New nursing school

School spirit

Nursing faculty, staff and students celebrate program’s elevated status

Eight eager nursing students in blue scrubs watch classmate Kathy Le carefully thread a catheter into the patient. He doesn’t blink when she pokes his vein – he’s a lifelike manikin, as they’re called in the profession.

Undergrad nursing students practice injections in Berk Hall at UCI. Steve Zylius / UCI

When Le, 20, successfully pricks the rubbery arm and hooks up the tubing on one try, her fellow students erupt in spontaneous cheers. “It’s exciting,” she says. “It’s my first time. Getting your techniques down and being confident in yourself is important before you deal with real patients.”

There’s been a lot of cheering at Berk Hall in recent weeks. Building on the highly ranked nursing science program established at UCI a decade ago, the new Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing was created by the University of California Board of Regents on Jan. 26.

A $40 million gift from the William & Sue Gross Family Foundation means the school will grow rapidly to address a federally identified need for 1.2 million new nurses in the next five years. As baby boomers grow older and veteran caregivers and professors retire, California and other parts of the Southwest are already seeing shortages.

The gift, the largest in campus history, will fund construction of a state-of-the-art facility with dramatically increased classroom and research space. The school also plans to double faculty size and student enrollment in the next 10 years and to expand nurse-managed clinics.

“The mood is ecstatic. The faculty and staff have worked so hard to reach all the important milestones to achieve school status,” said founding Dean Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi. “This will allow us to move forward much more strongly on our vision for the future.” Read more ...


Stellar UCI nursing program becomes a school

Expanded facilities and faculty will address urgent state and national shortages

Bernadette Abadilla

Bernadette Abadilla checks out fellow UCI nursing student Samantha Lee as Jon Frigillana, also a nursing student, watches. The top-ranked program has been elevated to a full-fledged nursing school by the UC regents.
Steve Zylius / UCI

The University of California Board of Regents today (Jan. 26) approved creating a nursing school at UCI from its highly ranked nursing program. Thanks to a $40 million gift from the William & Sue Gross Family Foundation, the school will grow rapidly to address a nationally identified need for 1.2 million new nurses in the next five years. As baby boomers grow older and veteran caregivers and professors retire, California and other parts of the Southwest are already seeing shortages.

“The campus has long desired to have our nursing program become a school, and we are thrilled that the day has come,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “A terrific combination of public and private support will ensure a top-quality education for many more talented students – and enable us to hire nursing field leaders to train them – to help fill the pipeline of prepared healthcare professionals.”

The foundation gift, the largest in UCI history, will fund construction of a state-of-the-art building, dramatically increasing classroom and research space. The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing also plans to double faculty size and student enrollment and to expand nurse-managed community clinics. Read more ....


Sue and Bill Gross commit $40 million to establish nursing school

Largest single gift ever to UCI will help address critical healthcare needs

Bill and Sue Gross

The $40 million gift from Sue and Bill Gross to establish a nursing school will help UCI address critical healthcare concerns.
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The William and Sue Gross Family Foundation has committed $40 million to the University of California, Irvine to establish a nursing school and assist in the construction of a new building to house it. The contribution, which will help the university address critical healthcare concerns, is the largest single gift ever to UCI.

“This visionary gift will have a significant, lasting impact on the health of our community, state and nation,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “As our society ages and depends more on primary care, the need for nurses is urgent. The Grosses’ support will result in a substantial expansion of UCI’s nursing program, ensuring a top-quality education for more talented, qualified students – and the leaders who train them – to help enrich the pipeline of prepared, skilled healthcare professionals.”

The gift will enable the continued growth and excellence of UCI’s nursing program, which has gained an admirable reputation since its founding less than a decade ago. The highly selective program – which offers fully accredited bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees – admitted just 4 percent of its undergraduate applicants in the fall of 2015 because of space limitations. In February 2015, NurseJournal.org named it as one of the top 10 programs in the western United States for quality, value and satisfaction, and its nurse practitioner faculty is consistently ranked within the country’s top 25.  Read more ....