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New associate dean named for School of Nursing

Dynnette E. Hart, DrPH, RN
Dynnette E. Hart, DrPH, RN
Meeting in full session on February 28, the Loma Linda University Board of Trustees approved Dynnette E. Hart, DrPH, RN, CPNP, as associate dean of the undergraduate program for the School of Nursing.

Dr. Hart comes with a long historical attachment to Loma Linda University. Her father, Franklyn Nelson, DDS, was one of the founding faculty of the School of Dentistry. All children of the family have graduated from LLU—two from the School of Medicine and four from the School of Nursing.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 1966, Dr. Hart continued her education at Loma Linda, receiving her master’s degree in 1968 in maternal/child nursing education. She joined the faculty at the School of Nursing until 1970, when she and her husband, Kenneth Hart, MD (LLUSM, 1969), with their son, Todd Walter, left for East Africa. Her daughter, Patrice (Hancock), was born two months after they arrived at Mwami Hospital in Zambia.

Dr. Hart primarily focused on the role of wife and mother throughout the next 17 years as she and her husband worked in Zambia, Tanzania, and Kenya.  When the family returned to the United States in 1987, Dr. Hart rejoined the faculty at the School of Nursing to teach pediatric nursing. As she continued coordinating and assisting in the undergraduate child health nursing class, she completed her DrPH in 1994 from the School of Public Health in maternal/child health education.

To further augment her clinical skills in child health, Dr. Hart completed the pediatric nurse practitioner course at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001.

Her professional and research interests have focused on international and cross-cultural interventions, and pediatric primary health care. She implemented the pediatric nurse practitioner curriculum at LLU during 2004-2005.

Currently, Dr. Hart holds the rank of associate professor of nursing.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, April 6, 2006