Nursing Timeline


Sr. M. Martina Mastej, Academic Dean

Sr. M. Martina Mastej

Sr. M. Raynelda Makarewicz, President

Sr. M. Raynelda Makarewicz

Sr. M. Calasantia Pawlik, consultant from St. Mary Hospital, developed the nursing program

Sr. M. Calasantia Pawlik


Four-year nursing program launched, and first students admitted.

Sr. Calasantia (background) served as chair of nursing from 1962-1968

Historical photo of Nursing Classroom from 1962Nursing Instruction in 1962


Sr. M. Danatha Suchyta, President

President Suchyta portrait photo


First students graduate with bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Nursing Classroom in 1966

Nursing Instruction in 1966

Nursing students and instructor in 1966

Nursing classroom facility in 1966


Sr. M. Louanne Solobodowski named chair of the nursing department



National League for Nursing (NLN) approves the nursing baccalaureate program for full accreditation for eight years.

Nursing class pinning ceremony

Nursing pinning ceremony in 1970

Sr. M. Humilitas Gersztyn, RN, MSN, named chair of the nursing department.

Gersztyn named chair of nursing department in 1970


Noreen O’Neill, RN, PH.D, selected as department chair.

O'Neill named chair of nursing dept. in 1974

RN to BSN program established and applications from registered nurse applicants accepted. *Sr. Humilitas coordinator, with Peggy Shinkle, faculty member.

Peggy Shinkle


Sr. M. Francilene Van de Vyver, President

Van de Vyver named president


Disaster drill training for nursing students

Disaster Training in 1970

Nursing uniforms in the 1980s

Nursing uniforms in 1980


First master’s degree program in nursing established

North Central Association approves master’s in Nursing Administration Specialty and MSN/MSA dual degree.

Nursing in 1985


Nursing faculty launch baccalaureate program for Licensed Practical Nurses; the LPN to BSN. Marilee Smith, Program Coordinator.

Nursing in 1985


Student Mary Beth Kocsis learns how to give injections, from Mary Mitsch, faculty.

Mitsch and Kocsis

Dr. Julienne Hoff, RN, Ph.D., named Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health as well as Department Chair.

Nursing uniforms in 1980


Madonna’s First Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, receives permission to charter Kappa Iota Chapter. Dr. Dorothy Fox is first Chapter president.

1988 Sigma Theta Tau

Graduates recite the Nightingale Pledge at a pinning ceremony in the activities center.

Nightingale Pledge in 1988


Faculty members Therese Jamison, and Deborah Dunn with NP student Michelle Moccia.

Nursing uniforms in 1980

Mary Wawrzynski, RN, Ph.D., becomes Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health, and Department Chair.

Nursing uniforms in 1980


Madonna College renamed Madonna University and acquires the Angelo DiPonio building to house the Division of Nursing.

DiPonio ribbon cutting ceremony

Nursing Student’s Association charter revised to reflect new name Madonna University Nursing Students Association, MUNSA.

Nursing uniforms in 1980


Bishop Moses B. Anderson blesses the DiPonio building, with Elizabeth Stevens, Sr. M. Francilene, and Margaret DiPonio.

DiPonio blessing

Division of Nursing restructured as College of Nursing and Health.

First Hospice Program in the United States, developed by Program Chair Sr. Cecilia Eagan, SC, RN, Ph.D., launched. First hospice bachelor’s degrees awarded the following year.

Nursing faculty in 1992


International nursing education exchange program established with Edge Hill School of Health Studies in Liverpool, to the United Kingdom for professional enrichment and study.

Edge Hill


Hospice program expanded to award a graduate certificate and the first Master’s of Hospice degree in the nation.

Nursing in 1996

Michigan Campus Compact Venture Grant and Scholarship of Engagement Grant awarded for study abroad & community service learning experience in Liverpool, England and All Saints Neighborhood Community Center in Detroit.

Nursing students and faculty/staff


Trans-cultural Nursing Society established at Madonna, the Transcultural Nursing Center and library repository of the writings of Society Founder Sr. Madaline Leininger, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Dr. Leininger with Dr. Mary Wawrzynski, dean, and Sr. M. Franilene.

Trans Cultural Nursing Society

Hospice Advisory Board Members: Patricia Vint, Sr. Cecilia Egan, Jacky Brown, Kelly Rhoades, Department Chair, and Fr. John West.

Nursing students and faculty/staff


Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa, President

Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa


Dr. Teresa L. Cervantez Thompson, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, appointed as professor and Dean of the College of Nursing and Health.

Teresa Thompson Nursing Dean

Dr. Sue Hasenau, faculty, Chris Dearing, student

Nursing student and faculty


Mothers and daughters in nursing

Moms and Daughters

Nursing program achieves accreditation by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, for all under-graduate and graduate programs.

Nursing instruction


The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program launched as the University’s first doctoral degree. Dr. Nancy O’Connor, named program director.

DNP Announcement


First doctoral degrees conferred

Nursing Faculty 2011

Madonna University Faculty with Our Lady of Lourdes statue.

Faculty and Lourdes Statue

Students make first pilgrimage and service learning trip to Lourdes, France, where they provide care and support to travelers seeking emotional, spiritual and physical relief from health-related ailments.

Moms and Daughters


College of Nursing and Health kicks off 50th Anniversary with dedication of Nursing Simulation Lab in the Academic Building during University’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Graduate Clinic Lab and classroom completed and dedicated in the DiPonio Building.

DiPonio dedication

Mark Spiess of Health Care Weekly Review, presents the Award of Excellence in Nursing Education to Dr. Teresa L. Cervantez Thompson, dean and Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa, president.

Award of Excellence

Blessing of the hands

Blessing of the Hands

Sr. M. Maureen Pilecki (one of the first faculty) with nursing faculty members Sr. Victoria Indyk, Ph.D. and Jeanne Heatlie (wearing Sr. Victoria’s 1970 nursing uniform).

Faculty Pilecki, Indyk and Heatlie

Students and faculty on second pilgrimage to Lourdes, France.

Moms and Daughters