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UCLA honors nursing theorist among 6 notable alumni

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Sister Callista Roy, RN, MSN, PhD, a nursing theorist, was among six notable alumni honored with UCLA Awards at campus ceremonies May 17. The awards tradition, which began in 1946, pays tribute to alumni who show outstanding achievement in their professional fields and whose contributions to society demonstrate a commitment to excellence. The UCLA Awards are bestowed by the UCLA Alumni Association.

Roy, a nursing theorist who implemented master’s and doctoral nursing programs at multiple universities, was bestowed the UCLA Award in Professional Achievement. She is best known for developing the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing, a theoretical approach used globally in education, practice and research.

She is a sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and has served as a visiting professor at colleges around the world. The American Academy of Nursing and the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses named her a Living Legend.

Other award recipients at UCLA include: actor Kal Penn, UCLA Award for Recent Graduate Achievement; dancer-choreographer Lula Washington, UCLA Award for Community Service; senior federal appeals court judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year Award; federal district court judge David Carter, UCLA Award in Public Service; and university librarian emerita Gloria Werner, UCLA Award in University Service.

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