School of Nursing timeline
In celebration of our 20th anniversary in 2019, school staff put together a timeline of achievements and milestones from our history.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing commences in the Department of Psychological Medicine – the first time nursing is taught at the University of Auckland.
- Tony O’Brien is employed to coordinate mental health postgraduate courses.
- Specialist librarian Lorraine Nielson provides library support for teachers and students in the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health - the beginning of a long association with the School of Nursing.
- Division of Nursing (later School of Nursing) established at 85 Park Road.
- January: Judy Kilpatrick and Margaret Horsburgh employed as Directors of Nursing.
- July: First postgraduate course in nursing starts, 'Evidenced Based Clinical Assessment and Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses'.
- Master of Nursing commences.
- Semester One: first intake of Bachelor of Nursing students.
- The Advanced Nursing Practice course is offered in Auckland and Waikato.
- 'NURSING 706: Phamacology and Pharmaconetics', the first Nurse Practitioner prescribing course starts.
- 'GENPRAC 770: Health Services for Elderly People' is offered as multi-disciplinary paper.
- First New Zealand Nurse Practitioner: Deborah Harris.
- Introduction of the PhD in Nursing.
- Introduction of an interdisciplinary Māori Health.
- First five students to complete the Master of Nursing.
- November: First Bachelor of Nursing cohort completed.
- The school welcomes its first Professor of Nursing Mental Health – Frances Hughes (2002 – 2003).
- Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) introduced.
- Postgraduate nursing is offered in Northland.
- Palliative Care multidisciplinary papers developed.
- Jane Bebbington, RN awarded Dennis Pickup Clinical Educator Award - a first for the school.
- Anna King is the first student to complete the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) at our University.
- Postgraduate nursing is offered in Taranaki.
- First Nurse Practitioner Prescriber in New Zealand – Paula Renouf.
- Postgraduate nursing is offered in Tauranga.
- School of Nursing moves to ECOM House on Ferncroft St.
- Two nursing conjoint degrees are now on offer – Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Science.
- Anna King is the first student at the University of Auckland to go into a PhD in nursing from the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).
- Merryn Gott is appointed as the school's first Professor of Research.
- Postgraduate nursing courses now offered in Otago.
- The school moves from the ECOM building back to Grafton Campus, 85 Park Road.
- The University of Auckland's School of Nursing has the highest number of research staff of any nursing school in New Zealand.
- Introduction of first Registered Nurse Designated Prescriber course.
- The school offers the first Symposium for Safe Prescribing with the School of Pharmacy.
- School of Nursing is ranked 32nd for nursing in the QS World rankings by subject.
- The Nurse Practitioner Training Programme starts.
- Associate Professor Judy Kilpatrick retires as Head of School.
- Professor Alexandra (Sandie) McCarthy is appointed as Head of School.
- Professor Sandie McCarthy resigns.
- July: Dr Julia Slark appointed Head of School.
- School of Nursing is ranked 36th for nursing in the QS World rankings by subject.