Rosalee Yeaworth Interview and Transcript

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Rosalee C. Yeaworth, R.N., Ph.D., graduated from the University of Cincinnati and in 1979 came to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), as Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing. In her 20 years of service to UNMC, Yeaworth increased the opportunities for nursing education in greater Nebraska. A doctoral program was started and the door was opened for nurses to earn their master’s and doctoral degrees through distance learning methods. During her tenure as Dean, UNMC nursing campuses were established in Scottsbluff in 1987, and in Kearney in 1991, to allow the university to better serve the entire state with nursing education.

Yeaworth begins her interview describing her background, her decision to enter nursing and teaching in obstetrics after graduation. She details continuing her education in psychiatric nursing with NIMH funding and the career shift to administrative positions. She talks about being impressed with UNMC and the ability to have a state-wide program with distance learning, the nursing faculty becoming better qualified through advanced education and starting the nurse practitioner program. Yeaworth details the struggle with budget cuts to the nursing program and her efforts to save the program with visits via airplane to other campuses. She describes establishing nursing divisions state-wide, efforts to recruit men and community support against cutting the Lincoln division of the nursing program. Yeaworth discusses the nursing shortage’s effect on continuing education and the various awards she has received. Yeaworth concludes her interview discussing her activities during retirement including involvement with the Nebraska Center for the Nursing Board, AARP Nebraska health advocacy and the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the establishment of the Rosalee C. Yeaworth Teaching Award at UNMC.

Subject(s): College of Nursing
Yeaworth, Rosalee

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