Nursing Legacy Honored

As World War II intensified, the nation required not just soldiers but nurses to care for the injured. What began in 1913 as an affiliation with nursing diploma programs in Salt Lake City flourished to become the first nursing baccalaureate program in the state of Utah in 1948. Over the past 75 years, the University of Utah College of Nursing’s faculty, staff, and alumni have been pivotal in transforming health care, delivering top-tier care to patients, families, and communities and advocating for well-being, says Dean Marla De Jong. “Reflecting on our 75th year, I feel a deep sense of connection and pride,” she notes. “We benefit from a long tradition of innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and a culture of collaboration passed down through the generations. Nursing has evolved dramatically over the last 75 years. Our college continues to be critically necessary and relevant today—and it will be for many years to come.”

Discover more about the college's past with this interactive timeline.

View more history, stories, and photos with this digital exhibit from the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library


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