Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History
Limited Edition Nursing Pins


Veronica M. Driscoll - 2001

Veronica M. Driscoll, a passionate and visionary advocate of the professionalization of nursing, was NYSNA Deputy Director (1960–1967) and Executive Director (1969-1979). She led efforts to: elevate and standardize education requirements for nursing licensure; improve practice environments and recognition of professional nurses; and, strengthen nursing’s role in health care policy. Her writings, including Legitimizing the Profession of Nursing: the Distinct Mission of NYSNA, are nursing classics. She was NYSNA’s chief strategist in the 1972 revision of the NYS Nurse Practice Act which became a national and international model. She was the first Executive Director of the Foundation of NYSNA. To honor her extraordinary contributions to nursing, healthcare and society the Board of Trustees named the Foundation headquarters the Veronica M. Driscoll Center for Nursing.