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Revolutionizing patient care: Sr. Callista Roy and 50 years of the Roy Adaptation Model

Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63, at a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of her internationally recognized model for nursing care. The reception took place at Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing, and honored Sister Callista's continuing work in the field of nursing. An alumna of Los Angeles' Mount Saint Mary's University, as well as a former chair of nursing at the Mount, Sister Callista's Roy Adaptation Model has influenced patient care in countries around the world. (Photo by Caitlin Cunningham.) (PRNewsFoto/Mount Saint Mary's University)

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2016 Fifty years ago, Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, ’63 developed a transformational nursing model that ensures patients are treated as complex human beings with ever-changing biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Ever since, the Roy Adaptation Model has provided a high-level framework for nursing practice, education and research across the globe.

Mount Saint Mary’s University congratulates its alumna, and former chair of nursing, on the 50th anniversary of the Roy Adaptation Model, now an internationally recognized standard of holistic patient care.

“Sister Callista Roy is a legend. She is a dynamic teacher, she’s a creative mind, she’s a force,” says University President Ann McElaney-Johnson. “Not only has she changed the face of nursing, she’s changed the lives of so many Mount alums who have gone into the community and served in the healthcare profession. Her theory of nursing changed the way healthcare professionals work with their patients and the families of their patients.”

Sister Callista has become one of the most influential theorists in the field of nursing. Books on her Model have been translated into numerous languages. She has spoken on nursing theory and practice in at least 36 countries and held visiting faculty appointments in Asia, Europe and South America.

A Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sister Callista graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s in 1963, 15 years after the school created California’s first-ever Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In addition to teaching at the Mount, she served as nursing chair for a decade during the 1970s and 1980s.

Sister Callista still works as a teacher, researcher and writer. She is currently a professor and nurse theorist at Boston College’s William F. Connell School of Nursing. The school hosted a celebration of Sister Callista on June 10 that brought colleagues and healthcare professionals from across the United States, the National Institutes of Health, Columbia, Japan, Mexico and Panama.

Learn more about Sister Callista and the Roy Adaptation Model.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men.

SOURCE Mount Saint Mary’s University

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