Dean's Message

A Welcome from Dean Howell

Dean Eleanor Howell

I am so glad you are visiting the Alumni website and reconnecting with the Creighton University College of Nursing. It is an exciting time to be a member of the profession of nursing, and your alma mater is at the forefront in teaching, service and scholarship.

The College of Nursing offers comprehensive programs that teach the skills, knowledge, and lifelong learning proficiency needed for practice in a myriad of clinical settings. Curricula emphasize care management and outcomes improvement in relation to health promotion, restoration, rehabilitation, self-care, acute care and tertiary care.

In addition, the College's more than 500 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate students receive an education that focuses on health care policy and economics, research methods, quality indicators, outcome measures, financial management and management of data and technology.

A Creighton education helps develop and refine the leadership, critical-thinking and clinical-judgment skills that allow our nursing graduates to participate as full partners in health care delivery and the shaping of health policy.
A few points of pride:

  • We are the first in Nebraska to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the highest level of preparation for clinical practice.
  • Once again, the Master of Science in Nursing program ranked among the nation’s top 100 nursing graduate programs, according to a new U.S. News & World Report survey.
  • Creighton’s accelerated nursing program began in 1975 and is one of the oldest second-degree, accelerated programs in the United States. Each year, we graduate more than 100 accelerated nursing students, many of whom are from the West Coast.
  • Our annual pass rate on the nursing licensure examination consistently exceeds state and national averages for first-time test takers.
  • The Compassionate Response toolkit, a resource for hepatitis C patients and their families developed by a College of Nursing faculty member and senior nursing students, is in demand nationally.

We are so very proud of you—our alumni—and the great things you are accomplishing for our profession and our world. Please stay connected and stay informed of alumni events right here on your Alumni website. Be sure to also read the College of Nursing e-newsletter to learn the latest news on our students and faculty.

Eleanor V. Howell, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean, College of Nursing


Questions? Feedback? Contact your Alumni Relations Office representative, Deborah Solie, at