FAMU School of Nursing holds 80th anniversary celebration
Submitted by Veronique George Alumni
The FAMU School of Nursing hosted its 80th anniversary celebration during the weekend of June 16-17, 2017. The events included a welcome reception, the Rattler Nurses’ Breakfast, and a commemorative banquet.
The FAMU School of Nursing is the oldest continuing baccalaureate nursing program in Florida, as well as the oldest program of its kind among historically Black colleges and universities. The illustrious school continues to make progress as it kicked off 2017 with its first male dean in the school’s history — Henry C. Talley, Ph.D.
Along with celebrating 80 years of success, the school was recently ranked among the nation’s “Top 20 Best Value Nursing Programs” by BestValueSchools.com.
It was also listed as one of the top 25 schools in the Eastern region by the Nursing Journal.
In attendance was Helen Heathington, a 1949 alumna, one of the school’s oldest living graduates, who celebrated FAMU as a place “where you can become the most well-rounded nurse it is possible to be.”
Speakers for the weekend included the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education inductee Georgie Labadie, a 1957 graduate, and Dionne Williams, a 2015 graduate, pursuing a nursing research doctorate through a partnership with FAMU and Case Western Reserve University.