The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University provides leadership in innovative research, education, and practice to promote health and reduce the burden of disease. Dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship, we are committed to the pursuit of excellence in service to local and global communities.
Our vision is to create and nurture a learning environment that builds on our tradition of scientific inquiry and commitment to the highest standards of excellence in research, education, and practice in the world community, and to continue our rich history of innovation and global contributions.
At the Forefront of Nursing Innovation and Leadership
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University has earned a reputation as an innovator in nursing education, research and leadership.
Taking an experimental approach to education was one of the key conditions of Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton's 1923 gift of $500,000 to endow the school—the largest ever at the time for a university school of nursing. Bolton said that even though there might be no assurance that a particular effort would succeed, the school should be "free at all times in the future to engage in other experiments, to cooperate with hospitals in these efforts."
This spirit of innovative collaboration has remained one of the hallmarks of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
Now, under the leadership of Dean Mary E. Kerr, the School of Nursing is positioning itself to enhance its impact on nursing education, research and interdisciplinary scholarship and practice around the world.
Changing lives through leadership, research and education The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University is a globally recognized leader in nursing education and research.
Home to many firsts
FPB is home to the nation's first:
- practice doctorate in nursing
- acute care nurse practitioner program
- advanced practice flight nursing program
- gerontological nursing program
- BSN perioperative requirement
- BSN with informatics in all four years
Collaboration among faculty, students, clinical agencies and communities supports innovative, outcome-based research and the advancement of knowledge. Areas of research and training include Symptom Science, Family/Community Care, Aging Across the Lifespan, Self-Management of Health and Illness and Neuroscience.
Location, location, location
Case Western Reserve is located in University Circle, a 550-acre cultural and scientific mecca on the eastern edge of Cleveland, Ohio. Our students have ready access to premier health care organizations, including:
- University Hospitals Case Medical Center: Among the nation's leading academic hospitals, forming the largest biomedical research center in Ohio and one of the top 20 in the country
- Cleveland Clinic: The second largest medical group practice in the world and the largest hospital in Ohio; one of 10 U.S. hospitals designated "The Best of the Best" by U.S. News & World Report
- Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center: Recognized for more programs of clinical excellence than any other VA medical center in the United States
- MetroHealth Medical Center: A regional referral hospital that is one of only 19 Level 1 trauma centers with a burn unit and a rehabilitation facility specializing in spinal cord injuries
Vast clinical experience for BSN students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students begin their clinicals their third week on campus and clock nearly double the national average of clinical hours during their time at the School of Nursing.
Innovative academic programs
Whether you are an undergraduate with an interest in health care, a seasoned nursing professional ready for advancement, or someone looking to transition to a new career, FPB has an academic program to help you fulfill your educational and professional goals.
- BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
- Graduate Entry Nursing (Master of Nursing - MN)
- MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)
- Post-master’s Certificates
- DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
- PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing)
- Continuing Education
- Diverse community of scholars
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Case Western Reserve University believe in a culture of inclusion that encourages relationships and interactions among people of different backgrounds, enhances human dignity, actively diminishes prejudice and discrimination, and improves the quality of life for everyone in our community. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for admission, and visiting scholars and faculty from around the globe are perennial constituents of our environment.
We are home to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Home Care Nursing and offer our students a number of opportunities to study or conduct clinical or service projects abroad.
Our students take part in a number of required civic engagement projects, not only to expand their worldviews and skill sets, but also to provide accessible health care and critical health education to children and families in Cleveland, across the country and around the world.
Quality and safety
FPB is a leader and innovator in preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
Centers of excellence
FPB's Centers of Excellence offer a wealth of services and experiences, serving students, scholars, the health care industry and the community at large.
- Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center
- Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Best Nursing Practices Based on Evidence
- University Center on Aging and Health
- Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation (SMART) Center*
- Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research (FIND) Lab*
- QSEN Institute
- Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing
- Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health
Many of our faculty members are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is also proud to have 15 endowed professorships (and counting)—more than any other nursing school in the country.
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