School of Nursing Records, 1964-1979
- State University of New York at Albany. School of Nursing
- The School of Nursing Records document the history and day-to-day operations of the School at the University at Albany since its first full year of operation in 1967 through its closing in 1979.
- 14.6 cubic ft.
- English and English
- Preferred citation:
- Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, School of Nursing Records, 1964-1979. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the School of Nursing Records).
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
Access to this record group is unrestricted with the exception of Series 3, Subseries 2 and a small number of other folders containing personal or sensitive information in the remainder of the collection.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright.
Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
- Scope and Content:
The records of the School of the Nursing begin in 1964 with discussions and statistical analysis about the need for additional nursing programs in the area, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and end with the phase-out of the program in 1979. The records document the complete history of the School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Albany as a degree granting program, from its first students in 1967 through 1979.
- Biographical / Historical:
The School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Albany was established in 1967 as a response to the need for nursing education in the Hudson Valley area. Full state registration for a five year period was achieved in May of 1971 and the National League for Nursing fully accredited the program in April of 1972. The University formally discontinued the school in 1979, although the phase-out of the program is documented in administrative records as early as 1976. While there was discussion of a need for a graduate program, the School of Nursing only offered a bachelor's degree.
The bachelor's degree in nursing program at the University began during the 1967-1968 academic year with a total of 14 students. Dr. Dorothy M. Major served as the school's first dean. By the 1975-1976 academic year, enrollment rose to 284 students. The largest specialty group on the faculty was in medical/surgical instruction flowed by maternal/child health.
In September of 1972, Judith Whitaker developed the Continuing Education component of the School of Nursing. Beginning with the first workshop in March 1973, the Continuing Education program helped practicing nurses remain abreast of new knowledge in the medical field. By 1974, the program held at least 10 different workshops each year attended by practicing nurses from throughout the country. It generated an enviable reputation of quality for a relatively new school of nursing. In 1979, the School of Nursing transferred this program to Russell Sage College.
An ongoing New York State budget crisis eventually forced the School of Nursing to close in 1979. The school experienced the imposition of financial constraints as early as 1976-1977. At the time, a presidential task force on priorities and resources at the State University of New York at Albany proposed a phase-out of its School of Nursing which was completed three years later.
- Acquisition information:
The School of Nursing donated these records to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in a series of three acquisitions in 1977 and 1979.
This collection has no series.
- Processing information:
Processed in 2015 by Leo Bolshakov.
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