Gladys E. Sorensen, EdD, RN, FAAN, 1976



Gladys E. Sorensen, EdD, RN, FAAN, 1976




As the second Dean of the University of Arizona College of Nursing (1967-1986), Gladys E. Sorensen, EdD, RN, FAAN, led the college to national prominence in nursing education. During her tenure, graduate education in the college, particularly the PhD program, was recognized throughout the world for excellence in nursing research. Dr. Sorensen was acknowledged by students and alumni as an excellent teacher. Her leadership in national nursing organizations helped shape the future of nursing and nursing education.

Dr. Sorensen served as a Nurse Cadet in WWII, earned a BSN (University of Nebraska School of Nursing, 1945), an MSN (University of Colorado, 1951), and a PhD (Columbia University, 1964). She received both an honorary doctorate degree from UNMC in 1985 and a Distinguished Alumnus award from the UNMC College of Nursing Alumni Association in 1986. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1977 and served as the American Nurses Association President from 1985-1987.




Courtesy of the UNMC College of Nursing Museum

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