Purpose of Handbook

Welcome to the School of Nursing at Emory & Henry College. This Handbook is your primary resource for information about policies and procedures of the nursing programs at E&H. The Handbook will provide you with information that will acquaint you with various aspects of your program and help you plan your nursing studies.

In addition to this Handbook, official publications of interest to nursing students are the Emory & Henry College Academic Catalog (https://catalog.ehc.edu/) which contains descriptions of all undergraduate programs and general academic regulations and the School of Nursing website (https://www.ehc.edu/academics/nursing/) which contains information about our nursing degree programs.

Letter from the Dean

Dr. Laurie Ann Ferguson Welcome to the School of Nursing at Emory & Henry College!

The World Health Organization named 2020, the year of the nurse and midwife. 2020 was also the 200th birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, who applied science to organize hospitals and formalize nursing education.

The profession of nursing has a long and distinguished history, and has been ranked the most trusted profession for 20 years in a row. While caring is at the core of what a nurse does, the discipline requires a comprehensive view of patient care, incorporating science and art in evaluating changes in clinical conditions and advocating for appropriate care. As the largest profession within healthcare, nursing gave rise to many subsequent disciplines such as the first anesthetists and social workers among others. Healthcare disciplines bridge science and care into practice to improve health outcomes and nursing is the cohesive link for patients between healthcare disciplines. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically highlighted nursing’s contribution to patient care. You are a part of an exciting and caring profession where the opportunities to grow are limitless. I encourage you to use this time to study to explore and push yourself to levels you previously did not think possible. Do not settle for “good enough” or mediocrity but strive for excellence, while taking time to enjoy the journey.

We, the faculty and staff at the School of Nursing, are here to support you throughout your studies here at Emory & Henry. As you embark on this next step in your educational journey, we understand the commitment and sacrifice you are making to advance your professional career. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help you in any way.

Wishing you all the best in your endeavors.


Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson Founding Dean and Professor