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Sr. Callista Roy Named Living Legend in the American Academy of Nursing

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Sr. Callista Roy

The American Academy of Nursing has elected Sr. Callista Roy in addition to five other distinguished fellows as "Living Legends."

In 1995, the Governing Council of the Academy approved the process designating up to four Fellows to the status of Living Legends each year at the Academy's Annual Meeting and Conference. The Council's decision is predicated on recognizing the most stellar Academy Fellows as reminders of nursing's proud history and as role models for all nurses, as well as a way to provide an opportunity for Fellows to meet and interact with long established Fellows, so various generations of leaders may become better acquainted with each other.

Sr. Roy is a Professor and Nurse Theorist at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, where she teaches doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students. Dr. Roy is best known for her work on the Roy adaptation model of nursing. Her current clinical research is an intervention study to involve families in cognitive recovery of patients with mild head injury. Her other scholarly work includes conceptualizing and measuring coping and developing the philosophical basis for the adaptation model and for the epistemology of nursing.

The Academy represents distinguished leaders in nursing who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to health care. The Academy was established in 1973 under the aegis of the American Nurses Association, the professional organization representing the nation's 2.6 million registered nurses.

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