Five graduates of the original Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing reflect on their education and their work as Kaiser Permanente nurses.
At the end of World War II when our health plan opened to the public, qualified nurses were in short supply so Kaiser Foundation established a nursing school in 1947 to help alleviate the shortage. The school went on to train a diverse pool of 1,065 nurses over the course of its nearly 30-year history and graduated its last class in 1976.
Today, Kaiser Permanente’s Nurse Scholars Academy continues that commitment to education. The academic partnership program offers working nurses in Northern California an opportunity to earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
The legacy of a Kaiser Permanente nursing education is captured in this award-winning video that features five Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing graduates. They share their experiences as nursing students and as Kaiser Permanente nurses, highlighting the underlying truth that first and foremost nursing is about providing extraordinary, heartfelt care for each patient.