Marjory Gordon: Founder of functional health patterns

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.


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Marjory Gordon


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:

  1. Marjory Gordon was born in Cleveland in 1931
  2. 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.
  3. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
  4. Gordon earned PhD from Boston College.
  5. 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.
  6. Gordon served as the first president of the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association from 1973-1988 (two terms)
  7. A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she was named one of the Academy’s “Living Legends” in 2009.
  8. She passed away in 2015.

Sister Calister Roy talks about her. Watch clip here.

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