At one point or another, we have seen the nursing process sheet contain the functional health patterns, right under the checks for history taking. Gordon’s functional health patterns is a method devised by Marjory Gordon to be used by nurses in the nursing process to provide a more comprehensive nursing assessment of the patient.
The pattern has a ground breaking and universal mention in the nursing profession but How well do nurses know the inventor? Healthinfocorner.com has dug up the following about her:
- Marjory Gordon was born in Cleveland in 1931
- She began her nursing career with a diploma from The Mt. Sinai
Hospital School of Nursing in New York and quickly obtained leader-
ship positions at that hospital.
- She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
- Gordon earned PhD from Boston College.
- Dr. Gordon’s research focused on clinical reasoning and judgment. Studies in this area continued within a significant 33-year teaching career in Boston, ten years at Boston University and 23
years at Boston College. Currently, as a Professor Emeritus at Boston
College, Connell School of Nursing, she continues to write, as well as
mentor, and consult both globally and locally.
- Gordon served as the first president of the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association from 1973-1988 (two terms)
- A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she was named one of the Academy’s “Living Legends” in 2009.
- She passed away in 2015.
Sister Calister Roy talks about her. Watch clip here.
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