Margaret D. Pharris, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Professor & Associate Dean for Nursing
Whitby Hall, G8J
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105, USA
In 2000, after I had graduated from my PhD studies, in the face of a looming nursing faculty shortage, I felt I owed it to the profession and the community to teach nursing. St. Catherine University was my first choice because my experience of St. Catherine nursing graduates was that they could meet any patient and see that person as mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter. It is a great privilege to be a part of the St. Catherine University educational community and to ground my work in Catholic social teaching, Catholic intellectual tradition, and the principles of our founders, the CSJs. In these times, the community needs strong nurse leaders rooted in an ethic of social justice to assure the population receives high-quality, patient- and family-centered, holistic care, that optimizes health, even in the face of a terminal illness or disaster. I thank God for the opportunity to serve an amazingly spirited and committed faculty and stellar students who hold the concerns of the most vulnerable close to their hearts.