Tuesday October 22nd 2019

Stephanie Ferguson makes generous gift to Styles fund

Stephanie Ferguson (center)

When Stephanie Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, received the “Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein Award” from the American Nurses Credentialing Center at the National Magnet Conference® in Dallas, she was already focused on another award — one she herself would give. Within 24 hours, Ferguson shared her intention to make a gift to the American Nurses Foundation of $25,000 to the Margretta Madden Styles Endowment. Ferguson’s gift is the largest contribution by an individual to the Styles endowment and the largest personal tribute. Ferguson made her gift in honor of HRH Princess Muna Al Hussain, whom she calls the greatest champion for nurses worldwide.

Ferguson’s ability to transform a moment of personal accomplishment into something that advances nursing excellence doesn’t surprise those who know her. “She is tireless, passionate and the consummate leader. She does not waste a moment to move our profession forward to benefit global health,” said Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

As director of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Leadership for Change Program and its ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, Ferguson leads global initiatives and helps improve health outcomes in rural and urban settings, and serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization. She is a consulting associate professor at Stanford University and an affiliated faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ferguson was inducted into the Institute of Medicine in October in recognition of her outstanding contributions to health care.

Ferguson is focused on improving all people’s lives and is passionate about how nursing can transform the world. “From research to health systems, academics to policy, entrepreneurialism to direct care, this is our moment. We must declare that we are nurses, health care leaders and then, most importantly, we must actually lead,” Ferguson said.

She credits her accomplishments to strong family values, role models and the privilege of working with global leaders like HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein. She ties her passion for global nursing and credentialing to her work at ICN with Margretta (Gretta) Madden Styles, EdD, RN, FAAN. Styles is the only nurse to have served as president of the ICN, ANCC and ANA before her death in 2005. “Gretta had a clear vision for improving health worldwide. She understood the science of credentialing and how it could provide a global framework to enable nurses to practice to their full capacity,” Ferguson said. “I worked with Gretta at the end of her life. She asked me to help continue her work. I think we all need to ask, ‘How much will you invest to carry on the mission and vision of those that have inspired you?’” challenged Ferguson.

Inspired by nurse leaders

In addition, Ferguson said her career and life have been influenced by other leaders in nursing who provided great life lessons. “They did great — really big — things with humor, grace, wisdom and true humility,” she said.

Some examples are:

Hattie M. Bessent, EdD, MSN, RN, FAAN, longtime leader of ANA’s Minority Fellowship Program;

Virginia (Ginna) Trotter Betts, JD, MSN, RN, FAAN, past president, ANA;

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, vice president for Nursing, chief nursing officer and director of Nursing Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles;

Hazel Johnson Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, (deceased) the first African-American general and first African-American to serve as chief of the Army Nurse Corps;

M. Elizabeth Carnegie, DPA, RN, FAAN, (deceased) dean and professor, School of Nursing,  Florida A&M University;

Rita Carty, PhD, RN, past dean, George Mason University School of Nursing, and past president,  American Association of Colleges of Nursing;

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president, ANA;

Barbara Donaho, RN, past president, American Academy of Nursing;

Vernice Ferguson, MA, RN, FAAN, FRCN, (deceased) past nurse executive, Nursing Programs, Department of Veterans Affairs;

Sister Patricia Eck, CBS, RN, congregation leader for the Sisters of Bon Secours worldwide;

Jean Floyd, PhD, RN, CAE, past executive director, ANCC;

Jan Heinrich, DrPh, RN, FAAN, senior advisor, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services;

Sister Carol Keehan, DC, MS, RN,  president and CEO of Catholic Health Association of the United States;

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer, National League for Nursing;

Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, president, American Academy of Nursing;

Maggie McClure, EdD, RN, FAAN, professor, New York University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and past chief nursing officer, chief operating officer and hospital administrator,  NYU Medical Center;

Barbara Nichols, MSN, RN, FAAN, first African-American  president of ANA;

Jessie M. Scott, DSc, RN, FAAN, (deceased) past assistant surgeon general and director of the Division of Nursing Health Resources Administration, Public Health Service, of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services);

Gloria Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, (deceased) past vice president for Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To learn more about the Margretta Madden Styles Endowment and how you can honor a nurse, or to establish a named fund at the foundation, visit www.givetonursing.org.

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