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History of the School

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  • 1954

    School of Nursing

    The School of Nurses of the Estudio General de Navarra was born in 1954. Classes began at the conference room conference room of the high school de Higiene (C/ Leyre), a place given by its director, Dr. José Viñes, after a agreement with the Diputación.

    The first management team of the School was formed by María Casal, the first director; María Jesús Domingo, head nurse; and Mariví Tabernero, administrative assistant. They were joined by Sagrario Aguinaga.

    School of Nursing
  • 1954

    First promotion

    In order to get female students, a advertisement was placed in the newspaper to announce that programs of study for Female Health Technical Assistants was starting at the Estudio General de Navarra. Twelve enrollments were expected that first year, and they doubled: there were 24.

    From the beginning, the nursing students were recognizable by their uniform. design by Flora Villarreal, a prominent Madrid dressmaker, was tobacco-colored (and not white, as was customary). The stripes on the coif indicated the course of the students.

    First promotion
  • 1955

    "Old School".

    Soon it was necessary to have more resources: facilities and a place to practice from the first year. In 1955 the Nursing classes (like those of Medicine) were moved to the so-called "Old School", a pavilion that was in disuse inside the Hospital de Navarra.

    To the first subjects, Anatomy Functional and General Pathology, were added General Biology, Human Histology, Microbiology and Parasitology and General Hygiene, thanks to the reinforcement provided by the incorporation of the Irish Eileen Maher and Angela Mouriz.

  • 1958

    "Escuela Nueva"

    In 1958, doctors and nurses moved to the "Escuela Nueva", the first building of the future University.

    The arrival that year of Dr. Eduardo Ortiz de Landázuri to Medicine was also a boost for the School.

  • 1960

    Specialities

    In 1960, the specialties in Nursing began with Midwifery. Later, Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Pediatrics, operating room, Intensive Care, Internal Medicine and Clinical Analysis.

    Specialities
  • 1961

    First phase of the Clinic

    In November 1961, the construction of the 1st phase of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra was completed. Nursing practices were then divided between this first phase, Pavilion F (transferred a few years earlier) and the general services of the Hospital de Navarra itself.

    First phase of the Clinic
  • 1968

    Instructors

    In 1968 the role of the instructor was created in the School: nurses who have studied a specialization program and with great experience; they are in charge of the teaching internship of the students, guiding them from the professional point of view and staff.

    Instructors
  • 1974

    Course for staff professor

    Between November 29 and December 1, 1974, the I Course for staff professor of Nursing Schools was held at the University. A national meeting attended by more than 200 professionals from all over Spain.

    Course for staff professor
  • 1977

    University school

    In 1977, the Schools of Nursing finally reached university status in Spain. The duration of the programs of study remained at 3 years, but a new Study program was approved with subjects more related to the degree program and more practical.

    University school
  • 1989

    First international agreement

    In 1989 the School of Nursing signed the first agreement with the University of Edinburgh. The agreement allowed the realization of programs of study from doctorate, something that was not yet possible in Spain.

    First international agreement
  • 1995

    Student Symposium

    On March 10-11, 1995, the School organized the I Symposium for Nursing Students, which gathered 375 participants.

    Student Symposium
  • 2002

    Palliative Care

    In 2002, subject Palliative Care began to be taught at the School.

    Palliative Care
  • 2004

    First Doctor of Nursing

    In March 2004 Amparo Zaragoza defended the first thesis in Nursing of the University. She did it in Glasgow (England) on the Nursing Care Process, becoming one of the first PhDs in this discipline in Spain.

    First Doctor of Nursing
  • 2007

    María Egea Chair

    In 2007, the Chair María Egea was created in Nursing with the aim of promoting the research in Nursing.

    María Egea Chair
  • 2007-2008

    Masters program

    In 2007-2008 he started the Master's Degree at Nursing Science; in 2010-2011 it changed its name to Master's Degree from research and internship Advanced Nursing; and in 2013-2014 it became Master's Degree at internship Advanced and management Nursing.

    Masters program
  • 2009

    Undergraduate degree program

    In 2009 the diploma program was transformed into Degree, going from 3 to 4 courses. The programs of study of Nursing was equalized to the rest of the disciplines and it became possible to access programs of study from Master's Degree and doctorate. Mercedes Díez del Corral was the director of the School at that time.

    Undergraduate degree program
  • 2010-2011

    School

    In the 2010-11 academic year, the Ministry of Education approved the change in the name of the School to School. The director became dean. The first was Mercedes Díez del Corral, who since 2011 has alternated at position with Maribel Saracíbar.

    School
  • 2011-2012

    doctoral program

    In the 2011-2012 academic year, the School launched the Master's Degree in Palliative Care.

    That year, also, the first doctoral program was approved at Nursing Science. The first thesis began to be defended in 2015.

    doctoral program
  • 2013

    "International Nursing Program

    In 2013, the "International Nursing Program" was launched, a commitment to the internationalization of the School offering exchanges and internships during the summer.

    Since 2014, the School also offers the summer course "Nursing Summer School".

  • 2016

    Simulation Centre

    In 2016, the School inaugurated its Simulation Center, a commitment to High Fidelity Advanced Clinical Simulation as a complementary method of learning and assessment of students.

    Simulation Centre
  • 2022-2023

    Oncology

    This academic year 2022-23 has begun to be taught in the campus of Madrid of the University the Master's Degree in internship Advanced Nursing in Oncology. The first class has 20 students.

    Oncology

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SOME OF THE PIONEERS OF THE SCHOOL

María Casal, María Jesús Domingo, Sagrario Aguinaga and Mariví Tabernero formed the first management team of the then School of Nurses of the Estudio General de Navarra. As soon as the first course began in 1954, a new reinforcement arrived: the Irish doctor Eileen Maher.

In the 60s and 70s other pioneers arrived at School , such as Obdulia Rodríguez, Carmen López de la source, Amelia Fontán, Rosario Serrano, Carmen Adalid, Pilar Herranz, Concepción Brun, Mary Navarro, Rosa Udobro, María Luisa Pueyo, Ana Irujo or Guadalupe Arribas.

issue In addition, a number of nurses from the Clínica Universidad de Navarra collaborated closely, in that first stage of the School, in the nursing practices and in the different specialties, such as Camino Erice (Internal Medicine), Conchita Hernández (Psychiatry), Ana Osés (Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology), Ana Osés (Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology), Carmen Asiain (Intensive Care), Blanca Beorlegui (operating room), Josefina Escós (Pediatrics), Araceli Oroz (Cardiology) or María José Zabala (Coronary Unit). Without this partnership, often disinterested, the Degree of preparation of the nurses of our School would not have been achieved.

 

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* Click on the image to learn more about the pioneering women of the School   

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