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About the School of Nursing

Established in 1909, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing was the first nursing program on a university campus. The first program leading to a baccalaureate degree began in 1919. A master’s degree program was first offered by the School of Nursing in 1950 and through the Graduate School beginning in 1962. The Ph.D. program was established in 1983.

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Bartels, Dianne

DBartels.jpgDr. Dianne Bartels served as a staff nurse and then head nurse at University Hospital from 1964 to 1970. After completing bachelor's and master's degrees, she returned to University Hospital in 1979, serving as associate director of nursing until 1986. Dr. Bartels helped create the Center for Bioethics in 1985, serving in various leadership positions in the Center, including associate director and acting director. After earning her Ph.D. in family social science, Dr. Bartels became an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. She retired in 2011.

Duxbury, Mitzi

Duxbury.jpg In 1977, Mitzi Duxbury came to the University of Minnesota as director of graduate studies and associate professor in the School of Nursing. In 1979, she was appointed assistant dean for Graduate Studies. She left the University of Minnesota in 1983 and moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago as the Dean of their School of Nursing.

Edwardson, Sandra

Sandra Edwardson.png Sandra Edwardson attended the University of Minnesota School of Public Health to pursue a Ph.D. in hospital and healthcare administration. After completing her Ph.D., Edwardson became an instructor in the Independent Study Program in Hospital and Healthcare Administration, after which she was appointed to an assistant professorship in 1979 in the Nursing Administration Program within the School of Nursing, which she took over one year later. She became an assistant dean in the School of Nursing under Ellen Fahy from 1981 to 1983. In 1992 she was named dean of the School of Nursing and resigned from the position in 2004. She continues to serve on the nursing faculty.

Kloempken, Eva

Kloempken.JPG Eva Kloempken graduated from the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing in 1929. She spent her career as a nurse at Northern Pacific Beneficial Association Hospital in St. Paul.

Lillehei, Katherine

lillehei.jpg Katherine Lillehei received her nursing diploma in 1943 and her B.S. in Nursing in 1950 from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. After graduating, she worked as a nurse at University Hospital. She was married to the pioneering cardiac surgeon C. Walton Lillehei. She also remained involved with the School of Nursing, playing a prominent role in its fundraising efforts and serving on the board of the School of Nursing Foundation.

Manthey, Marie

MManthey.jpg Marie Manthey served as associate director of nursing at the University of Minnesota Hospital from 1964 to 1971. During her tenure at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Manthey led the development of primary nursing and is recognized, nationally and internationally, as the founder of primary nursing.

Marks, Florence

FMarks.jpg Florence Marks earned her B.S. in nursing in 1953 and her M.A. in nursing administration in 1956, both from the University of Minnesota. From 1953 to 1954, she worked as a general staff nurse and assistant head nurse at University Hospital. From 1956 to 1961, she worked as a nursing supervisor at the Variety Club Heart Hospital at the University of Minnesota. In 1962, she became special assistant to the director of Nursing Services at the University Hospital.

Martinson, Ida M.

Ida Martinson.JPGIda Martinson received her baccalaureate degree in nursing education and her Masters in nursing administration from the University of Minnesota in the early 1960s. After earning her Ph.D., she returned to the University and joined the faculty of the School of Nursing, where she was centrally involved in establishing and running the Home Care for the Dying Child Project. In 1982, she moved to the University of California, San Francisco, as a professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing in their School of Nursing.

Sime, A. Marilyn

Sime photo.JPGMarilyn Sime earned her BS in Nursing Education, with a minor in psychiatric nursing, in 1959 from the University of Minnesota. After earning her MS in Psychiatric Nursing, she returned to the University of Minnesota, and completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1973. She joined the faculty of the University's School of Nursing in 1964. From 1978 to 1995, Sime served as director of Graduate Studies and assistant dean of Graduate Studies. She retired from the University in 1997.

Snyder, Mariah

Snyder.JPG Mariah Snyder came to the University of Minnesota in 1975, where she taught and also earned her Ph.D. in education in 1978. She helped establish the doctoral program in nursing in 1982 at the University, furthering an emphasis on nursing research. She was also involved in establishing the gerontology nurse practitioner program. She retired from the faculty in the 2000s.

Stryker-Gordon, Ruth

Stryker-Gordon_Ruth.jpg Ruth Stryker-Gordon received her B.A. in Public Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1948. In 1972, she returned to the University as an assistant professor in the Center for Long Term Care Administrative Education in Hospital and Health Care Administration Program in the School of Public Health. She became an associate professor in 1979. She retired in 1989.

Sullivan, Theresa

TSullivan.JPG Theresa Sullivan received her B.S. in nursing education from the University of Minnesota in 1947. She worked in the University Hospital as a nurse until her marriage to Dr. Albert Sullivan, who was a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota from the early 1950s and also served as associate dean of student affairs at the Medical School in the 1960s.

Taylor, Eugenia

Taylor_Eugenia.jpg Eugenia (Gene) Taylor earned her B.S. in Nursing Education and Public Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1949. From 1949 to 1986, she was a faculty member in the School of Nursing. Taylor directed the School's Practical Nursing Program from 1947 until the program's termination in 1967.

Weckwerth, Vernon

VWeckwerth.JPG Vernon Weckwerth completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Weckwerth returned to the University of Minnesota as a summer program administrator and lecturer. He became a professor of hospital administration in the School of Public Health in 1964. During his tenure, he began the Independent Study Program, tailored as an executive training program particularly for rural administrators. In that same year, Weckwerth became a coordinator for the Office of Continuing Hospital and Health Care Education. In 1969, he also became a professor in the Department of Family Practice, which he launched. He formally retired in 2009, but continues to do work with the University.

Weise, Ruth

Weise.JPG Ruth Weise received her bachelor's in nursing education in 1946 and her M.A. in nursing education in 1954, both from the University of Minnesota. She was a faculty member in the School of Nursing from 1946 until 1963 and then from 1973 until her retirement in 1986.