June 29th, 2015
The IU Northwest School of Nursing is sad to announce the passing of Dean Emeritus Doris Blaney. Dr. Blaney served as Director and then Dean of the School of Nursing for approximately 30 years, having first been appointed Director of the Associate of Arts in Nursing Program in 1967. She oversaw the development of the (at that time revolutionary) one year certificate Family Health Practitioner Program (later changed to Family Nurse Practitioner), which continued until 1985. During her tenure, she also oversaw the development of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program that graduated its first class in 1983. Dr. Blaney served as President of the Indiana State Nurses Association from 1987-1989, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She was widely published, well respected by her colleagues, and an unparalleled advocate for nursing. Dr. Blaney will be greatly missed.