Nursing Council Founding member group photo

The Nursing Advisory Council (NAC) is founded.

Group of graduate students

The graduate program in Nursing Administration is developed, giving students the opportunity to develop into nurse leaders.

ROTC Student Group Photo


A huge need for critical care nurses is filled by the School of Nursing’s critical care track, one of the first in the country.

The first ROTC cadet enrolls in the School of Nursing.


The School of Nursing’s first study abroad program takes three students, Bernadette Pawelek (BSN, ’87), Yolanda Jimenz (BSN, ’86), and Sheila Weiss (MSN, ’86) and faculty member, Ruth Stewart, MSN, RNC, to Australia.

Newspaper clip of International Activities for School of Nursing students and faculty.
Patty Hawken speaking at the NLN conference


Patty L. Hawken, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is voted President-Elect for the National League for Nursing. Her two-year term as President to commence at the 1989 NLN Convention in Seattle, Washington.

Group photo of PhD students
President John P. Howe III, and Dean Patty L. Hawken, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, with the first Ph.D. Class.


A Ph.D. program in clinical research is approved by the UT Board of Regents.


A new program enables eligible students to earn a bachelor’s degree while earning a Masters of Science in Nursing.