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Dolores Little

Dolores ‚Äč‚ÄúDeo‚ÄĚ Little, MN, RN started her career at Stanford Univer¬≠sity Hospital as a staff nurse, then head nurse and super¬≠visor at Firland TB Sanito¬≠rium, and surgical super¬≠visor at Harborview Medical Center where she expanded her role to become a part-time instructor at the Univer¬≠sity of Washington School of Nursing in 1951. In 1968, Deo became a professor in the Depart¬≠ment of Commu¬≠nity Health Care Systems, and the leader¬≠ship class she taught to under¬≠grad¬≠uate students was a required course. A popular and dynamic teacher, Deo mentored hundreds of students over the course of her career.

She not only practiced quality nursing, but spoke poignantly on all facets of nursing. A sought-after spokesperson, promoting quality nursing practice throughout the U. S. and abroad, Deo presented over 300 papers, talks at confer¬≠ences, workshops, symposia, conven¬≠tions, inter¬≠na¬≠tional meetings, TV and radio shows, as well as newspaper inter¬≠views. Her unique ability to use humor in presenting critical concepts on nursing was always very popular.

Deo‚Äôs tireless commit¬≠ment to defining and enhancing the role of nursing was reflected in her pioneering efforts to delin¬≠eate the scope of practice for the clinical specialist, primary care nurse practi¬≠tioner, nurse manager, leader and polit¬≠ical activist. This was demon¬≠strated through her research, publi¬≠ca¬≠tions, and innumer¬≠able presen¬≠ta¬≠tions throughout the world.

Deo authored over 60 publi¬≠ca¬≠tions which include books, journal articles, films, audio and visual tapes, many of which focused on nursing practice, the nurse specialist, nursing care planning and nurse practi¬≠tioner. She pioneered the ‚Äč‚ÄúPrimex‚ÄĚ concept which eventu¬≠ally evolved into the role of the primary health care practitioner.

Always striving for more knowl­edge and infor­ma­tion about the impact of nursing practice on health outcomes and patient satis­fac­tion, Deo partic­i­pated in over 20 research projects throughout her career.

Clearly, her studies, papers, and presen¬≠ta¬≠tions on the nurse specialist, nurse practi¬≠tioner and nursing process have and will continue to have a lasting legacy on the practice of nursing.

Deo served on the WSNA Board of Direc¬≠tors from 1959‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČ1972 in numerous positions including: presi¬≠dent, first vice-presi¬≠dent, second vice-presi¬≠dent and ANA/WSNA conven¬≠tion delegate.

During her tenure as WSNA presi¬≠dent, Deo paved the way for recog¬≠ni¬≠tion and accep¬≠tance of collec¬≠tive bargaining and the need for parity and strong protec¬≠tions for staff nurses. Although a contro¬≠ver¬≠sial issue among nurse managers and academia, Deo was fearless in promoting collec¬≠tive bargaining in all settings. She led the way in defining nursing practice so that it could be under¬≠stood and utilized in labor negoti¬≠a¬≠tions during the collec¬≠tive bargaining process, and inspired many nurses to speak up in their work situa¬≠tions and advocate for themselves.

During Deo’s presi­dency the Nurse Practice Act was expanded to incor­po­rate language for the advanced practi­tioner level, even though the medical and hospital associ­a­tions opposed it.

She co-chaired the first Joint WSNA/WSMA Doctor-Nurse Committee promoting commu¬≠ni¬≠ca¬≠tions and collab¬≠o¬≠ra¬≠tion between the two profes¬≠sional organi¬≠za¬≠tions. With her leader¬≠ship, the first Doctor-Nurse Confer¬≠ence was held in Seattle, jointly sponsored by WSNA and WSMA. Subse¬≠quently, a Joint Commis¬≠sion on Practice was estab¬≠lished which facil¬≠i¬≠tated commu¬≠ni¬≠ca¬≠tions and joint position papers on the scope of medicine and nursing practice.

Deo, a leader who is able to artic¬≠u¬≠late the essence of nursing in a way that can be realized and under¬≠stood by all nurses, no matter what or where they practice spear¬≠headed the ANA creden¬≠tialing program to recog¬≠nize excel¬≠lence in nursing practice. During the early devel¬≠op¬≠ment of the certi¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠tion process, Deo was a strong propo¬≠nent of challenging evalu¬≠a¬≠tive criteria which were not always popular. Only after several years of debate on the floor of the ANA House of Delegates, did the certi¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠tion guide¬≠lines finally get adopted. Deo‚Äôs leader¬≠ship and perse¬≠ver¬≠ance were signif¬≠i¬≠cant factors contributing to the strong certi¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠tion program we have today.

Her award-winning film, ‚Äč‚ÄúMrs. Reynolds Needs a Nurse‚ÄĚ reflects Deo‚Äôs philos¬≠ophy and beliefs about the impor¬≠tant role of nursing as a patient advocate with clinical compe¬≠ten¬≠cies in a complex health care delivery system. This film classic has been viewed world¬≠wide by over two million health care providers in the US, Canada, the Philip¬≠pines, Australia, Japan, England, and France. Deo was the principal author and played the role of the nursing super¬≠visor in this film.

Her book, Nursing Care Planning, coauthored with Doris Carnevali, served as an invalu­able and must-read publi­ca­tion, in popular demand by nurses and nursing students across the country.

Deo, a nurse ahead of her times, is a tireless, artic¬≠u¬≠late, and passionate propo¬≠nent of nursing. She is a nurse‚Äôs nurse and can relate to nurses on all levels using day-to-day experi¬≠ences as living examples to reinforce the theoret¬≠ical content of her presen¬≠ta¬≠tions on nursing and health care.

As Honorary Presi­dent of the Washington Coali­tion for Health Security, Deo provided leader­ship in promoting health care reform which would expand access to afford­able, quality health care and allow for the choice of providers to include nurse practitioners.

She served on the Board of Direc¬≠tors of the Puget Sound Health Systems Agency and chaired the Health Promo¬≠tion and Primary Care and Preven¬≠tion Committee. She became the first Chair of PUNCH, the Polit¬≠ical Action Arm of WSNA, which today as the WSNA-PAC, continues to play a vital role in educating legis¬≠la¬≠tors, nurse members and the public about the many contri¬≠bu¬≠tions nurses make to health care in this state.

Her Profes¬≠sional Achieve¬≠ments and Peer Recog¬≠ni¬≠tion are numerous and include: Eliza¬≠beth Sterling Soule Schol¬≠ar¬≠ship Award; King County Nurses Associ¬≠a¬≠tion, Nurse of the Year Award 1963; Chris Memorial Award, ‚Äč‚ÄúMrs. Reynolds Needs a Nurse‚ÄĚ Film Excel¬≠lence; ANA Member¬≠ship Award from WSNA; Honorary Member¬≠ship Award from ANA; Distin¬≠guished Alumni Award, School of Nursing, Univer¬≠sity of Washington; Presi¬≠dent‚Äôs Award, King County Nurses Associ¬≠a¬≠tion, 1990; Univer¬≠sity of Washington Health Sciences Service Award, 1992; Lifetime Achieve¬≠ment from the Washington State Nursing Founda¬≠tion, 1995; and in 1998 the Washington State Nurses Associ¬≠a¬≠tion Hall of Fame Award.