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Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame is to preserve the history of neonatal nursing and highlight the contributions of our many neonatal nursing pioneers. The 2018 Inaugural Inductee was presented at ANN's Spring National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference in Portland, Oregon.

We are excited to honor our nursing heritage and invite you to submit nominations for the next induction. Inductees will be selected by a committee of ANN volunteers. Click here to download an application. We also invite you to help us build and preserve our history by contributing historical images, telling us your own stories, or by joining our Hall of Fame Committee. Please join our volunteers here

2018 Palm Springs Hall of Fame Induction Presentation

Tracy Karp introduces Patricia Johnson
the 2018 inaugural inductee to the
Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame

About Pat Johnson

Patricia Johnson, DNP, MPH, RN, NNP, pioneered the advanced practice neonatal nursing role in the Intermountain Newborn Intensive Care Center at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City in 1973, as part of her MSN degree. Pat noted in her thesis that a nurse working in an advanced practice, primary care role could care for infants needing intensive care in a manner comparable to pediatric interns, with greater continuity of care.

Following graduation, Ms.Johnson worked in an advanced practice role at the Children's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout her career, Pat has been a part of moving the specialty of neonatal nursing forward. She was a member of the first Board of Directors of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and worked in many capacities within the organization, including Interim Executive Director. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Neonatal Nursing.

As we celebrate the Past, Present and Future of Neonatal Nursing we are delighted to recognize and pay tribute to Ms. Johnson, the inaugural inductee to the Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame.

Evelyn Lundeen who headed the first premature nursery in the United States inducted to the 2019 Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame

About Evelyn Lundeen

Evelyn Lundeen, RN (February 15, 1900–January 29, 1963) graduated from Augustana College and Lutheran Hospital Nursing School, both in Illinois. In 1924, she was asked by Dr. Julius Hess to run the first premature nursery in the United States, the Premature Station at Sarah Morris Hospital. Ms. Lundeen traveled to other cities to teach the principles of nursing care for premature infants. She conducted a study about the outcomes of infants born from 1928–1933 and cared for at the Station, and with Dr. Hess, she also co-authored an early textbook on premature baby care.  


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