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FAU College of Nursing Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Doctoral Program in Nursing

Event raises funds for student scholarships and supports nursing scholars

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 10, 2013) - Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its research-based doctoral program in nursing. The event celebrated the success of its graduates and raised money for Ph.D. student scholarships and ongoing support to educate nursing scholars.

“We celebrate this nursing doctoral program and these graduates because these scholars are vital to improving the health of our community and beyond,” said College of Nursing Dean Marlaine Smith. “They are educating the next generation of nurses, developing the science of nursing through research and leading the profession to optimize the health of those in their care. Our graduates are recognized as leaders, transforming health care delivery through the application of caring science and pursuing health equity for a diverse patient population.”

As part of the celebration, the creation of “The Dr. Nettie Birnbach Nursing Research Scholarship” was announced and is to be awarded to a doctoral nursing student who is committed to conducting and completing nursing research as part of their degree program within FAU’s College of Nursing. The endowment was created by Birnbach with a generous philanthropic gift. Birnbach is a member of The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board. Her passion stems from the ability of the nurse to have a transformative impact on the health and well-being of the patient. Birnbach has worked in the nursing field in many capacities for more than 50 years. During this time, she worked in hospitals, public health and as a nursing faculty member. She is currently Professor Emeritus at The College of Nursing, State University of New York at Brooklyn.

Sponsors of the 10th anniversary celebration of the research-based doctoral program in nursing at FAU provided support to educate nurse scholar-leaders. Silver and Bronze-level sponsors included Iota Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Katherine Molinet, Anne-Marie Rempala, and Drs. Marlaine and Brian Smith.

“Societal changes are increasing the demand for nurse scientists to find answers to difficult health problems. Among the most challenging problems facing the nation are that Americans are getting older and need complex nursing care,” said Christine Williams, director of FAU’s Ph.D. in Nursing program. “Health care is becoming more accessible, and nurses are the largest group of health professionals who will provide that care in the future. We urgently need more nursing doctoral graduates and faculty to meet the growing demand for nurses.”

For more information on FAU’s doctoral program in nursing, visit the College of Nursing website.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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