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    Associate Vice President, University Advancement

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    July 12, 2019

    Pioneering Co-Founder of TUC’s School of Nursing, Dr. Ann Stoltz, Heads into Retirement

    Dr. Stoltz leaves behind a 44-year legacy of helping nurses achieve advance degrees

    Vallejo, CA (July 12, 2019): Dr. Ann Stoltz, PhD, RN, CNL, retired, June 28, marking the end of a 44-year long career focused on getting more California nurses to hold advance degrees. At Touro University California (TUC), Dr. Stoltz co-founded the Doctor of Nursing/Family Practitioner Program while advocating for nurses to take the Clinical Nurse Leader national exam, with an eye on improving patient health outcomes.

    “Dr Stoltz’s many years of practical and academic experience in nursing have been the key to developing a graduate nursing program that provides working nurses with an accelerated, accessible, affordable and student-centered training pathway, preparing them to become transformational nationally certified nursing leaders,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Sarah Sweitzer.

    Dr. Stoltz began her road to teaching working nurses when she was approached by Provost Emeritus Dr. Marilyn Hopkins to help found TUC’s School of Nursing. At the time, the State of California had less than 50% of nurses holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, far below the national recommendation. Dr. Stoltz used her experience starting nursing programs at Sacramento State and worked with Dr. Hopkins to shift the burgeoning nursing program to one focused on advance degrees. Thanks to Drs. Stoltz and Hopkins’s efforts, the program boasts a 90-95% retention rate today.

    A major key to this success, said Dr. Stoltz, was finding high-caliber faculty who were student-oriented. “We have the best faculty,” she said. “They run the show and I have every confidence they will continue on splendidly long after I’m gone.” The strong faculty facilitates a sense of community among the students that empowers and motivates the community of working nurses to push one another through to the end.

    Dr. Stoltz graduated with a BS from San Jose State, a MS from Sacramento State and a PhD in Nursing from UC Davis. She has given 31 presentations across her career with topics ranging from nursing consent laws to bullying to adolescent health. She published a dozen articles including ones in Developmental Psychology and the Journal of School Nursing. Dr. Stoltz continues to be a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, the American Public Health Association, the Clinical Nurse Leader Association and the Health Impact Advisory Board.

    A memory that springs to mind for Dr. Stoltz from her varied career is when students cross the stage and you see the sheer joy of their accomplishments through their smiles. “Every once in a while, graduates say that they wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for you,” Dr. Stoltz said. “It’s happened for me more times at TUC than ever before.”

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