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Frances McGaughy Edwards

BSN 1953, MSN 1976 - Distinguished Alumna and Faculty



Recognized locally and nationally for her contribution to nursing through activism and service. Edwards’ practice has been in areas that have broadened the boundaries of nursing practice. She served the Tennessee Nurses Association as a board member, president, chair and treasurer of the political action committee. She also chaired the American Nurses Association political action committee and lobbied extensively for nurses and health care in the Tennessee State Legislature and U.S. Congress. Edwards is the first nurse to serve as president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and is one of the founders of the School of Nursing’s Julia Hereford Society.

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