Looking Back – Spring 2015
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Graduates, 1995
When Vermont College of Norwich University launched its upper-division Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in 1979, Nursing Division head Anita Ristau affirmed her long-standing goal to move nursing education even further into higher learning. The BSN program “lived” at its original home on the Vermont College campus through 1993, when President Richard W. Schneider—who had arrived at Norwich the year prior—moved the program to the Northfield campus. At the time, the BSN was still a two-year completion program. The Class of 1995 (pictured above, at graduation on the steps of Plumley Armory) was the first to commence nursing studies on the Hill, and that fall, NU welcomed its first four-year BSN freshman students.
Steeped in professional and liberal arts courses, and enhanced by practical training at local hospitals, Norwich’s nursing curriculum is aimed at promoting “scientific and humanistic understanding,” and prepares graduates for service throughout the full spectrum of the medical community. Despite the many changes to nursing education over the last half-century, a common rite of passage for all Norwich nursing graduates has been the venerated pinning ceremony (see inset). The Class of ‘95 will return to the Hill this fall for its 20th reunion. Are you in this photo? What memories do you have of your time as a student nurse? Send your Norwich nursing stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. – C. T. Haywood