Leaders in Nursing: A Celebration of Giving to the Profession

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Leaders in Nursing: A Celebration of Giving to the Profession


Since the early 1900s, ANA has presented awards to prominent nurses to recognize their outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and the field of health care. On June 16, as part of its 2012 biennial House of Delegates meeting, ANA inducted six nurses into the Hall of Fame and bestowed national awards to 12 others. Additional information is available at www.nursingworld.org. The honorées are as follows:

Hall of Fame Award

this prestigious award recognizes an individual's lifelong commitment to the field of nursing and its impact on U.S. health and/or social history

RADM Faye Glenn Abdellah, (Ret ), USPHS, EdD,ScD,RN, FAAN

Rear Admiral Faye G. Abdellah is regarded as one of the most influential nursing theorists and public health scientists of our times. Her seminal works, Better Nursing Care Through Nursing Research and Patient Centered Approaches To Nursing, forever changed the focus of nursing theory from disease-centered to patient-centered.

Abdellah is recognized for her pioneering work in nursing research and education, development of the first nurse scientist program, and expertise in international health policy. As the first nurse and woman to serve as Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, Abdellah protected the elderly by influencing policy on nursing home standards. She educated the public on issues such as AIDS, drug addiction, violence, smoking, and alcoholism. After retiring from the USPHS in 1989, Abdellah founded and served as the first dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. In 2002, she retired with more than 50 years of government service.

Josephine A. Dolan, MS, RN, PdD (Hon.), DNSc (Hon.) 191 3-2004

Best known as a nurse historian and educator, Josephine A. Dolan s textbook on the history of nursing, "Nursing in Society: a Historical Perspective" was the most widely used text of its kind for 25 years, influencing students nationally and internationally. Respected and admired by colleagues and students, Dolan was the first faculty member hired by the University of Connecticut s new School of Nursing in 1944, where she taught for 35 years. She encouraged nursing students to pursue higher education and advocated for the professionalism of nursing during the 1940s, '50s and '60s. She helped transform nursing from hospital-based training to an academicbased education, and was progressive in her thinking by using state of the art video technology as a heuristic tool.

Dolan s impact continues through her extensive collection of historical nursing artifacts, donated to the University of Connecticut s School of Nursing.

Eleanor C. Lambertsen, EdD, RN, DSc(Hon.) 1916-1998

Eleanor C. Lambertsen pioneered the concept of "team nursing," which revolutionized the organization and delivery of nursing and health care by placing registered nurses in the primary interdisciplinary leadership role.

She began her nursing career in the 1930s at Overlook Hospital in New Jersey. She served as a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University, then went on to hold leadership positions at the American Hospital Association. She later returned to Teachers College as Helen Hartley Chair of the Nursing Department and director of the Division of Health Sciences. In 1970, she became dean of the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing and in 1974, senior associate director of nursing.

Lambertsen was a champion of advanced practice who was willing to stand up to the power structure with determination and grit. Her influence made it possible for generations of advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently.

Lambertsen served as president of the American Nurses Foundation and chair of the National Commission for the Study of Nursing and Education.

Capt. Mary Lee Mills, (Ret.) USPHS, MSN, MPH,RN,CNM 1912-2010

Capt. Mary Lee Mills overcame racial, gender and class barriers to dramatically improve public health and nursing. …

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