Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Centennial 2023

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The 2023 Centennial of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing commemorates and celebrates 100 years of nursing education and leadership in Northeast Ohio, and the day in 1923 when Frances Payne Bolton announced her endowment of the School of Nursing at Western Reserve University.

Centennial Events

Jim Towey: To Love and Be Loved, A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will host author Jim Towey on Friday, June 23 at 3 p.m. to give a talk titled "Mother Teresa's Example of Living with Purpose." Towey is the author of "To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa.

This event is sponsored by the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy and will be held at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion of the Health Education Campus. A virtual option will also be available with a Zoom link sent closer to the event after a registration form is completed at this link.

Reception & HEC Open House

To celebrate the Centennial of the School of Nursing and help kick off Homecoming weekend, the school will host an open house October 13 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Please join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a tour of the school, including the Center for Nursing Education, Simulations and Innovation, as well as the Dorothy A. Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing Education. This event is open to the public.

Alumni Awards

The FPB School of Nursing Alumni Awards ceremony will be presented October 13 during the reception and open house time. Registration and more information will be available starting July 5th on the CWRU Alumni Association Homecoming website.

Centennial Gala

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing invites you to celebrate its centennial–100 years of advancing the nursing discipline in Cleveland and the world. A centennial gala event will be held October 14 at 6 p.m. on the Case Western Reserve University campus.

The goal of the centennial gala is to raise funds for student scholarships. Event attendees will have access to an auction of items, the proceeds of which will go directly to students. More information about items in the auction, how to bid remotely and more will be available soon.

To contribute an item to the Centennial Gala auction, submit this form.

If you plan to attend the Centennial Gala, please submit the following form:

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A History of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

For over 100 years, the higher education community of Case Western Reserve University has been host to a school of nursing. With roots in home health care and hospital settings, to state-of-the-art academic facilities, students have been learning from the very best for over a century.

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Travel Information

Heading to Cleveland to celebrate with us?

The School of Nursing is in the process of reserving blocks of rooms at a few area hotels near main campus.

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Share your School of Nursing story!

Are you an alumni? A current student? Do you have historic photos or documents from the School's history you might like to share?

Donate and Sponsorships

Has the School of Nursing made an impact in your life?

Consider a donation to the Student Scholarship Fund! Your contribution generates much-needed revenue to support the school's Student Scholarship Fund. This fund assists individual nursing students learning to practice nursing and become leaders in the local, regional and national nursing fields.

Interested in a corporate or organizational sponsorship? Visit the "Corporate Sponsorships for the Centennial Gala webpage.


A Conversation with Nursing Icons and Black History Makers

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing celebrated Black History Month and kicked off the Centennial Year on Feb. 27, 2023, with a panel discussion at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. The panel featured three distinguished alumni, Barbara NicholsBetty Smith Williams, and May Wykle. Photos from the event can be found here. A video recording of the discussion will be available soon.


Executive in Residence: Margaret Fitzgerald

In partnership with the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship, Fitzgerald presented a keynote address, "The Difference Between Entrepreneur and Intraprenuer." Fitzgerald also participated in mini events throughout the week, including "Career Advice For Junior Students," "The Nurse Entrepreneur: Business Plans and Investing," "Follow Your Hunch" with FPB instructor Shanina Knighton, and a luncheon with NP students. Fitzgerald is founder of Fitzgerald Health Education Associates. She is an alumna of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing DNP program and member of the Shaughnessy Academy's Global Advisory Board. A video recording of the discussion will be available soon.


Global Perspectives: Nursing and Healthcare in Ghana

The School of Nursing was proud to host Christian Makafui Boso, PhD, RN, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from the School of Nursing & Midwifery, College of Health & Allied Sciences at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana on April 25. A video recording of the discussion will be available soon.

The Future of AI in Nursing 

The School of Nursing, in partnership with the Veale Institute, hosted a panel discussion on the research, clinical, teaching and societal implications of artificial intelligence in nursing featuring Chitra Dorai, PhD, the CEO and founder of Amicus Brain, along with FPB faculty members Shanina Knighton, PhD, RN, CIC, associate research professor; Kylie Meyer, PhD, assistant professor; and Joachim Voss, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, professor and PhD program director. The event was also held April 25. A video recording of the discussion will be available soon.



Global Nursing Leadership: Translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into Action

A virtual town hall discuss on global nursing contributions to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals was held May 10. The discussion was be moderated by Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the International Council of Nurses and included 5 FPB alumni from around the world, including Zeina Kassem, DNP (NURS '20), from the United Arab Emirates; Ana Solano Lopez, PhD (GRS '16, nursing), from Costa Rica; Norman Carl Stewart, PhD, MSN (GRS '19, '17, nursing), from Botswana; Piyanee Yobas, PhD, MSN (GRS '01, '96, nursing), from Singapore; and Miklos Zrinyi, PhD (GRS '99, nursing), from Hungary.