Claire M Fagin, PhD, FAAN, RN
Professor and Dean Emerita
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 418 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-4841
Dr. Fagin’s career has blended an interest in consumer health with professional health and nursing issues, and she is known for her efforts to create a new paradigm for access and quality. Currently she is Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation National Program, “Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity.” This program supports Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, schools and institutions looking to enhance their geriatric expertise, and pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars.
Serving as the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of the School of Nursing from January 1977 to January 1992, Dr. Fagin developed landmark education and research programs, a privately funded research center, and a PhD program. During her tenure she had the most faculty members of any nursing school in the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine and was ranked #1 by US News and World Report. Dr. Fagin served as the Interim President of the University of Pennsylvania from July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994. She was the first woman to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the University and the first woman to serve a term as Interim President of any Ivy League University. Presently, she is Leadership Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita at Penn.
Dr. Fagin has extensive and progressive experience in nursing, and in health care and educational administration. Through teaching, practice, consultation, and participation in the formation of health policy Dr. Fagin has had a vital impact in both public and private sectors. Her doctoral thesis, published in 1996, was a study of the relationship between the recovery of hospitalized children and their parents “rooming in”. This research received national attention, and, combined with subsequent work, it helped to permanently change attitudes and rules about parental visitation in pediatric facilities. Later research surveyed changes in hospital visitation, studied cost effectiveness of nursing research and nurse practitioners, and investigated nursing home reform.
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