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Nomination Letters – Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing

Catherine Y. Read

There is an old cliche that says, “You never know someone until you live with them.’’ Well, as the undergraduate program coordinator and now associate director of student services, I have “lived’’ with Catherine Y. Read, RN, Ph.D, associate professor and associate dean of the undergraduate nursing program here at Boston College for 17 years. We interact daily in coordinating the undergraduate program for almost 400 nursing students from various geographic, socioeconomic, and academic realms. Whenever Professor Read encounters students, her smile is wide, her approach sound, and her love of academics shines. Nursing is a profession of head—a keen intellect is required; hands—at times physically, spiritually, and emotionally, a gentle touch is needed; and heart—the compassion and empathy essential to understanding what another person is experiencing. These three attributes are what each student sees when conversing with Professor Read. Her research in the field of genetics is a model for all students who want to expand the education they receive here at Boston College. Catherine Read is an excellent model of what an administrator, an academic, and a nurse represents to the nurses of tomorrow.

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—Nominated by Maureen A. Eldredge

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