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William F. Connell School of Nursing

A living legend

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The American Academy of Nursing has named professor emeritus Marjory Gordon a Living Legend at their annual meeting, held November 5-7 in Atlanta.

Gordon has directed collaborative research projects in Brazil, the Netherlands, and Australia, in addition to 15 funded projects in the United States. Research topics include a series of studies on diagnostic reasoning, diagnosis-intervention-outcome links, community health nursing, hospital discharge of obstetrical-gynecologic patients, and home health care nursing-diagnosis and defining characteristics. Her books have been translated into ten languages and are found in 48 countries on six continents. Her Manual of Nursing Diagnosis is in its 12th edition.

Professor and nurse theorist Sr. Callista Roy comments, "One major characteristic of Marge Gordon that inspires me is her total commitment and singleness of purpose. Whether it is writing, professional organization work, or mentoring others, her focus is always on increasing clarity and scholarship for defining the phenomenon of nursing knowledge and practice. Nursing as a discipline is stronger in the U.S. and around the world because of Marge Gordon's efforts."

The "Living Legend" designation is one of the highest honors in the nursing field, recognizing the most accomplished Academy fellows for their contribution to the field and as role models for all nurses.

Established in 1973 under the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nursing represents distinguished leaders in nursing who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to health care.