Founded in 1923, YSN became the first school within a university to prepare nurses under an educational rather than an apprenticeship program. Dean Annie Goodrich's insistence that her students came to Yale to learn a highly skilled profession rather than to provide extra hands to already trained nurses was truly revolutionary. The school continued to spawn new ideas that have helped redefine nursing: the groundbreaking research of Virginia Henderson, the founding of the American hospice movement by Dean Florence S. Wald, the advancement of clinical trials in nursing with leadership from Rhetaugh Dumas, and the first "graduate entry" system that enlivened nursing practice by attracting mature students with varied and rich life experiences.
YSN students in 1926
YSN students today
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Yale School of Nursing graduates have consistently high national certification pass rates. Over the past three years the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) students have had a 94-97% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. The APRN specialty students’ pass rates ranged from 80-100% on their respective national specialty examination, with most achieving over 90% during the past three years.