Women’s History Month: Dr. Anita B. Ogden

March 16 2017
Category: Events

March is Women’s History Month, and throughout the month, we are honoring the women, like Dr. Anita B. Ogden, who made an impact on the Elmira College community. 

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Dr. Ogden, a nationally known nursing leader, was the director of nurse education programs at Elmira College from 1989 until her death in 2000. Over her more than 30-year career, she significantly influenced her students, the EC nursing program, as well as the development of nurse education programs in New York State and internationally.

Dr. Ogden considered holistic, or complementary, therapies integral to professional nursing care and an important adjunct to traditional medicine. 

True to her beliefs, she once described nursing as, “…the science of knowledge, combined with the art of caring. It is an opportunity limited only by one’s own imagination. It is challenging and it is fun.”

Dr. Ogden instilled this sense of patient care in her students and once wrote that her purpose with students was focused on, “helping them inculcate a sense of professionalism, a commitment to self and others, and a sense of humor to get them through the tough times.”  Students often remarked that courses with Dr. Ogden were rigorous and demanding, but one of the most valuable experiences of their nursing education. Many of them have grown into leaders in their own right and are deans of nursing programs, successful faculty, and practitioners.

Dr. Ogden was a key driver in initiating the Elmira College Honor Society of Nursing, now known as the Rho Gamma chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Outside of Elmira College, Dr. Odgen was active in professional organizations including: the New York State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League for Nursing, and Middle States Regional Association.  She was known for her expertise in curriculum design and evaluation, and was invited by the New York State Education Department to join a committee on the state’s vision for nurse education.

Internationally, Dr. Odgen worked with the Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as a facilitator in the development of educational programs for nurses in the Caribbean. She served as a consultant for continuing nursing education programs for International Resources Instructional Services in countries such as Bulgaria, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and China.

Today Dr. Ogden’s legacy lives on through a generous gift to the College that supports the annual Anita B. Ogden Memorial Symposium. The Symposium brings internationally known scholars in complementary therapies to campus each year.

This year’s Symposium is Friday, March 17, and features Dr. Merrily Kuhn, one of the nation’s most popular lecturers in health and medicine. The event is from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m., in Stephans Lounge inside Meier Hall. Click here for full event details.