Norma M Lang, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN
Professor and Dean Emerita of Nursing

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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 438A Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 573-2184

One of the world’s leading authorities on nursing standards and outcomes measures, Dr. Lang is internationally recognized for her advocacy of the role of nursing in health policy. She has pioneered the
development of an international classification for nursing practice, the Nursing Minimum Data Set, which is used to evaluate the quality of nursing care. Her seminal model for nursing quality assurance, which bears her name, was first developed in the 1970s, and has since been adopted in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Upon becoming Dean of Nursing at Penn in 1992, Dr. Lang supported more than the standard nurse-run model of teaching, research, and practice. She recognized the importance of both nurserun centers and collaborative physician-nurse practices in schools and communities and used strategic planning to move the School’s agenda toward premiere standing in academically run practice care models. This produced in Penn Nursing an extraordinary growth in the practice mission which continues to flourish. The network of innovative practices established under her leadership has provided faculty and students with clinical sites to demonstrate best practices, translate research into practice, and to initiate research programs. Her vision for the role of schools of nursing in developing and managing innovative interdisciplinary nurse-managed clinical practice models is a lasting contribution to schools of nursing nationally and internationally.

Dr. Lang is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and an Honorary Fellow of the United Kingdom’s
Royal College of Nursing. She is the recipient of the American Nurses Association Distinguished Membership Award, the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association’s Outstanding Leadership Award, and the Jessie S. Scott Award from the American Nurses Association. In addition, Dr. Lang is the 2001 recipient of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ Ernest A. Codman Award – the first woman and the first nurse to receive this prestigious honor.

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