Women are changing the nation through their hard work and dedication. In the nursing profession, Faye Glenn Abdellah transformed the career as a nursing researcher through nursing theory, nursing care, and nursing education. Faye Abdellah is a woman who is not afraid to cross boundaries if it was for the welfare a patient. When she used to teach at Yale University, she was forced to educate from a textbook that had no scientific background to nursing principles. Being the activist that she is, Abdellah decided to take matters into her own hands. The educator burned the books in a fire at the Yale University courtyard (McAuliffe, 1998, p. 215). Needless to say, Abdellah is a captivating ...view middle of the document...
She became the first nurse officer to receive the rank of a two-star rear admiral. That achievement led her to becoming the first female to serve as Deputy Surgeon General (“Faye Glenn Abdellah, 2011). With her background, she was able to contribute to nursing more than she could ever envision.
Contributions to Nursing
Faye Abdellah used her degrees to further the nursing profession. While she was the active Deputy Surgeon General, the Maryland Nurses Association (2012) states, “Abdellah worked tirelessly to protect the elderly by influencing policy on nursing home standards. She educated the public on issues such as AIDS, drug addiction, violence, smoking, and alcoholism.” Faye Abdellah educated and contributed to the public health systems and became an advocate to the elderly and to the entire public system. She had used those advocacy issues to further her career in nursing research. As a nurse researcher, she developed a theory of nursing called Twenty-One Nursing Problems. The Twenty-One Nursing Problems theory included ten steps to identify a patient’s problem and eleven essential nursing skills. The nursing problems are divided in three categories: physical, sociological, and emotional needs of a patient. These categories were designed to help guide care in hospitals, but is also applied to community health problems. Also, with the research she had done for the nursing theories, she directed the nursing diagnosis to patient-centered instead of the conventional disease-centered diagnosis. This led the way to the first nurse scientist program. Abdellah created a nurse scientist program because of her interest to determine the scientific evidence behind nursing interventions (McAuliffe, 1998, p. 215). She became a commendable leader in her dedication to the nursing career and
Honors and Awards
Nursing theory awards, research awards,
She exemplified extraordinary leadership through her giving of her time...