50 years ago, the UofM Nursing program was established to meet needs of nurses in the region. Over 50 years, nursing has been advanced and transformed:
- We grew from the first class of 25 nursing students in 1967 to more than 1,000 in 2017;
- We transformed from a department offering associate degree in nursing in 1967, to the first RN-BSN program in 1977, became a school in 1984, 1990 the school name was changed to Loewenberg School of Nursing in recognition of Loewenberg family's commitment to nursing; In 2015, we elevated the school to Loewenberg College of Nursing.
- We expanded our reach from one campus to two. The Lambuth program in Jackson from 6 students in 2012 to now over 100 students, and most of the BSN graduates stay right in the area where better educated nurses are in high demand!
- We moved from nine different locations to one place, our home, the $60M Community Health Building."
- We advanced our academic nursing from offering programs to provide nationally ranked programs.
- We have broadened our impact and partnerships from local to national and now to global.
For 50 years, the Loewenberg College of Nursing has prepared caring, compassionate, and capable graduates that are ready to meet the ever-changing needs of health care. We celebrated the first 50 years of Memphis nursing on October 20, 2017 at the 50th Anniversary Gala in the University Center Ballrooms with about 200 guests.
During the event, we debuted the LCON History video and enjoyed hearing from award winning broadcast journalist turned caregiver, Mary Ellen Geist. We also paused to celebrate current and past leaders who played a significant role in our first 50 years.
Our achievements come from collective efforts and wisdoms – our faculty, students, staff, academic nursing partners, and community leaders and supporters. Thank you to our sponsors:
Gold Sponsor: Lichterman-Loewenberg Foundation
Silver Sponsors: Baptist Hospital & Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
- Dean Lin Zhan
- Dr. Niles Reddick
- Executive Leadership MSN Program
- Judy C. Martin with the Shelby County Health Department
- Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
- Methodist Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
- University of Memphis Alumni Association
- West Tennessee Health Care