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A Legacy of Innovation
The first director of nursing, Helen Wood, helps the University become one of the first in the country to offer a nursing diploma program.
The Master of Science nursing degree program is created, laying the groundwork for the evolution of future clinical specialty programs.
Eleanor Hall creates the Department of Nursing within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, a major step toward establishing an independent school.
Photo: University Libraries/Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation) The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program forms. Its graduates help to care for a growing number of children in the community, particularly the disadvantaged.
An independent School is established and Dr. Loretta C. Ford is named its first dean. She also pioneers the unification model by bringing together education, practice and research under one academic umbrella.
The Family Health Nurse Clinician Program begins as one of the only master’s programs in the country to prepare nurse practitioners in primary care.
The PhD program— one of the first 15 in the country—admits its first students. Many others were patterned after Rochester’s highly focused and rigorous curriculum.
By the end of 1982, 51 nursing faculty had completed the primary care nurse practitioner program. These efforts to prepare faculty in primary care strengthened the teaching base at Rochester and were influential in shaping the educational experiences of nursing students across the country.
At the installation of Sheila Ryan as the second dean of the independent School of Nursing, Ryan says, “The University of Rochester School of Nursing is acclaimed for a successful model of faculty and practice collaboration called unification, which is recognized for advancing innovative nursing practices.”
The School is first in the country to offer an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, after first developing the role in the late 1970s. Its graduates are now able to use the newly state-legislated title of “nurse practitioner.”
The School gains a reputation for producing first rate clinical researchers who were heavily recruited as faculty. 90 percent of the students who applied for federal funding received it.
A School-Based Health Center – staffed and supported by nurse practitioners from the School of Nursing— is established at East High School in 1995. Passport Health, a travel clinic which features travel immunizations and specialty vaccines, is also launched this year.
Pat Chiverton is named dean for the School of Nursing.
The Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs for Non-Nurses accepts its first 22 students after the traditional bachelor’s program ends. Today there are nearly 200 students enrolled across three cohorts.
The 28,000 square foot Loretta C. Ford education wing is completed. The project included adding a 175-seat auditorium, along with new and renovated classrooms with smart classroom technology.
The first student enrolls in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which enables advanced practice nurses to develop and lead improvements in health care delivery while remaining in clinical settings.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing program, the Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) opens to provide support, coaching and mentoring to students.
The School of Nursing is selected to provide comprehensive wellness services to University of Rochester employees. Today, the employee wellness program has expanded its reach to serve additional organizations in the community, offering its services to more than 25,000 individuals.
The School plays a key role in helping the Medical Center become the first in the country to establish an Institute for Innovative Education, which initiates new ways to educate nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals together as patient-centered teams.
The School of Nursing launches a second School-Based Health Center at the Rochester City School District Frederick Douglass Campus.
A new Master of Science in Nursing Education (MNE) program is created to address a shortage in nursing faculty. In the same year, the School of Nursing’s Center for Lifelong Learning unveils an online Care Manager Education Program that is the first of its kind in the country to be offered by a University.