Barbara Durand, EdD, RN, FAAN, emeritus professor and former dean of the Arizona State Universitys College of Nursing and Health Innovation, was recognized as one of the American Academy of Nursings 2014 Living Legends at the Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16.
The nurse leaders I have held in the highest regard my idols, if you will are all named Living Legends. … I am grateful and humbled that my work has been deemed important, Durand said in a news release.
To be selected as a Living Legend, honorees must have been a fellow for at least 15 years and have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and healthcare throughout their career, according to the release.
In 1970, Durand co-founded the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of California, which was the first of its kind in the state. Later, Durand was appointed dean of the College of Nursing at ASU.
Under Durands leadership, U.S. News & World Report ranked the colleges graduate nursing program as one of the best in the country for the first time in the schools history.