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1906 - 2006
July 2006 - June 2007

Centennial Home Page
Centennial Calendar Page

UCSF Nursing Centennial
Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence

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(Also see:  Detailed Calendar
September 2006 - Oct. 2007)

Centennial Kick-off:
A Campus-Wide Celebration

Sept. 13, 2006  (see news story/video).

Centennial Lecture Series
(for speakers, see:  Detailed Calendar)

Blood Drive -
"100 Pints in 100 Days"
(see details below)
1/29/07 - 5/8/2007

Helen Nahm Research Lecture and
Community of Scholars
Fri., April 27, 2007

Nursing Alumni Day
Sat., Apr. 28, 2007
(see details/website)

Doctoral Alumni Reunion
June 7 - 12, 2007
(see details/website)

Fri. June 8, 2007

Gala Celebration
Sat., June 9, 2007
(see details/website)

Strauss Colloquium: 40 Yrs. of Grounded Theory
Fri. Oct. 5, 2007
(see details/website)

Save the Dates!

For a comprehensive
Centennial Calendar, visit:

Nursing at UCSF began in the spirit of renewal after San Francisco's 1906 earthquake.

Oct. 5, 2007
Strauss Colloquium:
40 Yrs. of Grounded Theory
(see website)
Wall of Fame Established
(see website)
Centennial Video
celebrating 100 years of
UCSF School of Nursing
is now available on-line
(see  SN 100 Video )

The first teaching hospital of the University of California opened its doors on April 11, 1907, fifty-one weeks after the great quake. Built by converting two floors of the UC School of Medicine, the 75-bed hospital stood above Golden Gate Park where less than a year before, volunteer nurses and doctors tended to the wounded and sick in a makeshift tent city.

The top floor held a dormitory for student nurses; from the beginning, round-the-clock nursing was at the core of patient care. That same year, the Regents approved UC's first nursing education program.

Students began earning nursing diplomas in 1907. The first bachelor's degree program for nurses in California began in 1917. In 1939 the Regents established the first autonomous School of Nursing in any state university.

"The achievements of the UCSF School of Nursing - our national and world leadership in nursing education, research, and community service, our distinguished faculty and the remarkable accomplishments of our alumni - rose from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire," says Dean Kathleen Dracup, RN, FNP, DNSc.

"We are celebrating an extraordinary century of nursing education, research, and community service."
- Dean Kathleen Dracup

The Nursing Centennial celebrations will honor the school's history, the accomplishments of alumni and faculty and the leadership of UCSF nurses throughout the world. UCSF Medical Center also plans celebrations of its 100th year, beginning in January, 2007 and recognizing the achievements of UCSF nurses and other staff.

Nursing events begin with a campus-wide Centennial kickoff on September 13, 2006 (see news story/video).

In the ensuing months, lectures and symposia will honor nursing scholarship and excellence. On Alumni Day, April 28, 2007, UCSF Nursing Press (website) will launch the first complete history of the School. (For preview chapters of the book by associate dean emerita Marilyn Flood, see "Looking Back" (lkgback.htm) and "Proclaiming Our Work a Science" (ourwrk.htm) from the School's Science of Caring magazine.)

Our centennial observances will culminate in June 2007 with Graduation/Commencement events, a Doctoral Graduate Reunion and Symposia (see reunion website), and an evening Gala Celebration featuring Rita Moreno in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin St. Francis Hotel at Union Square (see gala website).

Centennial Street Banner, photo

San Francisco celebrates the School of Nursing centennial with street banners nearby in the Sunset District and a floral display at the historic Conservatory of Flowers (1879) in Golden Gate Park.
Conservatory of Flowers, SF

Blood Drive - "100 Pints for 100 Years in 100 Days"

(Also see:  News Story)


The School of Nursing celebrates 100 Years of Excellence this year. In keeping with our long history of concern for communities, we will commit help to our local community, through a special program called "100 Pints for 100 Years in 100 Days."
Dean Kathy Dracup and Associate Deans Dorrie Fontaine and Zina Mirsky will donate blood at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, to kick-off our campaign in support of the UCSF Blood Center.
We challenge our faculty, staff, and students to donate a pint of blood during our Centennial. 100 Pints for 100 Years in 100 Days -- this is our goal!
Join us in donating a resource which is priceless - one pint will save the lives of as many as three people in need.
The UCSF Blood Center, located on the " I " Level in the Millberry Union Bldg., 500 Parnassus Ave., is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. on Saturday; telephone (415) 353-1809.
The nurses assure a quick and painless process - plan on using around 20 minutes for information-gathering and 10 minutes for donation.
When you register, the Blood Center will acknowledge you as a participant in the 100 Pints program, and we will be on our way to success!

For the School's mission and history, see the following web page:

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