Message from the Dean

Photo of Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean for the KU School of Nursing.


Fall is such a busy and exciting time Around the University of Kansas School of Nursing. At our annual Nightingale Ceremony in August, we welcomed the class of 2020 to the school ‒ a group of 126 women and men who we know are going to make their mark in the world of health care.

Among those taking the oath that day were 12 students who will be receiving their nursing education at our KU School of Nursing–Salina campus. The campus opened in the fall of 2017 to address the need for more nurses in rural and underserved parts of Kansas. You can read more in this issue of KU Nursing about the mission of our Salina campus and the wonderful students and faculty who are part of this amazing model of nursing education. You can also get a peek at the new Health Education Center that the school shares with the KU School of Medicine‒Salina campus. The center opened just in time for this academic year.

Our students in Kansas City will be learning the art and science of nursing at the Health Education Building at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This stunning building, which opened in the fall of 2017, serves as the education hub not only for our School of Nursing students, but also students at the KU School of Medicine and the KU School of Health Professions. This model allows for many interprofessional education opportunities for our students. In this issue of KU Nursing, some of our faculty and students talk about how the Health Education Building has changed the way we teach and learn.

Although education remains our primary mission of the KU School of Nursing, we are also proud of the groundbreaking research being conducted by our faculty. This issue features articles on research our faculty are doing on chemo-brain, a condition where cognitive impairment occurs after chemotherapy; and elderspeak, use of baby talk to communicate with older people, especially those with dementia.

We hope you enjoy this issue of KU Nursing, and, as always, thank you for supporting the KU School of Nursing!

Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, University of Kansas School of Nursing