The American Nurses Association (ANA) joins with the larger nursing community in mourning the passing of Luther Christman, PhD, RN, FAAN. He passed away Tuesday morning June 7, 2011 in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. A trailblazing force in the field of nursing, Christman founded the American Assembly for Men in Nursing and made an immeasurable impact on the nursing profession as a leader, a mentor and an educator.
A champion of diversity in nursing, Christman was the first male to be named dean of a nursing school in the United States. As dean of Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing, he was the first to employ African-American women as faculty at Vanderbilt. Christman strongly supported the recruitment of more men into the nursing profession. As founder and dean of the Rush University College of Nursing, his name is often linked to the “Rush Model,” a unified approach to nursing education and practice that continues to set new standards of excellence in the United States and abroad. He was an advocate for improving professional nursing practice and elevating the educational level of the nursing profession throughout his 65-year career.
For his contributions, he became the first man to be inducted into ANA’s Hall of Fame in 2004. In recognition of his outstanding career, in 2007 ANA created an award named for Christman to honor significant contributions by men in nursing.
ANA will share details of the memorial service and any other observances when they become available.