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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Now and Then

a look at 60 years of leadership in nursing education - spring 2007

By Chad Abraham Minnich and Joshua Jensen

As the Connell School celebrates 60 years of excellence in nursing education, we’re taking a moment to look back at where we’ve been, and look forward to where we are going. The photos below give a glimpse into the rich history of our school. Although much looks different today, we can’t help but notice that some things look very much the same.


Building a Foundation  The School of Nursing was founded in 1947 but not integrated into the Chestnut Hill campus until Cushing Hall was dedicated in 1960. The school was further fortified in 2003 with a significant financial donation, naming the school the William F. Connell School of Nursing.


Striking a Balance  BC students have always been able to integrate social and academic life. Those who attend Boston College enjoy a well-rounded college experience in addition to their nursing studies.


Knowledge for Practice  Although nursing has become more diverse in recent years, Boston College has always strived to integrate classroom theory with hands-on learning.


Caring for the Individual  In the Jesuit tradition, Boston College nurses have always worked to improve people's lives; while techniques continue to evolve, our goal remains the same.