Jean Elaine Irwin Johnson ‘65

90 Outstanding Yale Nurses Recipient

Class of 1965

Former director of nursing in the Cancer Center at the University of Rochester, Jean Elaine Irwin Johnson, MS, PhD, FAAN, was among the first to comprehend the correlation between a patient’s distress and information given to the patient.

Dr. Johnson was also a leader in nursing research through her dedication in the American Nurses Association Council and Commission for Nursing Research. Paving the way for future nurse scientists, Dr. Johnson was the first nurse member of various panels, including the National Institutes of Health’s Behavioral Medicine Study Section, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command’s Review Committee for the Breast Cancer Research Program, and the American Cancer Society’s Advisory Committee on Psychosocial and Behavioral Research.

Through the years, Dr. Johnson has continued her support of YSN by establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity.

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