Marjory Gordon

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Marjory Gordon was a nursing theorist and professor who created a nursing assessment theory known as Gordon's functional health patterns. Gordon served in 1973 as the first president of the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association[1] until 1988.[2] She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1977 and was designated a Living Legend by the same organization in 2009.[3]


Marjory Gordon began her nursing career in New York at the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her PhD from Boston College. Dr. Gordon is an emeritus professor of nursing at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is the author of four books, including the Manual of Nursing Diagnosis,[4] now in its thirteenth edition. Her books appear in ten different languages, in forty-eight countries and six continents.[5]

She has contributed significantly to the development of standardized nursing language. Dr. Gordon's work in this sphere has implications for research, education, evaluation of competency, and the establishment of a core of nursing knowledge based on evidence. This language will also form the basis of the nursing component of the electronic medical record.[6]

Marjory Gordon died April 29, 2015.[7]

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  1. ^ "NANDA International History 1973 to 1979". NANDA. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "NANDA International History 1980 to 1989". NANDA. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "A Living Legend". CSON - Boston College. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Manual of Nursing Diagnosis, Thirteenth Edition". Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Marjory Gordon" (PDF). American Academy of Nursing. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Hanink, Elizabeth. "Profiles in Nursing: Marjorie Gordon, Pioneer of the Medical Record". Working Nurse. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "A Tribute to Marjory Gordon". Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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