Faye Glenn Abdellah

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Faye Glenn Abdellah
Born(1919-03-13)March 13, 1919
DiedFebruary 24, 2017(2017-02-24) (aged 97)
Annandale, Virginia, U.S.
EducationAnn May School of Nursing
Rutgers University
Columbia University
Known forMedicine
Parent(s)H.B. Abdellah
Margaret Abdellah

Faye Glenn Abdellah (March 13, 1919 – February 24, 2017) was an American pioneer in nursing research. In 1974 she became the first nurse officer in the U.S. to receive the rank of a two-star rear admiral.[1] Her research has helped to change the focus of nursing theory from a disease-centered to a patient-centered approach.

Abdellah died in February 2017 at the age of 97.[2]


Abdellah earned a nursing diploma from the Ann May School of Nursing, as well as undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.[3] Abdellah was [4] the recipient of twelve honorary university degrees.

Abdellah has over 150 publications.


Dr. Abdellah joined the United States Public Health Service in 1949 and served as Deputy Surgeon General, the first nurse and the first woman to do so. A veteran of the Korean War, she earned five Distinguished Service Medals. When she retired from this post in 1989, she became the first dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Graduate School of Nursing in Bethesda. Her contributions to public health and to nursing theory led to her induction into The National Women's Hall of Fame in 2000. She retired from USU in 2002.[5] She donated a collection of her papers to the National Library of Medicine in November 1988.[6]

Twenty-One Nursing Problems[edit]

Abdellah created a typology of twenty-one areas of focus for the nurse. These problems were divided into three classes: physical, sociological and emotional needs of the patient; the types of nurse-patient interpersonal relationships; and common elements of patient care.[7]

Honors and awards[edit]

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  1. ^ Monahan, Evelyn; Neidel-Greenlee, Rosemary (1 March 2011). "A Few Good Women: America's Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan". Anchor Books. Retrieved 20 April 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "FAYE ABDELLAH's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Home - National Women's Hall of Fame". National Women’s Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ "FAYE ABDELLAH's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ ANA Hall of Fame: RADM Faye Glenn Abdellah, (Ret.), USPHS, EdD, ScD, RN, FAAN, 2012 Inductee, 2012, archived from the original on December 2, 2012, retrieved July 21, 2012
  6. ^ "Faye Glenn Abdellah Papers 1952-1989". National Library of Medicine.
  7. ^ http://library.stritch.edu/research/subjects/health/nursingTheorists/abdellah.html
  8. ^ http://www.nursingworld.org/DocumentVault/PressReleases/2012HallFame.pdf
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-09-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Faye Glenn, Abdellah. Marquis Who's Who in America. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who LLC.
  • Bullough, Vern L, Olga Maranjian Church, Alice P Stein, Lilli Sentz (1988–2000). American nursing: a biographical dictionary. New York: Garland.CS1 maint: Date format (link)

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