What an impressive career... wish I had known her personally- maybe someone in the NY, or PA area did know her.
Vernice D. Ferguson
, who fought for greater opportunities, higher wages and more respect for nurses as a longtime chief nursing officer for the Veterans Administration, died on Dec. 8 at her home in Washington. She was 84.
Her niece Hope Ferguson confirmed her death.
America faced a nursing shortage when Ms. Ferguson began overseeing the agency's more than 60,000 nurses nationwide in 1980. Historically, the nursing ranks were overwhelmingly female, but as job opportunities began to expand for young women in the late 1970s, nursing, with its prospect of strenuous work, irregular hours and relatively low pay, was losing its appeal. . . (full article)