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Virginia Avernal Henderson

 

 

Virginia Avernal Henderson

(1897 – 1996)

Virginia Henderson graduated from the Army School of Nursing, Washington, D.C., in 1921.

Virginia Henderson defined nursing as "assisting individuals to gain independence in relation to the performance of activities contributing to health or its recovery"  (Henderson, 1966, p. 15).  

Her famous definition of nursing was one of the first statements clearly delineating nursing from medicine:

"The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge.  And to do this in such a way as to help him gain independence as rapidly as possible" (Henderson, 1966, p. 15). She was one of the first nurses to point out that nursing does not consist of merely following physician's orders. (Extract from NurseScribe)

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