September 16, 2019
WASHINGTON – The College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences is proud to announce the first White Coat Ceremony for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on Friday. The private ceremony is a milestone to honor the 50th Anniversary of the program launching.
“I am excited about the opportunity to celebrate the next cohort of great nurses, especially on this 50th-year celebration of the beginning of the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing class. This ceremony is designed as a rite of passage to emphasize the importance of compassionate care,” says Devora Winkfield, Ph.D., FNP-BC, interim chair of Undergraduate Nursing and director of Graduate Nursing at Howard University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
“The ceremony allows the incoming upper-division nursing class to voice their commitment to honesty, civility, and integrity throughout their matriculation in the program. This is a beginning step to ensuring that we develop caring nurses.”
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was introduced in 1969 with the first cohort graduating in 1973. During the May 2019, Freedmen’s Hospital nursing alumni celebrated the 2019 graduating nursing class at their pinning.
“The College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences is pleased and proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the baccalaureate nursing program which stands on the shoulders of the Freedman’s Hospital nurses, whose contributions are important to the field of nursing. It is their valuable and stellar contributions, experience and legacy of excellence that we currently stand tall and proudly upon, ” says Gina S. Brown, Ph.D., MSA, RN, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
Read an excerpt from the Journal of the National Medical Association, March 1969 Volume 61 No. 2.
The Howard University School of Nursing in Historical Perspective
Written by Anna B. Coles, RN, Ph.D. Dean, Howard University School of Nursing.On February 23, 1955, the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare appointed a 10-member Freedmen’s Hospital Study Commission to consider the future role of Freedmen’s as a medical training and research center, as a teaching facility for Howard University College of Medicine, and as a service to the Washington community. On the basis of the report of this Commission, legislation was initiated which resulted in an Act transferring Freedmen’s to Howard University and the authorization of a 500-bed hospital signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. The community, faculty, and administrators of Freedmen’s Hospital and Howard University were anxious to explore the feasibility of establishing a baccalaureate program in nursing at Howard University since the transfer was imminent. As a result of this interest Dr. Rena Boyle, Director of the Department of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing, served as a consultant to a group representative of the administrative officials of Howard University and the educational and the administrative officials of Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing. It was recommended that a collegiate school of nursing be established and be an integral part of Howard University. Six years later, on April 23, 1968, the Board of Trustees of Howard University approved the establishment of a baccalaureate program in nursing and a dean was appointed. The School of Nursing (the title of college then) would function as an autonomous constituent of Howard University functioning within the philosophy of the University and responsible for promoting its purposes.
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(Photo of Devora Winkfield, Ph.D., FNP-BC, interim chair of Undergraduate Nursing and director of Graduate Nursing at Howard University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences next to the Freedman’s Hospital nurses plaque – source Imani Pope-Johns/Howard University)
About the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
The College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences is comprised of top-ranked educational programs that prepare healthcare professionals to be leaders and innovators in practice, education, research, and service. Graduates will deliver patient-centered, interprofessional care, and utilize cutting-edge technology and evidence-based practice to improve the health of all people with an emphasis on promoting health equity toward eliminating health disparities. Currently, the College offers degrees in the following accredited programs: baccalaureate degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science, Health Management Sciences, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, and Radiation Therapy; master’s degrees in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant; post-master’s certificate in Nursing; doctoral degree in Physical Therapy; and master’s and doctoral degrees in Nutritional Science in conjunction with the Howard University Graduate School.
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University visit www.howard.edu
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