Dean of Nursing at UMass Amherst Appointed to National Council on Nurse Education and Practice

AMHERST, Mass. - Eileen T. Breslin, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Breslin was invited to serve on the council by Donna E. Shalala, U.S. secretary of health and human services.

"I am excited and pleased to have the opportunity to serve on this council, which sets strategic policy regarding nursing education practice," says Breslin.

The council advises the secretary and the administrator of HRSA on all matters related to nursing education and practice. These include: enhancing the composition of the nursing workforce; improving the availability of nurses to meet the health needs of the nation; increasing the opportunities for nursing education so as to enhance the quality of nursing practice; improving the organization, financing, and delivery of nursing services; and promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services.

The council also makes recommendations on applications for federal funding of programs in nursing education.

Breslin was appointed dean of the School of Nursing at UMass last year. She previously was a member of the nursing faculty at Northern Arizona University since 1983 and chaired that university''s department of nursing since 1994.