Oral Histories

Interview of Lulu Wolf Hassenplug

Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing.
UCLA School of Nursing's Founding Dean
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA Faculty
UCLA Administration
Biographical Note:
Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing.
Goodfriend, Judi
Hassenplug, Lulu Wolf
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Stafford L. Warren; Hassenplug refuses to be director of nursing service for the UCLA Hospital; working with the medical school faculty; presenting the plan for a school of nursing to the Academic Senate; appointment as dean of the School of Nursing in 1949; working with the California State Board of Nurses Examiners to modify certification criteria; bringing Esther Lucile Brown and Margaret Bridgeman to UCLA; recruiting the first class; changing the nursing-student uniform; nursing programs begin in community colleges in the early 1950s; the UCLA master's program in nursing; problems in differentiating between nurses with different educational backgrounds; differences between UCLA's nursing education and programs at other universities; entrance requirements; nursing education in the Master Plan for Higher Education; the opening of the UCLA Center for Health Sciences; conflicts with the School of Medicine physicians over nursing-student responsibilities in the UCLA Hospital; Robert Gordon Sproul asks Hassenplug to advise the committee on educational policy on nursing education in the University of California system; Franklin D. Murphy; medical men in university administration biased against nursing schools; working with Shirley Titus and the California Nurses Association to develop the licensed vocational nurse program; working with the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education; the Western Council on Higher Education for Nursing (WCHEN); fundamental transformations of nurses' self-images; WCHEN prepares an intensive study of the UCLA School of Nursing program; a two-year post-master's program in nursing; difficulties in getting faculty promotions; the University of California refuses to approve the School of Nursing doctoral program; marrying Harry Hassenplug; public health nursing in Alaska; planning for a School of Nursing building; Murphy opposes expansion of the School of Nursing; helping University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing revise its curriculum; awards and honors; decision to take an early retirement in 1968; organizing professional support for the School of Nursing; Murphy leaves UCLA and his plan to close the School of Nursing is dropped; professional activities after retirement; UCLA School of Nursing after Hassenplug's retirement; a doctoral program is finally approved.