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Mount Celebrates 55 Years of Nursing Education

Sept. 19, 2007 -- Nursing education pioneer Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) celebrates 55 years of leading-edge nursing programs at a Sept. 29 event, A Big Band Evening Under the Stars, which will be held on the College's historic Doheny Campus in downtown Los Angeles.

Mount Saint Mary’s University is the first in the state of California to offer a bachelor of science in nursing, graduating its first class in 1952. The College will recognize several members of the inaugural bachelor's of science class at the gala dinner, auction, and dance.

The College also will honor former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan for his commitment to addressing the ongoing nursing shortage in California. All proceeds from the event will provide scholarships for nursing students at the Mount.

"A lot has changed over the last 55 years," said College President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "But one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to prepare nurses with both the skills and the compassion to be exceptional professionals. We are grateful for the support Richard Riordan has also shown to the college and to nursing education across the state."

Most of the Mount's nursing graduates return to their own neighborhoods—areas that need well trained and qualified nurses—to pursue their professional careers. "We're very proud that 95 percent of all of our nursing graduates stay in Southern California," Doud said. "We have more than 3,000 alumnae employed in health care in the greater Los Angeles area."

One hallmark of the College's nursing education is the Roy Adaptation Model, a holistic approach to nursing that was developed at the College in the 1970s by Sister Callista Roy, former MSMU Nursing Department chair. Today, Mount nursing students take courses in ethics, bioethics, and sociology, and learn how important it is to treat mind, body and soul.

With its 2008 launch of an associate-to-master's "bridge" program, the College will offer five nursing programs that confer degrees ranging from associate to master's.

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