment. In Janie Health, I know we have found someone who will lead this college in moving forward with these critical missions."

    As associate dean at UVA's SCHOOL OF NURSING, Heath is the chief academic officer responsible for the quality and integrity of education of the Commonwealth of Virginia's flagship NURSING PROGRAM. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs with more than 16 focus areas and certificate options. The school has some 720 students and more than 100 faculty members.

    Recently, Heath has been the principal investigator on a $5 million gift from the Conway Foundation to expand a Critical Nurse Leader program (CNL) from 24 students in the Charlottesville area to 96 students throughout rural Virginia. She also helped secure funding to advance undergraduate nursing research and inter-professional education efforts for innovative virtual learning programs in partnership with UVA's College of Medicine.

    A pioneer with implementing Acute Care NURSE PRACTITIONER, CNL and Doctor of Nursing Practice education in the Southeast, Heath has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and research initiatives and generated more than 150 publications and abstracts while also serving in national leadership organizations including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the American Academy of Nursing.

    "The talent that exists throughout the COLLEGE OF NURSING will put us in an excellent position to help transform nursing education and create new innovative models of health care delivery," Heath said. "I'm looking forward to joining the UK community and influencing the health and wellness of the Commonwealth and beyond."

    Heath is married to Mike Heath, a retired U.S. Army colonel who was the PHARMACY CONSULTANT to the U.S. Army Surgeon General, and they have three married children and four grandchildren living in Charlotte, N.C. and Charleston, S.C.

    Riordan thanked current UK Interim Dean Patricia Howard for her "steadfast leadership and service during this period. I often say that people make the place. Dean Howard exemplifies so much of what I see at UK ― people committed to this institution and committed to leadership and service in ways that move our university and our Commonwealth forward."

    Howard has been serving as UK's interim dean since late 2012 after Jane Kirschling left UK to serve as dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

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