Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON), a faith-based community where we believe that nurses have been called to make a difference. Being a Baylor nurse means being the hands and feet of Christ for those who are hurting or in need of comfort.

During these unprecedented times, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2020-2021 the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” This fitting tribute to nursing also coincides with the LHSON's 111th birthday and Baylor University’s 176th birthday. Exemplifying the nursing school motto, Learn.Lead.Serve.® it is the steadfast mission of the LHSON to educate and prepare both Baccalaureate and Graduate-level nurses within a Christian community for professional practice, healthcare leadership, and worldwide service.

Unmistakably, the need for caring and compassionate nurses has never been greater. More than ever before we all appreciate that nurses are called to serve and to care for the physical, social, psychological/emotional and spiritual needs of their patients. This special calling to serve others through academic excellence results in qualities that are unique to a Baylor Nursing graduate and instantly recognized and appreciated by patients, employers, and the community.

Our legacy of caring is also blessed with national recognition. Ranked in U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) 2022 Best Graduate Schools, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) – which includes programs in anesthesia nursing, executive nurse leadership, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse-midwiferypediatric nurse practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – is ranked No. 60 nationally. Not newly ranked but noted in the “Best Nursing” specialty rankings are LHSON’s U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) ranked at No. 8 nationally which operates at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, while Baylor’s Nurse-Midwifery program is ranked at No. 21 in the nation. We are blessed by blossoming growth at the LHSON. We are also fortunate to have an incredible faculty and staff that not only educate but nurture our aspiring Baylor nurses. 

Thank you for visiting the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing website. We applaud the incredible work of nurses across the globe and know that each new nurse makes the world a better place.

Linda Plank, PhD, RN, NEA-BC