Teachers College, Columbia University is a pioneer in the history of nursing education, being the first academic setting to educate nurses. In 1898 Mary Adelaide Nutting approached Dean James Earl Russell about the possibility of extending education to graduate nurses, and one year later he admitted six graduate nurses. The one-year curriculum extended to two, and in 1907 Nutting became the first ever nurse to assume professorship. Many greats in the field followed (Isabel Maitland Stewart, Lavinia Dock, Mildred Louise Montag, Rachel Louise McManus, Teresa Elizabeth Christy, Eleanor Lambertsen, to name but a few), and Nursing Education at Teachers College has continued to this day to demonstrate a long and distinguished tradition of commitment to nurses in education.
Dubbed as a "Living Legend" by the American Academy of Nursing, Teachers College alumna Claire Fagin was born in New York City on November 25th, 1926 to Mae and Harry Mintzer. Although her parents aspired to their daughter becoming a doctor, Claire chose to pursue nursing. She earned a Bachelor's at Wagner College, MA (1951) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and then a doctorate at New York University. Her Ph'D is entitled, Rooming In And Its Effects On The Behavior Of Young Children: A Comparative Survey On The Effects Of Maternal Attendance During Hospitalization On The Post Hospital Behavior Of Young Children.
From 1997 until 1991, Dr. Fagin served as Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and was then as named interim president of the University of Pennsylvania from July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994 -- becoming the first woman to serve as a university president in an Ivy League university. She has received 15 honorary doctoral degrees as well as the prestigious Honorary Recognition Award of the American Nurses Association.
In 2005 the nursing education building at the University of Pennsylvania was renamed Claire M. Fagin Hall. In addition to being an Honorary Fellow of the UK Royal College of Nursing, Claire Fagin was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the Century Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is currently emeritus on the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
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- Nurse Favors More Health Duties. (1982, Sep 27). Chicago Tribune (1963-1996) Retrieved
- Martin, T. (1989, May 30). Penn Nursing Parley Emphasizes Family. Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Project Founder To Receive Mott Award. (1990, Feb 20). Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Display Ad 175 -- No Title. (1990, Nov 04). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved
- Aiken, L and Fagin, C. (1993, Mar 11). More Nurses, Better Medicine: They Need More Authority For Primary Care. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Kolodzey, J. (1993, May 19). Work Cut Out For Her, Nurse Is To Lead Penn. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Kolodzey, J. (1993, Jul 11). Penn Name: Dean Of Nursing Steps Up To Build Community at Ivy League School. Chicago Tribune (1963-1996)
- Fagin, C., & Lazerson, M. (1993, Sep 23). Penn's Policy On Free Speech. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Review & Outlook: Free Speech Seeks Admission. (1993, Oct 11). Wall Street Journal (1923 - Current File)
- Editorial Cartoon 2 -- No Title. (1994, Apr 22). Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Fagin, C. (1995, Oct 14). Don't Repeal Nursing Home Rules That Work. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Fagin, C., & Rieder, C. (2003, Jun 10). Nursing Wounds. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Fagin, C. Essays on Nursing Leadership. New York: Springer, c2000. RT89 .F34 2000 and e-book
- Levine, J. In Focus: A Nurse in the House. (2011, May 05). Teachers College News.
- Claire M. Fagin Papers, The University of Pennsylvania
- Cremin, L., Shannon, D., and Townsend, M.E. A History of Teachers College Columbia University (New York: Columbia University Press, 1954).
- The Adelaide Nutting Historical Nursing Collection, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Archives of the Department of Nursing Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Nursing Education History for Nurse Executives, on rhizr
- Claire Fagin, Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of EdLab Studios
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