I take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to the Helene Fuld College of Nursing. It is my goal as President of this fine institution to ensure you have a fulfilling and rewarding educational experience. Since stepping into this role this year, I have had the opportunity to meet with students, faculty, and staff. The experience has been truly insightful. It has given me the chance to learn more about the College and to gain an even greater understanding of what makes this place so special.

Helene Fuld College of Nursing has a long-established reputation for educating New York’s best nurses. We are extremely proud of our alumni. They are an asset to the College and to the community at large. I enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to partner with our excellent faculty and students in expanding our programs and continuing to serve the health needs of people in our great state.

As we propel onward in our efforts to further establish Helene Fuld College of Nursing as a beacon of higher learning, I look forward to your continued support.


Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel

President & CEO


The Board of Trustees of the Helene Fuld College of Nursing unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel as President and CEO of the College. She assumed the post of president on May 13, 2019.

Dr. Griffin-Sobel comes to Helene Fuld with extensive professional experience in nursing as a practitioner, researcher, administrator, fundraiser, tenured professor, and college dean. In her last position as Dean and tenured Professor for the College of Nursing at Washington State University (WSU), she was responsible for the College’s five campuses, $20 million annual budget, and a BSN through PhD student body with 1,000+ students. Prior to WSU, Dr. Griffin-Sobel was Dean and Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY. Other highlights of her background include ten years at Hunter College’s School of Nursing in New York City, where she held ever-increasing positions of responsibility from director of the undergraduate program to Acting Dean and tenured Professor. Known for her innovative leadership, colleges she has led have achieved National League for Nursing Center of Excellence Awards, successful accreditations and innovative programs in interprofessional education.

A proud Navy veteran, Dr. Griffin-Sobel was the first Director of Nursing Research for the US Navy Nurse Corps, and has been the Editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, which under her tutelage received an EXCEL award for Most Improved Scholarly Journal from the Society of National Association Publications.

Dr. Griffin-Sobel has been the recipient of over $6 million of grant funding in the areas of interprofessional education and teaching with technology. She is the author of two books and numerous professional journal articles in nursing as well as the recipient of many academic and professional honors. She earned her PhD in Nursing at New York University, MS in Nursing at Hunter College, and BSN at Lehman College. Dr. Griffin-Sobel was inducted as a fellow into the National League of Nursing Academy of Nursing Education in 2008, and the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.

A Bronx, New York native, Dr. Griffin-Sobel returned to her hometown of NYC after leaving Washington State. She resides in Manhattan with her husband.

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Rescue Act funds

Check distribution dates for Rescue Act funds:
Thursday, September 9th from 12pm - 6pm.
Tuesday, September 14th from 12pm - 6pm.

Updated COVID precautions

HFCN is updating its COVID precautions due to the emergence of the Delta variant. This policy is subject to change day to day depending on advice from the CDC and NYS.

1. If you are vaccinated, update your Castlebranch account with proof of vaccination. If you have already done so, that is sufficient. Staff and faculty can provide their information to Dr. Dolan or HR.

2. NYS has disallowed any religious exemptions for health care workers.

3. If you are requesting a religious exemption, you must submit a letter from clergy or religious leader, on letterhead, with documentation that the religious organization at large has been unsupportive of the vaccine. The letter must also document your membership in the religious organization, and specifically state which religious belief you hold that prevents you from having the vaccine.

4. Since most hospital systems in NY are requiring proof of vaccination from all patient-facing staff, unvaccinated students will not be assigned to a clinical agency with such requirements. If an organization can be located without such a requirement, the student may be assigned there if there are openings for students. Since NYS is not allowing virtual or simulated clinicals as a substitute for a live clinical assignment, such students will likely not be able to meet the required clinical hours, and will need to repeat the course when, and if, there are seats available in the following year’s course.

5. Students/staff/faculty with an exemption are required to have weekly testing at the site of your choice. Results must be uploaded to Castlebranch account.

6. Students/staff/faculty with an exemption must wear 2 masks, one of which is an N95 which the College will provide.

7. All students, faculty and staff must wear their ID at all times, and carry the college-issued vaccination ID at all times as well. IDs will be checked daily at security, and periodically by faculty and staff

Thank you.
Dr. Griffin-Sobel
President & CEO

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