Celebrating 50 Years of the School and College of Nursing
SUNY acquires the College of Medicine and Department of Public Health Nursing from Syracuse University. Together, Syracuse University and SUNY conduct the program of Public Health Nursing, under the direction of Ruth E. Rives. Graduates awarded degrees from Syracuse University School of Education.
SUNY Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY, began the first Associate degree nursing program in New York State and the nation.
March 15, 1959
"The State University of New York is pleased to announce the establishment of a School of Nursing at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. The course of instruction will be two years in length and will lead to the degree of Associate in Applied Science." This from the Preliminary Announcement, School of Nursing, State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, March 15, 1959.
September 14, 1959
Classes begin for the first students enrolled in the School of Nursing. These students were guided by the school's founding Director, Maja Anderson. When it began, this was the fourth associate degree program in New York State and the first in the Upstate area.
June 10, 1961
First commencement for the School of Nursing. Graduating 7 students.
Last students admitted into program for Public Health Nursing, Bachelor of Science.
Joint program begins with private Cazenovia College in cooperation with Upstate Medical Center School of Nursing. Upon completion, graduates awarded AAS by Upstate Medical Center.
Discontinuation of Public Health Nursing post-graduate program.
Basic Nursing Techniques: A Programed Introduction to Nursing Fundamentals is published. Written by School of Nursing Director, Maja C. Anderson, BA, MN.
Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program begins at Upstate Medical Center, Dr. Margaret Sovie who was Associate Dean of the College of Health Related Professions, serves as Director of this program.
Fay Whitney, PhD, assistant professor until June 1976, then associate professor in June 1977, co-directs the Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. "Dr.Fay Whitney conducted the original feasibility study to support the development of graduate education to prepare nurses for advanced practice," from College of Nursing Alumni Association's Nursing News, Fall/Winter 1991.
Maja C. Anderson retires.
Upstate President Dr. Richard P. Schmidt makes decision to close the School of Nursing, with the intent of Upstate to resume with an upper division degree program in Nursing.
Dr. Whitney becomes Director of the Nurse Practitioner Program and holds this position until 1983.
May 22, 1977
The last class of 76 nursing students graduate. This concludes the end of the School of Nursing Associate degree program.
Health Assessment in Nursing Practice, by Jorge Grimes, is published.
Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program closes.
Classes begin for first students enrolled in a combined BS/MS Program for Clinical Nurse Specialists. Co-directors were M. Janice Nelson, EdD, RN, and Judy L. House, MS, ANP.
College of Nursing established, with Dr. M. Janice Nelson serving as Dean.
October 16, 1991
BS completion program and BS/MS program accredited by National League for Nursing.
Accreditation approved again for eight years (maximum) by National League for Nursing. Dean M. Janice Nelson retires, Jorge Grimes serves as interim.
Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning, is published. Book authored by Susan B. Bastable, EdD, MEd, RN, Associate Professor and Chair, Undergraduate Program, College of Nursing. Today, this publication is in the 3rd Edition and includes several contributing authors affiliated with Upstate: Margaret M. Braungart, Diane S. Hainsworth, Sharon Kitchie, M. Janice Nelson and Priscilla S. Worral.
January 1, 1998
Elvira Szigeti, PhD, RN, becomes the new Dean of the College of Nursing.
Accreditation approved for ten years (maximum) by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, AACN.
May 17, 2009
Fay W. Whitney, PhD, RN, a former SUNY Upstate faculty member and Professor Emeritus in the School of Nursing at University of Wyoming receives Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University at the annual commencement.
And continuing on
Elvira Szigeti, PhD, RN, continues as the Dean of the College of Nursing. The College of Nursing offers four programs:
- RN-Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
- Master of Science Degree in Nursing:
- Clinical Nurse Specialist, CNS
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- RN-MS Program
- Post-Master's Advanced Certificate Program
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