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Renovation of Meeting Room

Honored Nursing Professor’ Memory Lives On

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Honored Nursing Professor’ Memory Lives On
By: Jennifer De Jesus

Room 401-West has been renovated and upgraded! Equipped with a new Desktop Computer, a Flat Screen Television, and a Smart Board, this room will allow students and faculty to engage in increasingly interactive instruction. Formerly the location of the BESt 4.0 program, 401W will now be used as a conference room and classroom for the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.

The room will also serve as the new location for a plaque honoring the late Dr. Margaret Magnus, who was a nursing professor at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing for over twenty-five years. Dr. Magnus was very active in organizational work within CUNY, including President of The Faculty Delegate Assembly at Hunter College. Even after her retirement from CUNY, she served on the Presidential Advisory Commission of New York City Technical College (CUNY) and on the Executive Board of Alpha Phi Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Most importantly of all, however, was her role in leading nursing informatics at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. The extent of her influence was remarkably demonstrated in the Spring of 2009. Joe Magnus, Dr. Magnus’ husband, posed an interesting challenge to the School of Nursing: he would donate $10,000 if the school could match his contribution. Inspired by his time as one of her students, Manuel Co Jr., MSN, MS, RN, CPHIMS matched the entire $10,000 donation. Ultimately, seventeen other former students also donated to the Magnus Memorial Gift.

The Magnus Memorial Gift went towards creating high-technology filled spaces, expanding upon Dr. Magnus’ insight into the relationship between research, theory, and nursing practice. Needless to say, the 401W renovations are but a continuation of the goals that Dr. Magnus had for the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and, more general, for the nursing field as a whole.