NAU announces the appointment of Dean for the School of Nursing

National American University recently announced the appointment of Dodie Serafini as the Dean for the NAU School of Nursing. Serafini has served as the interim dean since October 2011. Passionate about nursing education and NAU, she plans to continue to provide high quality nursing education.  “Providing a high level of excellence on our end directly transfers into professionals who give high quality patient care,” she said.

Serafini began with NAU as a consultant for the university's Denver ASN program before becoming the program chair in September 2007.  In 2010, she assumed the role of associate dean for the school.  Her goals for the nursing programs and School of Nursing are two-fold:  to provide quality education so that individuals are competent enough to pass state boards and to have quality nurses that exit the program. “It isn’t just about the knowledge they receive, but the application of the knowledge,” Serafini explains. “I want to strive for excellence.”

Serafini’s passion and love for nursing and nursing education has been reflected in her own career path. “It was difficult to pick an area in my own career path because I love all avenues of nursing,” she said. She has earned her LPN, ADN, BS, and MSN, with a focus on nursing education.  She earned her certification as a nurse educator in September 2010.  She also holds a graduate certification in transcultural nursing and is currently in the dissertation phase of her doctorate in educational leadership.  She professed that nursing education has been a great opportunity in her career.

Congratulations to Dodie Serafini as she assumes this vital university role on a permanent basis.