McGIVERN--Diane, PhD, RN, FAAN. of Staten Island, NY, died Monday, June 30, 2014, in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, after a lengthy battle with spinal cancer. She was 75. Dr. McGivern will be remembered for her compassion and tireless work in nursing, nursing education and health policy, as well as her efforts on behalf of general education in New York State, as a 15 year member of the Board of Regents of New York State. Born Diane O'Neill in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. McGivern earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. John's College in Ohio and began her career as a staff nurse at the renowned Cleveland Clinic. After her marriage to Dr. Bernard McGivern, the couple moved to New York where Diane worked at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. She received her master's and Ph.D. degrees in nursing from New York University. As a nursing educator, Dr. McGivern taught first at Hunter College from 1966 to 1968, and the Division of Nursing at NYU from 1968 to 1972. From 1972 until 1977, she chaired the Adult Health and Illness section of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College of City University in the Bronx. In 1977, Dr. McGivern became Associate Dean and Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In 1987, McGivern became Head of the Division of Nursing at New York University's School of Education (now the College of Nursing), holding the Erline Perkins McGriff Professorship in Nursing. McGivern served as Division Head until 2002. "Much of where we are today standing strong as a top-ranked and highly respected College of Nursing is thanks to Diane's vision and tireless advocacy on our behalf," said Eileen Sullivan-Marx, current Dean of the NYU College of Nursing. "The lasting, positive influence that Diane has had on the College and on each and every one of us who had the privilege to work with her cannot be overstated. Among the many remarkable leaders we count among our distinguished NYUCN family, Diane truly stood out, and she will be greatly missed." McGivern was a nursing scholar, editor, and author focusing on advancing the practice of nursing. She co-authored the comprehensive textbook, Nurse Practitioners: Evolution of Advanced Practice, used by students in advanced practice nursing programs nation-wide. Her accomplishments and awards included a gubernatorial appointment to the New Jersey Commission on Health Science, Education and Training and membership on the New York City Chancellor's Task Force on Child Health. Named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 1981, she held leadership positions in the American Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing, National League for Nursing and the Nursing Cabinet of Mount Sinai/ NYU Health. She was appointed to commissions to acknowledge and elevate the contributions of the nursing profession to health care policy at the state and national level. In 1991, McGivern was the first nurse to be elected to the New York Board of Regents, which is responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, a post she held for 15 years. She was chosen vice chancellor of the board in 1998 and served in that capacity until 2001. In addition, she chaired the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Future of Nursing in New York State, 2001. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Dr. McGivern was an elegant, articulate and lovely woman who shared her sharp intellect, culinary skills and warm sense of humor with her many friends and associates. The NYU family extends its sad condolences to her family, her husband, Dr. Bernard (Bud) McGivern, and her daughter, Ryan McGivern. New York University College of Nursing Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Erline Perkins McGriff Professor
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Published in The New York Times on July 26, 2014