We talk a great deal about excellence in nursing and commit ourselves to this quality in stated philosophies and goals. When it comes to defining or measuring excellence, however, a variety of views emerge. In this article, a nurse-one who is universally considered among the excellent because of her inspired teaching, her many-faceted contributions to nursing philosophy and literature, and her abiding concern for patient care-describes her personal concept of excellence.
Nurses everywhere know Virginia Henderson for her Basic Principles of Nursing Care, published by the International Council of Nurses, and for efforts over the years to develop adequate library and reference resources in nursing.
Adapted from an address given at the Alumnae College, University of West Virginia, May 1968.
AN AJN CLASSIC OCTOBER 1969