Notre Dame Sydney appoints Dean of the College of Nursing

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Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 14-9-2005

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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Dr Margot Kearns, a respected health sciences academic, has been appointed Foundation Dean of the College of Nursing at The University of Notre Dame Australia – Sydney Campus.

Previously a lecturer in Nursing and Life Sciences at the University of Sydney, Prof Kearns is well equipped for her new role, with an impressive record in nursing, science and research.

In 1999 she completed a PhD on Molecular Genetics and was awarded the Australian Society for Medical Research and University of Sydney Medal for Excellence in Research.

Her initial weeks at Notre Dame have been busy meeting stakeholders involved in the development of the nursing course at Sydney’s newest university.

‘Notre Dame’s nursing courses in Fremantle and Broome are held in very high regard by graduates and the health care sector.

‘My role, in part, is to try to emulate the success of those programs in Sydney. With the support of an Advisory Board and senior members of the nursing profession, a new and dynamic course, has been developed and will shortly be submitted to the Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW for accreditation.

‘In 2006 Notre Dame aims to train 60 student nurses at its Broadway Campus in Sydney.

By mid 2007 Notre Dame’s College of Nursing will have about 140 students, based in a purpose-built facility at Darlinghurst,’ Professor Kearns says.


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