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Marjory Gordon

Marjory Gordon is a nursing theorist and professor who created a nursing assessment theory known as Gordon's functional health patterns. She remains the international leader in this area of nursing scholarship. Dr. Gordon served as the first president of the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1977 and was named as a Living Legend by the same organization in 2009.

Academic appointment

Dr. Gordon is an emeritus professor of nursing at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Writing and scholarship

Dr. Gordon is the author of four books, including the Manual of Nursing Diagnosis, now in its twelfth edition. Her books appear in ten different languages, in forty-eight countries and six continents.

She has contributed significantly to the development of standardized nursing language. Dr. Gordon's work in this sphere has implications for research, education, evaluation of competency, and the establishment of a core of nursing knowledge based on evidence. This language will also form the basis of the nursing component of the electronic medical record.


Marjory Gordon is an alumna of the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her PhD from Boston College.

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