50 Years of Excellence

In 1972, Dean Margretta Styles, Ed.D., RN, participated in combined “groundbreaking” ceremonies for the nursing and dental buildings.

Exciting Future Rising from Strong Foundation

Over the last 50 years, dynamic leaders, faculty and students created an exceptional foundation for the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio. Our innovative present and transformative future are based on this foundation of excellence.

The record of the first 50 years of the School of Nursing is impressive. Yet it is but a beginning, a foundation for the future. “History will continue to record the role of The University of Texas School of Nursing at San Antonio in the future of nursing,” said Ruth Stewart, school archivist and historian.

Major social, political and environmental influences have shaped our school since its beginnings. Myriad internal and external pressures have impacted health, nursing, higher education, the university and the nursing school. These major influences include the acute shortage of nurses following World War II. This shortage prompted state-level studies in 1956 and 1963, culminating in 1969 with the creation of the School of Nursing.

In 1969, Americans walked on the moon and the Texas Legislature established The University of Texas System School of Nursing, with a San Antonio campus comprising this new nursing school system.

This special 50th anniversary issue of Tribute magazine captures the beginnings and evolution of the nursing school, and the excellence achieved in education, discovery, care and community engagement between 1969 and 2019.


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In the 2019 issue of Tribute

Tribute is the official magazine for the alumni and friends of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Read and share inspiring stories highlighting our alumni, faculty and students who are revolutionizing education, research, patient care and critical services in the communities they serve.

View the 2019 issue

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