The Legacy of Nursing at Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Foundation student nurses receiving their caps in 1954. Dorothea Daniels, the school’s first long-term director, far right, and instructor Claire Lisker, a 1951 graduate, second from right.

Kaiser’s School of Nursing: A 70-Year Legacy of Disruptive Innovation

D’Alfonso, Jim; Jones, Deloras; Moss, Terri
Nursing Administration Quarterly. 42(1):35-42, January/March 2018

Abstract:

A legacy project was launched in 2016 to research, capture, and record the history and voice of Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing alumni. The inspirational stories of these early nursing pioneers emerged within a disruptive and innovative health care system known as Kaiser Permanente. Led by a doctorally prepared nurse director, the new school boldly rejected the dominant social norms of the 1940s by welcoming minorities and offering an unprecedented curriculum that prioritized prevention, health promotion, and wellness over conventional institutionalized sick care models. Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing alumni became Kaiser Permanente’s earliest nurse leaders, educators, and care advocates. They helped revolutionize the key concepts of integrated patient care. As early innovators, many graduates pursued advanced degrees and were instrumental in defining expanded nursing roles, including the introduction of nurse practitioners in California. How Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing transcended the traditions and cultural norms of the day offers a reflective narrative on the enduring leadership attributes of disruptive innovation and the nurse executive’s role in reimagining care for future generations.

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The Legacy of Nursing, Honoring our Past – Short Version

The legacy of nursing at Kaiser Permanente is captured in the words, experiences and memories of some of our Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing graduates. They share their experiences as nursing students and as Kaiser Permanente nurses. Through their compelling interviews, they offer insightful and compassionate words of wisdom. They speak to the underlying truth that first and foremost nursing was and always will be – to provide extraordinary, heartfelt care for the patient.

 

The Legacy of Nursing, Honoring our Past – Long Version

The legacy of nursing at Kaiser Permanente is captured in the words, experiences and memories of some of our Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing graduates. They share their experiences as nursing students and as Kaiser Permanente nurses. Through their compelling interviews, they offer insightful and compassionate words of wisdom. They speak to the underlying truth that first and foremost nursing was and always will be – to provide extraordinary, heartfelt care for the patient.

 

Memorable Care Experience

At the core of nursing is that opportunity to deeply connect and support a patient during a time of great vulnerability and challenge. Here our alumni nurses speak from their hearts about those moments. Experiences that have stayed with them for a lifetime.