Distance EDU on Demand: Dr. Robert Kinsinger on the Nursing Education Revolution

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Dr. Robert Kinsinger, nursing education pioneer. Dr. Robert Kinsinger, former vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a former chair of the Regents College Board of Overseers, joins the podcast to discuss his pioneering work on nursing education in the 1950s. Dr. Kinsinger discusses his collaboration with fellow nursing visionary Dr. Mildred Montag, whether reality lived up to their vision, and his thoughts on the future of the recently launched Institute for Nursing Excellence named in his honor.


1:21 Encountering Dr. Mildred Montag and her ideas for a two-year nursing degree that would prove revolutionary.

3:27 Overcoming initial backlash from physicians and hospitals concerned with losing out on their “free labor”.

4:20 Joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

6:45 The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s role in expanding two-year nursing education.

8:01 Did reality live up to the vision?

8:32 Changes in nursing education over the decades.

9:30 How does Excelsior’s nursing courses fit into this new paradigm?

12:50 Vision for the Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence.

Show Notes

Dr. Robert E. Kinsinger

Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence

Dr. Barbara Pieper on the Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence