UNCG School of Nursing alumni Devon Lofters ’10 and Christine Ritter Hinshaw ’90 are part of a legacy that is making an impact right here in Greensboro. Lofters is director of Cone Health’s Surgical ICU, and Hinshaw serves as care coordinator at Moses Cone Hospital.
The mid-1960s were a transformative time for nursing in North Carolina, as UNCG’s associate degree program – the first in the state – gave way to an innovative baccalaureate program, and the nursing department became a full-fledged School of Nursing.
Now, half a century later, UNCG’s School of Nursing is celebrating its history and tradition of excellence with a weekend of festivities for alumni and students.
The 50th anniversary celebration kicks off on Friday, April 7, with a gala at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. On Saturday, the School of Nursing will host a daylong event for alumni and students to take a walk down memory lane, attend educational sessions that provide continuing education credit and hear about the state of the school from Dean Robin Remsburg.
Hundreds of Spartans have already registered for the events, with some School of Nursing graduates traveling across the country to attend.
The 50th anniversary is not just a celebration of the past – it’s a platform to share the school’s vision for the future. And the school is already looking ahead.
This past fall, the Union Square Campus – a public-private partnership to educate students and medical professionals – opened downtown. The facility houses UNCG’s new doctor of nursing practice program that prepares nurse practitioners, nurse executives and certified registered nurse anesthetists.
Last spring, North Carolina voters passed a bond that will fund a new Nursing & Instructional Building. The facility, slated to open in July 2020, will bring all undergraduate and graduate nursing programs on campus together under one roof.
But it’s not the state-of-the-art buildings that are the focus of Remsburg. It’s the next generation of nurses that will learn in those buildings and then go on to make a tangible difference in our region, state and beyond.
“Across the nation, there is great need to produce nurses who are change agents and who will embrace change,” Remsburg said. “You’ll see us continue to launch new and innovative programs to meet the future needs of nursing and our health systems.”
A limited number of tickets are available for this weekend’s 50th anniversary events. Alumni are invited to register at alumni.uncg.edu/nursing50.
To learn more about the UNCG School of Nursing, visit nursing.uncg.edu.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian and Mike Harris, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications