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About Citizens School of Nursing...

Citizens School of Nursing was opened under the original name of Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing in late 1913 by Citizens General Hospital. Citizens General Hospital, originally established as Trinity Hospital, was chartered in December 1912. The School opened with two students under the direction of two “nurse executives” who were responsible for the Hospital and the School. The first formal graduation of six students was held in May 1917. Since that time, 2462 students have graduated.

In October of 1922, the Nurses Home was donated by the H. E. Kinloch family and furnished by the Hospital Auxiliary. In June 1962, the Aluminum Company of America presented their “Clubhouse” at 200 Freeport Road to the Hospital.

The early curriculum of the school was implemented with three formal nursing instructors, physicians, and hospital departmental supervisors. In the mid 1950s, the nursing faculty positions were expanded so that nursing instructors taught classroom theory and supervised clinical experience. The first male student was admitted in 1957, making this one of the early co-educational programs in Pennsylvania.

The School of Nursing earned its first accreditation from the National League for Nursing (NLN) Accreditation Council in 1960 and continues to enjoy the privilege of full accreditation.

The original 36-month curriculum has been revised often over the School’s history so that the educational program could keep pace with innovations in nursing and health care. Today the program is 2 years long and consists of 50 nursing credit equivalents and 24 earned college credits.

In November 2000, Citizens General Hospital closed and the ownership of Citizens School of Nursing was transferred to Allegheny Valley Hospital. The change of ownership of the School of Nursing was approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the NLN Accrediting Commission in early 2001.

Allegheny Valley Hospital, which is part of Allegheny Health Network, fully supports the School of Nursing. It provides hands-on clinical experiences in medical-surgical, critical care, oncology, mental health and emergency nursing. The School of Nursing as part of Allegheny Valley Hospital will strive to provide highly competent entry-level nurses to serve the Alle-Kiski Valley and greater Pittsburgh area for many years to come.

In the Spring of 2004, the School moved back to its original location at the Citizens Ambulatory Care Center in New Kensington, Pa., and the School’s facilities and offices were updated. 

 

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