WVU School of Nursing celebrates 50th Anniversary

Kandzari Lecture Fri., April 16, 7 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Fri. and Sat., April 16-17. The weekend honors all faculty, graduates and current students and offers many activities to educate and celebrate.

Nursing School Dean Georgia Narsavage said, “This is a wonderful time for nursing in West Virginia. We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the School of Nursing, and we’re welcoming alumni back to campus to help us tell the story of our past, present and future.”

Evening events for Fri., April 16, beginning with a reception at 5:45, are a showcase of the past, present and future.

At 7:00 p.m., Alvita Nathaniel, Ph.D. will give the Judith Hightower Kandzari Memorial Lecture. Judith Hightower Kandzari made significant contributions to rural health care in the state. Dr. Nathaniel’s talk is called “Rural Health Nursing: Caring for People Where They Work and Live.”

Over the course of her academic career at WVU School of Nursing, Nathaniel has held numerous advanced practice nursing positions in rural primary health care clinics. She developed and then became nurse practitioner at Health Right, the state’s first free health care clinic. She established an independent nursing practice in which she delivered primary health care services at two juvenile detention centers in West Virginia. On weekends, she maintained a nursing practice at a rural hospital where she became the first nurse practitioner in West Virginia to bill for hospital-based services.

She is co-author of an internationally known textbook, Ethics & Issues in Contemporary Nursing, and has published numerous book chapters and articles on the grounded theory method of research and on the theory of moral reckoning.

Academic awards and scholarships for nursing students, faculty and others will be presented after Nathaniel’s lecture. More than $140,000 in scholarships donated by private individuals and foundations will be awarded.

The Kandzari Memorial Lecture will be webcast at: http://www.webcast.wvu.edu/.

Friday afternoon offered an opportunity for continuing education credits for attending three different, one-hour panel discussions. Subjects of these discussions are nursing leadership, research and scholarship.

Saturday’s events begin with a brunch at 10:00 a.m. Other activities include a simulation center tour and WVU campus tours. The day ends with a reception and banquet at the Erickson Alumni Center. Registration and tickets are required for some of these events.

In the past 50 years, about 5000 nurses have graduated from the WVU School of Nursing and more than half of them are still practicing in the state. WVU offers doctorate, masters and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

Several celebrations have already taken place this year to honor nurses in the state for the 50th Anniversary Celebration, and more are planned.

For a complete list of anniversary events surrounding 50 years of nursing, see: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/son/newsCenter.aspx?key=20100405083529.


For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 04-16-10

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