The Catholic University of America

Aug. 23, 2006

Sister Donley Named 'Living Legend' by Nursing Academy

Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C.

Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., professor and chair of the Community/Public Health Nursing Graduate Program in the CUA School of Nursing, has been selected as a 2006 "Living Legend" by the American Academy of Nursing.

Sister Donley is one of five awardees who were selected by the Academy's Board of Directors after being nominated by their peers for the honor.

The Living Legend designation "recognizes extraordinary Fellows who serve as reminders of the proud history of the nursing profession and as extraordinary role models," according to the Academy's Web site. "These Fellows have been selected as Living Legend honorees because they have been Fellows in the Academy for 15 or more years and have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and health care throughout their careers. Although these Fellows have transitioned from a formal work role, they continue to have a profound influence on the profession."

The Living Legends will be honored in a ceremony and reception to be held Thursday, Nov. 9, during the American Academy of Nursing's 33rd Annual Meeting and Conference being held in Miami, Florida.

Sister Donley recently marked the 50th anniversary of her entrance into religious life with the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, and in June received the 2006 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community/Public Health Nursing Education from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators at its annual meeting in Pasadena, Calif.

"Her lifetime of service is indeed rare and much admired," says Nalini Jairath, dean of the CUA School of Nursing, congratulating Sister Donley on her recent accolades. "Within our profession, [she has] lived many lives and has transitioned gracefully, always making a substantive contribution. She has been a bedside nurse, a teacher, a nurse practitioner, a senior administrator, a nationally and internationally renowned leader in nursing."

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