ANA Hall of Fame Inductee
After earning a master of arts degree in teaching biological sciences from Teachers College, Columbia University, Frances Reiter later became a professor at the college. She left Teachers College in 1960 to become the first dean of the Graduate School of Nursing, New York, Medical College. She retired as dean emeritus in 1969. Reiter coined the term "nurse clinician" and advocated the need for advanced preparation for nurse clinicians.
She was chairperson of the American Nurses Association Committee on Education when the first position paper on nursing education was published. Reiter received the Honorary Membership Award, American Nurses Association; Florence Nightingale Award, International Red Cross; Distinguished Service Award, National League for Nursing; and the Medal of Excellence, New York Medical College. She was a honorary fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.