Eleanor Saltzer Weinstein, BSN '66, MN '68

Eleanor Saltzer Weinstein, PhD, RN, FAAN, (Ellie), a native of Los Angeles, graduated from UCLA School of Nursing in 1966 with a Bachelor’s of Science, and then completed a Masters of Nursing (MN) at UCLA in 1968.  Upon completing her masters, Ellie became a clinical instructor in public health nursing at UCLA School of Nursing.   After moving with her husband and two children to Orange County, Ellie completed a doctorate in Social Ecology at UCIrvine (UCI) in 1979.  Ellie then pioneered the role of Director of Nursing Research for the UCI Medical Center, Department of Nursing Service for several years.  In 1983, Ellie was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).  For more than 30 years, Ellie served as a clinical assistant professor for the UCI College of Medicine.   She has also been a voluntary clinical faculty member for UCLA School of Nursing where she has mentored UCLA graduate students living or working in the Orange County area.  She has enjoyed her more than 31 years of service on the UCI Medical Institutional Review Board (IRB) which she credits with keeping her up to date on all areas of medical and nursing research.

Returning to UCLA School of nursing in 1992, Ellie completed a post-doctoral clinical specialization in psych-mental health nursing with a focus on psycho-social oncology.  Ellie then opened her private practice, Cancer Counseling Services, in Orange, California where she specialized in counseling cancer patients and their families.  Ellie voluntarily chaired several community committees in the arena of breast cancer health for which she has received honors from the Orange County Public Health Department and the American Cancer Society.   As if she were not busy enough, Ellie found time to be an active community service volunteer in many philanthropic groups for which she has also been honored.

All during her long association with UCI, Ellie continuously lobbied for UCI to open a baccalaureate school of nursing modeled after UCLA School of Nursing.  When UCI established the Program in Nursing Science in 2007 Ellie was chosen to be the chairman of the UCI Nursing Leadership Council.  This group has advised the UCI faculty on curriculum for the baccalaureate, masters, and PhD programs in nursing along with fund-raising issues.  This past January, UCI Nursing Science received the magnanimous gift of $40,000,000 from the Susan and Bill Gross Foundation, the largest single gift ever to be given to UCI.   The program will soon become the UCI Susan and Bill Gross School of Nursing, the fourth such school in the entire UC System after UCLA, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis.