A Message from Meredith Kazer

SON Dean Meredith KazerAt Fairfield we consider ourselves a community where excellent nursing care is valued, and kindness is embraced. In the Jesuit tradition, the School of Nursing strives for cura personalis or education of the whole person. The result of such an education is the development of nursing professionals, who are morally reflective healthcare providers, working to deliver care to patients and families with consistent sensitivity to cultural differences and issues of social justice.

As the Affordable Care Act becomes fully implemented, nursing continues to undergo change. Advances in technology and access to healthcare have afforded society an unprecedented opportunity for extended quality and quantity of life. As nurses, we must work together with other members of the interprofessional team to ensure the highest level of healthcare for our patients and families. Our educational programs are prepared to meet the challenges of the future healthcare system. Our faculty are recognized around the world for their expertise in addressing the broad issues that impact global health. These faculty provide every student with the necessary tools and resources to become successful healthcare providers.

At Fairfield, we pride ourselves on the the excellence of our program and faculty. Our students witness first hand, the dedication our faculty have to each and every student’s personal development. Relationships built with fellow classmate and faculty members at Fairfield will substantially impact your life and career.  Moreover, the effects of an education at Fairfield extend long past graduation.  

At Fairfield we strive to provide students with an educational experience rich in the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor and reflective practice. With a strong core steeped in ethics, communication, spirituality, care of vulnerable populations and service learning, students receive all the education necessary to become excellent nursing professionals. But, our program also provides analysis of global health issues, with a strong focus on issues of social justice and equality to prepare our students as members of society capable of generating change from within.

Our ability to provide this exceptional nursing educational opportunity is accomplished through our strong partnerships with over 50 healthcare agencies, including acute care hospitals, community agencies, clinics and long-term care facilities. Throughout these environments of care, students are provided the instruction to increase knowledge, skills and understanding of the health issues that impact society. Clinical experiences begin early in the program and our individual attention to your education is unwavering throughout the program. Our school also offers a number of study abroad experiences to provide students with expertise and insight to healthcare beyond our national borders. The end result is the graduation of competent and compassionate nursing professionals who will provide care to populations across the world! 

Meredith Wallace Kazer PhD, CNL, APRN, AGPCNP- BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing