Professors Named Virginia Pioneer Nurses

Posted: June 2, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Three faculty members in the College of Nursing and Health Science have been named Virginia Pioneer Nurses by the Virginia Nurses Association and the Virginia Nurses Foundation. Rita Carty, dean, Hazel Johnson-Brown, professor emeritus, and Mary Silva, professor, were selected, along with 50 other women, for their leadership roles in nursing over the past century.

Carty has long had a vision for nursing education that includes nursing practice, administration, and health care and ethics. She created master’s and doctoral programs from a growing baccalaureate program at George Mason, and under her guidance, the college was ranked 36th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report this year. Carty is especially well known for her leadership in the field of international nursing, including her work with Project Hope, which designs programs that give international students and professionals experience to help them further health care in their country of origin.

Johnson-Brown was the first director of George Mason’s Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics, created in 1989. In addition to her achievements at the university, Johnson-Brown was the first chief in the Army Nurse Corps to earn a doctoral degree, and she was the first African-American woman to attain the rank of general in the history of the United States military services.

Silva’s book, Ethical Decision Making in Nursing Administration, was one of the first written on the subject. She continues her research, begun in 1989, by looking at ethical and policy issues in nurse administration related to the reconstruction of health care. Silva also is a member of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics Project Task Force, set up to revise the Code for Nurses.

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