Deborah Ward ‘77

90 Outstanding Yale Nurses Recipient

Class of 1977

After graduating from YSN’s pre-licensure program, Deborah Huntington Ward, PhD, became an instructor at YSN and a family nurse practitioner at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Primary Care Center. Later, she joined the faculty at the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing and was founding director of UW’s master’s entry program.

After serving as chair of the board of Group Health Cooperative and devoting 20 years to UW, Dr. Ward helped establish a new nursing school in California’s Central Valley, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis, and was an integral part in the development of the school’s pioneering program.

Dr. Ward was recipient of YSN’s Annie Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1982, the YSN Distinguished Alumna Award in 2002, as well as teaching awards from the University of Washington and the University of California, Davis.

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