The top 20 ‘thinkers, writers and doers’ from nursing were nominated by Nursing Times readers.
Number one was Nancy Roper, who's theory of nursing has influenced every generation of nurses since its publication in 1976. Her model set out the common core of the nursing required by each patient, regardless of diagnosis or setting, based on everyday living activities.
She reminded nurses to look at the whole patient and taught them to look beyond the obvious, such as eating and drinking, to aspects such as sexuality, and death and dying.
Ms Roper had always wanted to nurse and left school in Wetheral, near Carlisle, to train first as a children’s nurse and then as a general nurse. In 1943, just as she registered, the Territorial Army called up several tutors and she was asked to become a teacher. Only later did she gain her clinical experience before moving into writing and research.
Alastair McLellan, editor of Nursing Times said: 'Among the nurses we honour, you will find those who advanced patients’ rights, pioneered innovative practice, transformed thinking on the treatment of mental illness, played a powerful role in the key political battles that shaped the NHS, revolutionised nursing education, challenged racial and gender barriers and created many of the health services on which we have now come to depend.'
The full list will be published on nursingtimes.net on Monday and appear in the 9 December magazine.
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