School of Nursing dedicates new King Conference Room
Helen King, PhD, RN, emeritus dean, School of Nursing, prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon to the entrance to the new King Conference Room.
During a special ceremony held September 29, the School of Nursing dedicated the new King Conference Room.
Named in honor of Helen King, PhD, RN, emeritus dean, School of Nursing, the conference room is on the main hall of the nursing wing of West Hall.
Guests to the dedication ceremony were welcomed by Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN, dean of the School.
“The King Conference Room is being dedicated to Dr. King for her unselfish love and service to faculty and students, and for years of leadership in building the School of Nursing to become what it is today,” she said.
Jeff Leeper, MAc, CPA, assistant dean of finance, LLUSN, provided a brief history of the conference room. Prior to being converted to a conference room, the location was an outdoor sitting area that was subject to periodic flooding.
Over this past summer, several renovation projects, including the new conference room, were under way at the School.
After Mr. Leeper’s presentation, Elizabeth Bossert, DNS, RN, associate dean of the graduate program, LLUSN, gave a tribute to Dr. King and what she was able to accomplish at the School.
“Personally, I benefited from your vision and encouragement,” said Dr. Bossert.
“Without it, I might not have had the courage to engage in doctoral study and move forward in my career. I believe there are many others here who could tell the same story.
“The name of this room will always remind faculty and students of the many things you have done for the School of Nursing. Equally importantly, it will always remind us of you and the care you have demonstrated in so many ways to each of us personally.”
Dynnette Hart, DrPH, RN, associate dean of the undergraduate program, LLUSN, gave prayer, and guests were treated to lunch.
Following the ceremony, Dr. King thanked her husband, Bill, for always being there for her.
“Bill put his own career on hold and encouraged me all along the way,” she said. “He listened to my concerns and prayed with me. We did this together.”
Dr. King also thanked the LLUSN faculty, staff, and administration for their dedication.
“You make the School of Nursing what it is—a place where nurses are educated, nurtured, challenged, encouraged, supported, listened to, fed, broadened, and trained,” she said.
Dr. King retired last year after serving as dean of the School of Nursing for 24 years. She earned the bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1959 and the master of science degree in nursing and teaching in 1965 from Loma Linda University; and the doctor of philosophy degree in biology from Boston University in 1973.
Even before beginning her doctoral studies, she was honored in 1968 as one of the “outstanding young women of America.” Her professional experience includes a rich history of nursing, teaching, and administrative experience: hospital nurse at Loma Linda Sanitarium and Hospital and at White Memorial Hospital; teacher at Southern Missionary College, LLU, Boston University School of Nursing, Boston College School of Nursing, and Atlantic Union College; research consultant at New England Memorial Hospital; and administrator at Atlantic Union College and LLU.
In 1981, Dr. King was appointed dean of the LLU School of Nursing. She brought to this position personal devotion to the comprehensive mission of the University and unwavering commitment to excellence in the art and science of nursing. During a tenure of nearly a quarter of a century as dean, her steady and capable leadership remained grounded in the principles upon which the School of Nursing was founded a century ago.
Under her leadership, the School grew substantially in size and complexity. Included among the programs that were added to the standard nursing curriculum during the past quarter of a century are accelerated and intensive bachelor of science degree programs designed for students with non-nursing baccalaureate preparation, a master of science degree program that offers a number of advanced-practice clinical and administration options, programs that combine nursing with master’s level study in public health and biomedical and clinical ethics, and a doctor of philosophy degree program in nursing.
Dr. King has also served the broader academic community and the nursing profession as a member of major University committees, boards, and councils; chair and member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing taskforces and commissions; member of the American Nurses’ Association, National League for Nursing, Association of Seventh-day Adventist Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau; site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; and international site visitor on behalf of the Adventist Accrediting Association.
By Dustin R. Jones, MA