Rena E. Boyle Interview and Transcript

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Rena Boyle was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 9, 1914. In 1938, Boyle graduated from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois before receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing education in 1941, a master’s degree in educational psychology in 1946, and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 1953, all from the University of Minnesota. In January of 1967, Dr. Boyle joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center as the Associate Dean of Nursing before being named the first Dean of the School of Nursing in 1968. As Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Boyle led the push to expand the nursing programs to include associate and master’s degrees and initiated the nation’s first “Career Ladder” concept for nursing degrees, all of which helped alleviate the critical nurse shortage in Nebraska. Dr. Boyle also led the move from the School of Nursing under the College of Medicine to the autonomous College of Nursing in 1972 and was instrumental in establishing the Lincoln Division of Nursing in 1972 before her retirement in 1979.

The interview discusses the School of Nursing at the University of Nebraska in the mid-twentieth century.

Subject(s): Education, Nursing