ANA Mourns Joyce C. Clifford (1935 - 2011)

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ANA Mourns Passing of Joyce C. Clifford, Developer of “Primary Nursing” Model

The American Nurses Association (ANA) mourns the passing of Joyce C. Clifford, PhD, RN, FAAN, of Massachusetts, a senior vice president and nurse-in-chief at the former Beth Israel Hospital in Boston for more than 25 years, who was known for pioneering the “primary nursing” model in which one nurse cares for a particular patient throughout a hospital stay. She was 76.

The American Academy of Nurses honored Clifford as a Living Legend in 2005. She was inducted as a fellow in 1980. In 2007, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN) named her a Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing. Clifford was a member of MARN.

Clifford’s “primary nursing” model is considered a major contribution to the professionalism of nursing and was recognized internationally. The model is viewed as an effective way to maintain the focus of care and decision-making on the patient and family in a more personalized way as health care delivery became more complex. Clifford also is widely recognized for her work in developing a professional practice environment for nurses and promoting collaboration of nursing with other health care disciplines.

Most recently, Clifford served as president and CEO of the Institute of Nursing Healthcare Leadership, which she founded. The institute represents the Consortium of Harvard-Affiliated Nursing Services (CHANS).

Clifford held appointments as lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a visiting scholar at Boston College School of Nursing.

She was a former President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association from 1991-1994.

Clifford earned a nursing diploma from The Hospital of St. Raphael School of Nursing. She received a BSN from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in Health Planning and Policy Analysis from the Heller School of Brandeis University.

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