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Faye Glenn Abdellah

Faye Glenn Abdellah (born March 13, 1919) is a 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.


  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • Twenty-One Nursing Problems 3
  • Honors and awards 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Abdellah holds a nursing diploma from the Ann May School of Nursing, as well as undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.[2] Abdellah has been the recipient of twelve honorary university degrees.[3]


Dr. Abdellah served as Deputy Surgeon General, the first nurse and the first woman to do so. 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.[3] She donated a collection of her papers to the National Library of Medicine in November 1988.[4]

Twenty-One Nursing Problems

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.[5]

Honors and awards

  • 2012: Inductee, American Nurses Association Hall of Fame[6]
  • 2000: Inductee, National Women's Hall of Fame[2]
  • 1994: Living Legend, American Academy of Nursing[7]

See also


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External links

  • Faye Glenn Abdellah Papers (1952-1989) – National Library of Medicine finding aid
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