Welcome Letter from the President

Susan L. Groenwald

Welcome to Chamberlain College of Nursing! Founded in 1889 to address a lack of healthcare services in St. Louis, Chamberlain continues to honor that legacy by increasing access to nursing education nationwide in order to meet the healthcare needs of communities across the country and around the world.

Whether we are confronting the impending national nursing shortage*, answering the Institute of Medicine’s call to increase nursing education levels**, preparing nurses to fill new roles and key leadership positions to address the Affordable Care Act or providing care to impoverished communities around the world through our International Nursing Service Projects, what distinguishes Chamberlain is care – Chamberlain Care. Care for our students, healthcare partners, patients and the community at large.

Through Chamberlain Care and the ideals it embodies, we model and teach our students the values that are exemplified by extraordinary nurses – caring, professionalism, excellence, integrity and service. We believe that by taking extraordinary care of our students, we will graduate extraordinary nurses who will have a significant positive impact on healthcare worldwide.

Chamberlain undergraduate and graduate alumni are already making a difference in healthcare delivery in their communities and around the world. Consider that the average nurse will have 10 unique patients touches each day and work an average of 30 years. Over the next 30 years, the more than 15,000 current Chamberlain students and 14,000*** current alumni will have two billion patient touches†. And we continue to grow exponentially. That means we have a significant responsibility to prepare extraordinary nurses who are ready for tomorrow’s healthcare challenges. We take that responsibility very seriously.

Extraordinary Care. Extraordinary Nurses.

Susan L. Groenwald, PhD, MSN, RN
National President
Chamberlain College of Nursing



*The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections 2010-2020, February 2012
** The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine, October 5, 2010.
***Chamberlain College of Nursing and Deaconess College of Nursing graduates, Chamberlain National Registrar, July 2012. †Based on the 15,000 current Chamberlain students and 14,000 current alumni having 10 unique patient touches each day, 261 work days every year for the next 30 years. (10 x 261 x 30 x 29,000 = 2,270,700,000)

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