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Sagrario Aguinaga, one of the first professors at Schools of Nursing and Medicine, passed away.

Expert in Morphology, worked as a nurse at the Clinic for more than 30 years.

22 | 03 | 2024

This morning he passed away in Pamplona Sagrario AguinagaShe was a pioneer in nursing and a promoter of translational medicine in her time.

Born in Pamplona (1925), Sagrario was a Red Cross Lady. She obtained the degree scroll in Nursing at the School of Medicine at the University of Zaragoza and prepared herself to teach the first promotions of the University School of Nursingwhich began operations on October 7, 1954.

In 1960 he began working in the laboratory of Hematologyinstalled in the School of Medicine. Two years later, with the relocation of the laboratories, it was incorporated into the first building of the Clinic. 

An expert in Morphology, Sagrario trained successive generations of nurses and assistants. Since her retirement in 1990, she coordinated for more than twenty years the committee from volunteer activitiesa service made up of former employees of the Clinic who collaborate on different floors accompanying patients who are alone.

Inmaculada Colina, a specialist in Internal Medicine at the Clinic, remembers Sagrario as follows:

"I did not know Sagrario's professional beginnings directly, but I did know indirectly through what has been written about how the Clinic was started in the famous "F Pavilion" of the Hospital and of so many people who participated, with their effort and illusion, in the construction of this institution in which we are now working. Many have had their well-deserved recognition. Sagrario was one of those people moved by her convictions and by the desire to serve others, and who never spoke nor gave importance to her participation in that great challenge. This is the demonstration of one of her great qualities, which was the humility. She never gave importance to those years of effort and work, in which she trained a multitude of nurses and in which she was in direct contact with high position of the University that passed by her house to visit her mother (Felisa). She was also an exemplary mother, who after her young widowhood, struggled with great effort to raise her two children (Sagrario and Joaquín), and they responded with great success both in their careers staff and professionally.

At the Clinic he worked for many years at laboratory in Hematology, where he worked with two hands, alternating the hemogram tubes with his cigarette, with his efficiency and affable character, he won the affection of doctors, assistants, secretaries and nurses.. With the latter, he continued to meet after his retirement until recently, and with whom he recounted the great times he had over an aperitif.

My relationship with her was not professional, but one of friendship, because of her great friends among whom were my mother, my aunt Mercedes and her sister-in-law Antonieta. Sagrario was so special that she was not only a friend of our mothers, but she was also a friend of our mothers. was "integrated" into our family in such a way that he was a great pillar and example for all of us.not only her children, but also the next generation of grandchildren. She was "Aunt Sagrario" for all of us and we have all professed an intimate and familiar affection for her.

Kindness, humility, good sense, generosity, obedience, submission, humor and acceptance of her condition in the last period of her life, are some of Sagrario's qualities that have been an example to all.

Thank you, Aunt Sagrario for giving us so much. And may God reward you for all that you have done on this earth in a humble and silent way, as only great people know how to do it".

Ana Choperena, dean of the School de Enfermería, also wanted to pay tribute to Sagrario:

"From the School, we highlight the great work of Sagrario Aguinaga for nursing and its social recognition. Her welfare work, combined with teaching, helped to to encourage new nurse promotions thanks to its human facet, its service capacity and its commitment to the care of people in status of vulnerability.

We want to highlight the value of the contribution staff and professional of one of the great pioneers of our profession, who achieved the consideration of Lady of the Red Cross, a figure promoted by Queen Victoria Eugenia, and a sign of honor, submission and dedication to the sick".