Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been designated a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing. Her selection was announced by Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. Dr. Woods served as Dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing (1998 – 2008), and is a former president of the American Academy of Nursing (1989-91). She is an internationally recognized women’s health expert and a strong voice for diversity in nursing. Her pioneering research exploring the many dimensions of the menstrual cycle, menopause, and post-menopause, has resulted in an improved understanding of factors influencing symptoms. As Dean of the UW School of Nursing, she issued a public apology for institutional racism that served as a catalyst toward improvements at her institution, and within the profession. She was instrumental in the creation of a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan that became a template for efforts throughout the university and at other nursing schools.
Dr. Woods is a long-time member and leader within the Western Institute of Nursing. She currently serves on the Development Committee. She is known within the West as a mentor for nursing students and nurses, including those on faculty, in clinical practice, and in research roles.
She will officially receive the Academy’s highest honor at a special ceremony during its policy conference in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2017. The Academy recognizes a small number of Fellows as Living Legends each year. To be eligible, the Living Legend must have been an Academy Fellow for at least 15 years and have demonstrated extraordinary, sustained contributions to nursing and health care.
Congratulations, Dr. Woods!!