Virginia Henderson's Role For Nursing

1349 WordsOct 18, 20146 Pages
Background Virginia Henderson was born in 1897 in Kansas City Missouri to a long chain of scholars and educators. She received her nursing education at the Army School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. where she graduated in 1921. Within a few years of earning her nursing degree, she accepted her first position as nursing instructor; her dedication to teaching was obvious. She taught in a few hospitals throughout New York and then in 1934 Henderson joined the nursing staff at Columbia University, where she earned her bachelor of science and master of arts degree in nursing education years before. She remained with the faculty at Columbia for 14 years, while she used her spare time to edit Bertha Harmer’s Textbook of the Principles and Practice of Nursing which was later accepted and used by many schools of nursing. While revising the book, she noted the need to clearly state the role of nursing. In addition, when she realized that many states did not require the necessary licensures of competent nursing care, she started to redefine the role of nursing and began to develop her own nursing theory. In 1953, Henderson moved on to be a research associate and Yale University School of Nursing, working on a funded program to assess the status of nursing research in United States. Following the success of this project, the Connecticut Nurses Association founded the Virginia Henderson Award for outstanding contributions to nursing research. Henderson also wrote her own book where she
Open Document