North Dakota State University, Fargo, nursing program celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As part of the homecoming program Sister Maura DeCrans, a member of the first NDSU nursing class, and Madeline Iversen, a current senior in the program, offered a dialogue centered on the then and now of nursing education. Prominent in their presentation was the current place of technology not only in patient care but also in the learning of nursing skills. Also emphasized was the unchanging emphasis on relationships, compassion and quality.
Presentation ties with nursing at NDSU continued over the years. Sister Mary Margaret Mooney, who chaired the anniversary committee, was department chair and professor of nursing at NDSU 2002-2009. In 2007, faculty and students at NDSU created the Presentation Sisters Nursing Scholarship in recognition of the Sisters’ services in health care in the state. One of the founding purposes of the Fargo convent in 1882 was “Nursing and caring for indigent or friendless sick persons.” This purpose was actualized in the establishment of hospitals, nursing homes and residences for the elderly.
- Sisters Maura DeCrans and Mary Margaret Mooney