Beverly Horn, PhD, RN, FAAN attended College of St. Scholas­tica, Duluth, Minnesota, and earned her BSN Cum Laude from St. Louis Univer­sity in St. Louis, Missouri. She obtained her MN (honor student) and PhD from the Univer­sity of Washington, Seattle. She is also a Certi­fied Transcul­tural Nurse.

Dr. Horn was at the vanguard to secure the promi­nence of the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing in the 21 st century. This contri­bu­tion began in March 1976 when Dr. Horn inquired about a faculty position at the U of W School of Nursing to pursue research and teaching. She was an attrac­tive appli­cant for the Depart­ment of Commu­nity Health Care Systems that offered a master’s pathway in Cross-Cultural Nursing. Her major fields of doctoral study were Nursing, Anthro­pology and Sociology. In July 1976, Dr. Horn was appointed as an assis­tant professor of nursing at the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing, Dept. of Commu­nity Health Care Systems, and in 1983 she was tenured as an associate professor. Dr. Horn also received an appoint­ment as an adjunct assis­tant professor in the US Dept. of Anthro­pology in 1979, and was adjunct associate professor from 1983 until her retire­ment in 2000. Dr. Horn was appointed professor emeritus of the Deptment of Psychoso­cial and Commu­nity Health Nursing in 2001.

During her 25-year tenure at the U of W School of Nursing, Dr. Horn worked consis­tently on four goals that she identi­fied initially for achieve­ment in 1976: (1) conduct research using an anthro­po­log­ical tradi­tion, (2) contribute actively to the School of Nursing through teaching, advising students, and serving on commit­tees in the depart­ment, school and univer­sity, (3) contribute to the devel­op­ment of the profes­sion of nursing, and (4) contribute exper­tise to commu­nity service, including working with Seattle Indian Health Board and Seattle/​King County Health Department.

As a nurse anthro­pol­o­gist, Dr. Horn set the mark for the School of Nursing to become a leader in transcul­tural nursing. Her disser­ta­tion was a study of social and cultural factors affecting Native American women during pregnancy. This was the first ethno­science maternal child health nursing study, and the first anthro­po­log­ical transcul­tural nursing study of the Muckleshoot Indians of the North­west Coast. This study showed the impor­tance of studying cultural values, beliefs and practices from the people’s viewpoints rather than assuming that Anglo-American middle class nursing or medical values were congruent with those of an indige­nous culture. This work led to a cross-cultural study to deter­mine the percep­tions of adoles­cent girls about pregnancy and health care. Dr. Horn also examined the health care needs of residents of San Juan Islands. Research findings, exper­tise in ethno­graphic method­ology, and experi­ences in working with Native American tribes were published in articles and book chapters that are classics today. Dr. Horn dissem­i­nated this knowl­edge through presen­ta­tions at numerous local and national workshops and conferences.

Dr. Horn has made a long lasting contri­bu­tion to educating nurses at all levels. She has mentored a new gener­a­tion of nurse researchers. Dr. Horn taught theory building to students in the School of Nursing PhD in Nursing Science program. Gradu­ates have described how Dr. Horn contributed to their concep­tu­al­iza­tion of the disci­pline of nursing, and under­standing of the contri­bu­tion of the socio­cul­tural environ­ment to health. She served as a member of many doctoral commit­tees in nursing and anthro­pology, and both chaired and served as a member of numerous thesis and master’s project commit­tees. Dr. Horn taught under­grad­uate and master’s courses, including those in Nursing Research, Childrea­ring Culture and Health, a course cross-listed with nursing and anthro­pology, Transi­tion to Profes­sional Practice, and Commu­nity Health Nursing. She involved doctoral and master’s students in CHARE (Commu­nity Resource Educa­tion and Advocacy Project), that involved partner­ships among the Seattle Urban Health Alliance, the Seattle-King County Public Health Depart­ment, and the schools of Nursing and Public Health and Commu­nity Medicine at the Univer­sity of Washington. With super­vi­sion by Dr. Horn, graduate students learned about commu­nity devel­op­ment and commu­nity partic­i­pa­tory action research. Dr. Horn was renowned for inter­per­sonal skills and facil­i­tated learning in individual students.

Dr. Horn was a consis­tent leader in the daily life of the School of Nursing. Since her appoint­ment in 1976, she served every year on a school committee, and in some years she contributed to work of ten commit­tees, including the Admin­is­tra­tive Council, Under­grad­uate Admis­sions and Contin­u­a­tion Committee, the Trainee­ship Committee, Minority Affairs, Faculty Research Devel­op­ment Committee, and Subcom­mittee for Doctoral Educa­tion. In 1984 she was appointed as acting chair of the Depart­ment of Commu­nity Health Care Systems. She also served consis­tently each year on many depart­mental commit­tees, such as the human subjects review committee, and the contin­uing educa­tion committee. At the univer­sity level, Dr. Horn also served on the Adjudi­ca­tion Panel for three years.

While at the UW School of Nursing, Dr. Horn was committed to devel­oping the profes­sion of nursing. Through research and teaching, Dr. Horn gener­ated new knowl­edge in transcul­tural nursing, and educated nurses at all levels of preparation.

Dr. Horn also gave dedicated service to several commis­sions and boards of inquiry. She led inquiry about entry into practice for the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, and she served seven years as a member of the Board of Direc­tors for the King county Nurses Associ­a­tion and four years as a member of the Board of Direc­tors for WSNA.

Dr. Horn worked diligently to ensure the presence of the UW School of Nursing in the larger commu­nity. She provided consul­ta­tion to Seattle Job Corps and Seattle Indian Health Board Clinic, and served as a steering committee member of Rainier Partners in Health and Garfield Partners in Health. She held leader­ship positions with the Juvenile Court Confer­ence System of the King County Juvenile Court System, the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, the Council of Nursing and Anthro­pology of the American Anthro­po­log­ical Associ­a­tion, the Transcul­tural Nursing Society, and the Inter­na­tional Transcul­tural Nursing Society.

She has also received many honors and awards including in 1979, the King County Nurse of the Year Award, in 1986,the Leininger Award for her contri­bu­tion to the field of transcul­tural nursing. And as a tireless advocate for under­served popula­tions and minority commu­ni­ties, she received a Commu­nity Service Award during the 2001 Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute.

Through stead­fast pursuit of profes­sional goals, Dr. Beverly H. Horn made a signif­i­cant and indelible contri­bu­tion to nursing in the state of Washington and throughout the country.