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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

1985 Distinguished Alumna

Marcia Dale, EdD, RN, FAAN
(BSN '60)


Marcia Dale passed away in 2012. Please see the memorial at the following link: In Memory of Marcia Dale

Marcia Dale graduated from the BS program, left Wyoming to pursue a master's degree at the University of Washington, and then completed her EdD at the University of Northern Colorado in 1981. She was on the School of Nursing faculty from 1961 to 1991 as a professor; she became familiarized to the role of dean by serving as associate dean in the school from 1983-85 and then again from 1990-91. It was at that point, that she became dean of the school. Dale has served as president of every professional nursing organization in Wyoming and she was on the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for seven years, three years as president. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1993, the third nurse from Wyoming to receive this honor. Dale's interest is in the history of nursing in Wyoming and at the university.

Highlights of Dale's career:
  • Continually updated the baccalaureate and master's curricula to address changes in the health care system

  • Introduced Betty Newman's conceptual framework of Total Person for curriculum organization

  • Received a grant with Beverly McDermott for summer workshop for seniors 65 of age and older

  • Brought the school through three successful national accreditation periods

  • Established a partnership with Ivinson Memorial Hospital for a summer externship

  • Planned and implemented the first transitional practicum using preceptors

  • Served on the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for seven years

  • Spearheaded development of expanded outreach programs through online teaching

  • Helped secure a $64,000 grant to develop online instruction

  • Initiated the online R.N./B.S.N. and M.S. Nurse Education degree programs

  • Oversaw the recruitment of top faculty and academic professionals

  • Enjoyed the reception of high marks for the School of Nursing from the Wyoming State Board of Nursing

  • Participated in the celebration of 50 successful years of the School of Nursing

  • Initiated a pilot group of eight additional B.S.N. students to address the nursing shortage

  • Introduced the Fish Philosophy to improve morale and communications

  • Received federal traineeship funding for graduate students yearly

  • Established a national Peer Group of 10 deans

  • Served as the first site visitor chairman for Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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