Alumni Note: Distinguished Nursing Alumna Receives Honorary Doctorate

JUNE 9, 2014 – A well-known Georgetown University nursing alumna received one of three honorary degrees conferred during Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ Commencement exercises this year.

Angela Barron McBride (NHS’62, H’93), PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor emerita of nursing and the university dean emerita of the Indiana University School of Nursing, received the honorary Doctor of Science degree at the ceremony on May 11.

“Indiana University salutes you as a professional at the highest level and a shining example of the great accomplishments that one person can attain,” said Michael A. McRobbie, PhD, president of Indiana University, during the conferral.  “You have made outstanding contributions throughout your career and succeeded in a vastly challenging field.”

Many Accomplishments

McBride, who is a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing, joined the university’s faculty as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.

Over the years, she held various administrative appointments and “oversaw unprecedented growth and development of nursing programs on all eight campuses of Indiana University,” according to the Commencement script.

An accomplished author, she has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Pioneering Spirit Award of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the Hendrix Award for Leadership of the International Society for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, and the National League for Nursing’s President’s Award.

“In consideration of her lifetime of achievement, it is entirely fitting that Indiana University recognize her outstanding accomplishments,” said Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing.

McBride remains active in the Georgetown community through service on the Board of Advisors at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

By Bill Cessato