Virginia Henderson

Nurse, Author

1897 – 1996

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Who was Virginia Henderson?

Virginia Avenel Henderson, was an inflluential nurse, researcher, theorist and author.

Henderson is famous for a definition of nursing: "The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge". She is known as "the first lady of nursing" and has been called, "arguably the most famous nurse of the 20th century" and "the quintessential nurse of the twentieth century". In a 1996 article in the Journal of Advanced Nursing Edward Halloran wrote, "Virginia Henderson's written works will be viewed as the 20th century equivalent of those of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale."

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Born
Nov 30, 1897
Kansas City
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Columbia University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
Employment
  • Yale School of Nursing
Died
Mar 19, 1996

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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