Three Class of ’64 Alumnae Reflect on 50 Years in Nursing as Milestone Reunion Approaches
Representatives of a talented class that excelled in leadership, global health care, and patient care breakthroughs.
72 Year-Old U-M Nursing Alumna Leading Outreach Programs in Central America Isn’t Slowing Down
"I intend to keep doing this as long as I can," says Nancy Gillette of the health care outreach trips to Nicaragua she’s been organizing and participating in for more than fifteen years.
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After a nursing career in pediatrics, OB-GYN, hospice and school nursing, Gillette, a member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) Class of 1964, began volunteering with the Red Cross at disaster zones. It was during relief efforts after a 2001 earthquake in El Salvador that Gillette found the inspiration for her current work.
UMSN Alumna Reflects on Incredible Advancements of Neonatology During Her Career
Barbara Lanese was part of a team pioneering a groundbreaking treatment that improved survival rates for patients with heart and lung failure.
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“I started working in 1965, and neonatology was kind of a new field,” says Barbara Lanese, a member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s (UMSN) Class of 1964. “There were babies that were four or five weeks early and weighed maybe five pounds, and their survival was uncertain.”
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
“After working with people who were very ill and their families, I decided that I wanted to work with people to keep them from getting sick,” says Carol Loveland-Cherry.
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“There is a stereotype of a nurse in a uniform in a hospital," says Dr. Carol Loveland-Cherry. "Those are very important people, but in nursing there is a much wider range of opportunities. I chose working in the area of health promotion with families, infants, young children, and adolescents, primarily in schools and communities."