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New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing

The New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing (commonly referred too as Rory Meyers) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing and clinical experience.

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
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Parent institution
New York University
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DeanEileen Sullivan-Marx


Early courses in 1923 ranged from Education in Health and Education in Accident Prevention to courses in the Physical Education Department.

Vera Fry became Director of the Nursing Education Curriculum in 1944 and was the first to articulate goals and philosophy for a nascent nursing department. Under her leadership, the Department of Nursing was established in 1947.

In 1954, Martha E. Rogers became chair of the Department of Nurse Education. With Rogers’s leadership, NYU became one of the first universities to treat nursing as a science with a distinct body of knowledge developed through research. Rogers’s groundbreaking model for the Science of Unitary Human Beings provided a theoretical basis for nursing practice, education, and research. She served NYU as a professor and head of the Division of Nursing until 1975, continuing as professor until her retirement in 1979.

Estelle Massey Osborne, assistant professor of nursing at NYU, made lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, public health, administration, publication, research, and community service. In 1931, she became the first African American nurse to receive a master’s degree, awarded by Teachers College, Columbia University. In recognition of her leadership, promotion of her professional colleagues, and advancement of nursing, Osborne received many honors and awards, including Nurse of the Year from the NYU Division of Nursing and an honorary membership in the American Academy of Nursing in 1978.[1]

Erline P. McGriff became Division head in 1976. During the next decade, she and her successor, Patricia Winstead-Fry, directed a substantial expansion of the master’s degree program—in part by enhancing research involvement for graduate students.

Diane O. McGivern led as Division head from 1987 to 2001. Under her direction, new academic programs, community-based practices, expanded research initiatives, and growth took place. In the 90s, NYU Nursing initiated graduate clinical programs in advanced practice nursing. A school-based clinic opened in Brooklyn and the Midwifery Program was established. The Muriel and Virginia Pless Center for Nursing Research, the Martha Rogers Center for the Study of Nursing Science, and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing were established.[2]

In September 2005, NYU's Division of Nursing moved from the Steinhardt School of Education to form the College of Nursing within the College of Dentistry.

In June 2015, NYU’s Board of Trustees voted to move the College of Nursing to full college status as of the Fall 2015 academic year, becoming one of the three colleges in the new Faculty of Health.[3]

In April 2016, the school announced it would be renamed the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing after a $30 million contribution from Rose Marie "Rory" Meyers and her husband Howard Meyers.[4] The donation was the largest gift to an established school of nursing in the history of nursing education.[5]


  1. ^ "Estelle Massey Osborne (1901–1981) 1984 Inductee". American Nurses Association. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of the College". NYU College of Nursing. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
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  4. ^ "NYU to Rename Nursing School After $30 Million Donation". WSN. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  5. ^ "NYU". April 1, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.

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