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Five decades of leadership
The College of Nursing is East Carolina University's oldest professional school. It has marked 50 years with a series of events and celebrations that concluded April 9 with a gala at Rock Spring Center in Greenville.
Nursing has grown from a tiny school training mostly rural nurses for eastern North Carolina to a college that graduates more new nurses than any school in North Carolina.
Milestones mark that journey. From offering its first master's degree program in 1977 to enrolling doctoral students in 2002, the college's development mirrors the growth and complexity of the nursing profession itself. That 50-year journey and its themes — versatility, leadership, skill and innovation — are best seen through the experiences and accomplishments of graduates representing the five decades of the college's life.
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In honor of 50 years of nursing education at ECU, here are some milestones in the history of the college:
ECU ranks in the top 5 percent in size and programs out of 800 four-year nursing programs across the country.
ECU offers the state's only nurse midwifery concentration, part of the graduate program.
Eva Warren, first dean of nursing at ECU: There was intense opposition to the establishment of a nursing school at ECU...much like that to a four-year medical school and ... from the same sources.
Dr. Leo Warren Jenkins, who became president of then East Carolina College in 1960, said: “Historians who... tell the story will find that the secret of the transformation of a small neglected school into a major institution was, in fact, a very simple one.... the needs of the people.”
Download pdf copies of newspaper accounts from the early days of the College of Nursing.