The American Academy of Nursing will officially designate five exceptional leaders as Living Legends at the Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference in Washington, DC, on October 24. As change agents and champions, these individuals have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to transforming health care. Using their nursing knowledge, they have spearheaded academic, practice, policy, and social change with extraordinary impact.
“The leaders selected in this year’s class of Living Legends are highly acclaimed, long-time fellows whose accomplishments to health and wellness are profound and sustained,” said Academy President Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN.
Countless lives, families, communities, and systems have improved as a direct result of the tenacity, expertise, and passion demonstrated by the following leaders honored as the 2019 Academy Living Legends.
The 2019 Living Legends are:
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a powerful leader recognized nationally and internationally for her work to advance nursing education.
C. Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, is a leader in academic nursing, health policy development, community engagement, organizational development, and healthy aging.
Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is highly regarded for her work as a clinical nurse specialist and nurse scientist in neuroscience and critical care nursing.
Linda Schwartz, DrPh, RN, FAAN, a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, has tirelessly dedicated her life to improving the health of veterans.
Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a renowned trailblazer and advocate whose career has produced tremendous impact on health policy through her role in several high-profile positions within the federal government.
Read more about the 2019 Living Legends.