Over the past four decades, the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has educated intelligent, skilled, and ethical nurse scientists, faculty, executives, military officers, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. USD has the only nursing school in San Diego and Southern California dedicated to graduate education, with over 2500 alumni, 308 of whom hold the PhD or Research Doctorate, and 100 the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
With the equivalent of 625 graduate students, and 65 faculty, our ranking continues to be one of the world’s finest; and we now are the #1 ranked Catholic Graduate Nursing School in America. This directly relates to our stellar faculty, very talented students, beautiful setting, and our school’s special spirit. We are a private school committed to social and health care justice and vulnerable populations. We are the perfect size school --large enough to enjoy financial security and many resources, yet small enough to offer our students individual, personalized mentoring. Our structure enables us to maintain creativity, flexibility, and innovation while avoiding complex bureaucratic systems. Our faculty, which includes Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, holds doctoral and post-doctoral degrees from the finest schools in the country.
We are a school of many “firsts” –one of the first Master’s Entry Nursing Programs, Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner programs specializing in military and veteran mental health and PTSD, Health Care Informatics Programs (for both nurses and non-nurses), and the first School of Nursing to serve on the US Navy hospital ship, Mercy, that traveled throughout Southeast Asia.
Another most important first of its kind in the nation is our Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation, a magnificent new 30,000 sq. ft. structure, which is annexed to our main building. The Beyster Institute houses four research units with special emphasis on the mental and physical health of mothers and children, the military and veterans, older adults, and end-of-life patients. These include the Hervey Family Fund-San Diego Foundation Military and Veteran Health Unit, Krause Family PhD Research Library and Study, Kaye M. Woltman and Melisa R. McGuire Hospice and Palliative Care Education and Research Unit, and the Senior Adult Functional Assessment Apartment. In addition to the research units, the Beyster Institute features the Lizbeth and Walter Smoyer Family APRN Nursing Education Center.
USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science also was a pioneer in using simulation in clinical training. The Beyster Institute includes the Dickinson Family Foundation Nursing Simulation Center in Honor of Lizbeth Dickinson Smoyer, with high fidelity human simulators and a crew of trained actors, doctorally prepared nurse faculty who are experts in simulation, and technical and mechanical specialists.
Almost all of our students receive some level of scholarship, forgivable loan, or financial aid. We are the proud recipients of endowments, grants, and gifts from institutions such as the Helene Fuld Trust, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Health Care (for which we served as the pilot program), California Song-Brown grants, and federal nurse faculty forgivable loan grants. Most recently we were one of the 14 schools selected for the inaugural, prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) PhD Nurse Scholars program, as well as the recipients of a second RWJF Master’s Entry Nurse Scholars grant.
We are proud of our International Clinical Research Missions in which faculty and students travel to select countries to conduct sustainable missions that integrate clinical research with culturally competent and evidence-based health care and services to vulnerable populations around the world. Our faculty and students have conducted successful missions to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Africa.
As you review our WEB site, and note the research, clinical, and scholarly achievements of our faculty and students, and sense the school's spirit and camaraderie, you will understand why our alumni deservedly show pride in their Alma Mater. We are so grateful to our clinical partners and affiliates, preceptors, donors, and federal, state, and foundation granting agencies for providing talents and treasure that have enabled these accomplishments.
Our students are women and men who represent many faiths, ethnic groups, and geographical regions, but they all share certain things in common – intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and compassion for their patients.
Wishing you the best of health and the best in your professional career,
Sally Brosz Hardin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor