Elizabeth Scott Carrington was instrumental in founding Carolina's School of Nursing in 1950. The school was the first statewide program of its kind in the nation.
Elizabeth Scott Carrington was born to Robert and Elizabeth Scott on October 3, 1902. Carrington was an outstanding nurse and nursing educator who was instrumental in the founding of the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in North Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950. She earned her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1926, and her Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from the same school in 1940. Carrington simultaneously joined the nursing faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, and Supervised the Operating Room staff at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She returned to Alamance County in 1941 to marry. Due to the nursing shortage caused by World War II she went to work immediately in Alamance General Hospital training and supervising nurses and nurses aides. In 1953, Carrington began chairing a state wide advisory committee to promote, and develop the new four-year nursing school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She held this office for over a decade. Carrington became a recruiter, program planner, lobbyist, and a fundraiser organizer securing a $5 million gift for the nursing school. She was also instrumental in establishing the continuing education program at the UNC School of Nursing. This was the first statewide program of its kind in the nation. In 1969, to honor her lifelong work to better the nursing profession, the School of Nursing at UNC- Chapel Hill was named Carrington Hall.