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Stories of inspiration from Smart Girl Stories across the globe. Celebrating the Life and Achievements of Faye Glenn Abdellah

Celebrating the Life and Achievements of Faye Glenn Abdellah

Faye Glenn Abdellah was a groundbreaking nurse who made significant contributions to nursing research and healthcare. She was the first nurse in the U.S. ever to be promoted to a two-star Navy admiral, earning her national recognition and acclaim.

With a career spanning more than five decades, she left an indelible mark on the nursing profession and her legacy is still celebrated today. Let’s learn more about this remarkable woman and her accomplishments!

Early Career Achievements

Abdellah earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from New York University in 1939, becoming one of the first African American women to do so at that time. She continued her studies at Columbia University, where she received both her master’s degree in public health nursing education and a doctorate in educational psychology.

In 1949, Abdellah became the first person ever to hold two concurrent appoints with the USPHS (United States Public Health Service). These were, acting assistant surgeon general and chief of the Nursing Resources Branch of the Division of Nursing. During this time, she established new criteria for patient care based on her research into human needs, later known as “The Abdellah Model of Nursing Care.” She developed guidelines for hospital construction projects throughout the country.

Accomplishments with The Navy Nurse Corps

In 1955, Abdellah joined The Navy Nurse Corps as a lieutenant commander and was quickly promoted to captain within four years. By 1967, she had been promoted again. This time to rear admiral, becoming the first nurse in history to achieve two-star rank. She was also one of only three women at that time who had achieved flag rank status in any branch of service.

During her time with The Navy Nurse Corps, she worked tirelessly to improve recruitment efforts among minorities and women. This was accomplished this by visiting colleges across the nation to encourage students to join up. She also helped create several specialized nursing corps, such as The Neonatal/Pediatric Corps for nurses specializing in caring for young patients. She also created The Intensive Care Corps for nurses treating critically ill patients.

Faye Glenn Abdellah Is One Of A Kind

Faye Glenn Abdellah was truly one of a kind. She broke barriers by achieving unprecedented success within The Navy Nurse Corps and revolutionized patient care through her research into human needs.

We can all look to Faye Glenn Abdellah as an inspiration when it comes to setting our sights high and fighting tirelessly for what we believe in. After all, if someone like Faye can make it happen, anything is possible!

Her life story serves as an important reminder that hard work pays off no matter how tough things may seem!

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