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LRU’s School of Nursing Celebrates 50 Years

Wed Apr 16 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – For the past 50 years Lenoir-Rhyne University’s School of Nursing has been preparing graduates for careers in the medical field. That milestone will be celebrated on Saturday, April 26, with a 50th Anniversary Tea beginning at 2 p.m. in the McCrorie Center on the campus of LRU. Any member of the public interested in attending is welcome.

At the Tea, University Pastor, Rev. Dr. Andrew Weisner will give a blessing for the School of Nursing. A place setting of the original School of Nursing crystal will be given to alumni in the earliest classes of attendance. Scrapbooks from the 1960’s-1990’s will be on display, along with the original kneeling bench from Grace Hospital that was used in capping ceremonies through the 1980s. Students will lead guided tours of both the historical displays and the actual nursing labs used today. T-shirts will be on sale commemorating 50 years of excellence in nursing.

Activities scheduled prior to the tea include:

  • Nursing Research Presentations at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sigma Theta Tau Induction at 1 p.m.

An alum from the first graduating class is expected to be in attendance along with one from the second and fifth classes. Kay Miller, a graduate of the class of 1972 will speak at the Sigma Theta Tau Induction. Many former faculty members will also be in attendance.

The nursing program at LRU began in 1960. Since that time over 940 students have graduated from the department of nursing, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The program was accredited by the National League of Nursing in 1969 and has maintained continuous accreditation status since that time. In 2005 the faculty voted to change accrediting agencies and sought accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing. Since 2005, the program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing. The Lenoir-Rhyne program was the fourth in the state of North Carolina to gain accreditation and the first fully accredited church-related program. The program also has full approval from the North Carolina State Board of Nursing.

For more information please call Dr. Kerry Thompson, chair of the school of nursing at 828-328-7281.


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