Mary E. Eiche

Date of Award

Summer 1994

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Thorn, Carl G.

Second Advisor

Wong, Terrence

Third Advisor

Augusta, John J.


The history of nursing in the United States covers little more than a century, and, therefore, spans a brief time as histories go. This dissertation was researched and written in an attempt to add to that history. I have spent over a quarter of a century in service to the first associate degree nursing program in Wisconsin offered at Milwaukee Area Technical College. At the culmination of these years of service, I offer this historical research into that first program as a legacy to my colleagues in nursing and nursing education. Hopefully, this research will provide not only a benchmark describing past achievements, but will also identify many men and women in the state whose dedication to the program made its development and growth possible. Furthermore, the place federal funding has in health care is of special concern at this time. The history of the role federal funding has played in improving this nursing education program will also be useful in encouraging future financial support for these kinds of initiatives.



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