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Part Seven Teaching and Administration

After she left Clarkson in December 1956, Dorothy became a nursing arts instructor at Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing in Council Bluffs, Iowa until 1959. During her time there, Maxine Jacks, Assistant Supervisor to the School of Nursing, pushed Dorothy to pursue further education. Dorothy’s nursing education had been a 36-month program, like many others at that time. She decided to further her education and received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1955, and eventually her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The University of Omaha offered a Master of Science in Nursing Education equivalent to a strong program in Iowa City. Dorothy got a copy of the curriculum from Iowa and took the extra courses she needed, such as statistics and psychology, and earned that degree in 1959.

Dorothy’s career in medicine included a lot of continued education on her part as well as the creation of further continued education requirements in the field of nursing. She was involved in operating room advancements, the creation of nurse practitioner programs, had been a head nurse, and was hired by Dr. Milo Bail to serve as Director of Nursing and Allied Health, which was a medical technology program. Dorothy mainly taught a course in the history of nursing and a course in nursing education and supervision through the nursing school. She went on to develop an introductory course to health careers as health fields were changing dramatically at the time. She helped students get into all the various new fields like radiology, respiratory health, and occupational therapy in addition to running about 1,000 counselees a semester.

In 1968, struggling financially, the University of Omaha sought to merge with the University of Nebraska. Through this merger, three semi-autonomous institutions were created: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The merger was beneficial, but had a significant impact on university programs, including nursing. As part of the deal, UNL dropped its nursing program, which was then moved to UNMC with most of the other medical programs. This in turn broke up the College of Allied Health, and Dorothy became Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences at UNO, a position in which she remained until her retirement in 1989.

 

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Part Eight Retirement and Community Activism

After her retirement, Dorothy continued to help on campus with tasks like student registration. The University wouldn’t allow the work to be done completely voluntarily, so Dorothy happily worked for $1 an hour though she remembers it could be quite awful in the summer: “We were out there in the Field House with the flies…It was terrible! But you know, it was fun!”