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Gail Ann Harkness

Gail Ann Harkness, American nursing researcher, educator. Recipient National Research Service award, Department of Health and Human Services, 1977-1980; nurse traineeship grant, Department of Health, 1961-1962.


  • Harkness, Gail Ann was born on March 14, 1939 in Rochester, New York, United States. Daughter of Elmore Gibson Harkness and Doris (Wood) Harkness Kerbs.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University Rochester, 1961. Master of Science in Nursing, 1963. Dr.P.H, University Illinois, 1981.


    • Instructor Norfolk General Hospital School Nursing, Virginia, 1963—1964. Instructor pediatrics Portsmouth General Hospital, 1965. Instructor medical-surgical nursing Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia, 1966—1968.

      Administrative assistant Reading Hospital School Nursing, 1969—1972. Associate professor medical-surgical nursing Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1972—1985. Research fellow University Rochester School Nursing, New York, 1983—1985.

      Associate professor, acting chairman department research and doctoral studies Boston University School Nursing, 1985—1987. Director New England Deaconess Hosp.Ctr. Nursing Research, since 1987.


    • Author: Total Patient Care: Foundations and Practice, 4th-6th editions, 1984, Total Patient Care Workbook, 4th-6th editions, 1984.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Board directors Health Systems Agency, 1978—1983. President, 1980—1982. Board directors Visiting Nurses Association Aurora, Illinois, 1979—1983.

    Member of Massachusetts Nurses Association (board directors 1979-1983), Council Nurse Researchers, American Nurses Association (cabinet on nursing education 1980-1986), Delta Omega, Sigma Theta Tau.


    • Children: Michael D., Karen L. Merrill.
    • father: Elmore Gibson Harkness Kerbs
    • mother: Doris (Wood) Harkness Kerbs
    • children: Michael D. Harkness
    • Karen L. Merrill Harkness
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