Virginia Henderson

nurse, researcher, theorist and author

Virginia Avenel Henderson (November 30, 1897March 19, 1996) was an American nurse, researcher, theorist and author.


  • The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge.
    • Henderson, V., The Nature of Nursing (1966), New York: Macmillan Publishing, page 15.
    • Henderson is famous for a definition of nursing
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