Loretta C. Ford, pioneer of the nurse practitioner profession, turns 100!
Dr. Ford has dedicated herself to nursing since the age of 16 when, as a new high school graduate, she became a nurse’s aide because she was too young to begin nursing training. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces, Ford went on to earn a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1949 and 1951, respectively.
As she advanced in her career as a nursing leader, Dr. Ford realized the profound, untapped potential of the nursing profession to do more to promote and positively impact the health of children. In 1965, she worked with pediatrician Dr. Henry K. Silver at the University of Colorado to co-found the pediatric nurse practitioner role to meet growing primary health care needs for children. The nurse practitioner profession and its dedication to elevating nursing clinicians grew, and by 1973 the United States offered more than 65 nurse practitioner programs. In that same year, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) was established.
Celebrate Dr. Ford and her contribution to advanced practice nursing with us on her birthday, Dec. 28. Thank you to everyone who shared birthday greetings for this webpage and our Facebook page.