Vernice D. Ferguson, Leader and Advocate of Nurses, Dies at 84

  1. 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)
    Last edit by nursel56 on Dec 24, '12
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    The nursing profession and the American people lost a leader. It's my hope that her accomplishments will inspire others to pick up the ball and run with it.

    Thank you Ma'am, for everything you've sacrificed so your future colleagues can have a better life. Rest in Peace, Ms. Ferguson.
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    An awesome leader in the field. We are all better off because of the work that she did for our profession.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    I think I would have loved to have her as my nurse manager:
    In 1981, Ms. Ferguson told National Journal, “Hospitals are going to have to rethink and restructure their policies to let nurses perform nursing services and let others attend to ‘hotel’ services,” like making beds and handling phone calls."
  6. by   gonzo1
    What a great role model. RIP and thanks for all you have done for the nursing ranks.