After recent approval from the University of California Board of Regents, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has announced their new Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. UCI’s nursing school is now the fourth nursing school in the UC system and their newly achieved school status is well deserved as the nursing program celebrates 10 years of educating future nurses.
The nursing school’s founding dean, Adeline Nyamathi, says their new prestigious school status will enable the nursing program to move strongly toward its vision which largely involves expanding nurse-managed community clinics. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman told the LATimes.com, “The campus has long desired to have our nursing program become a school. A terrific combination of public and private support will ensure a top-quality education for many more talented students – and enable us to hire nursing field leaders to train them – to help fill the pipeline of prepared healthcare professionals.”
Establishing the UCI nursing school was made possible by a $40 million gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation which is the largest gift in UCI history. Thanks to their generous donation, UCI will be able to construct a state-of-the-art nursing building to increase classroom size and research space. Official plans for the new building haven’t been announced by the school hopes to break ground in the next couple of years.
UCI’s School of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. To learn more about Sue and Bill gross, and their contributions to UCI’s nursing program, visit here.