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Former School of Nursing associate dean passes away

L. Frances Pride, PhD, MS, RN
L. Frances Pride, PhD, MS, RN
L. Frances Pride, PhD, MS, RN, former associate dean of the graduate program at Loma Linda University School of Nursing, passed away March 9, 2008.

Frances Pride was born November 29, 1920, to Roy and Marian Pride in Sawyer, Kansas. Frances was raised, along with her six siblings, to love the Lord.

According to family friends, her parents were strong people who encouraged her toward the fulfillment of her personal dreams, despite their financial obstacles.

Frances Pride received an RN from the Boulder Colorado Sanitarium and Hospital in 1945; a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Union College in 1950; a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Colorado in 1956; a PhD in psychiatric nursing from the University of Maryland in 1967; and a PhD in family counseling from Georgetown University in 1969.

Her graduation from nursing came on V-J Day (Victory over Japan, World War II). Her experience as a staff nurse lasted three weeks, until the labor shortage pushed her into a head nurse position. She never went back to staff nursing. Instead, for the next 40 years, she worked a shift every week in order to keep in touch with her clinical roots. Even though she had several advanced degrees in other disciplines, she always answered questions about her career choices with “First, I am a nurse.”

The time came in Seventh-day Adventist nursing when a change needed to be made in the psychiatric nursing experience provided for Adventist students. Frances Pride was asked to get the first master’s degree in psychiatric nursing and to provide the first in-house program in Adventist nursing schools. During the next decade, she assisted in establishing psychiatric nursing programs in six denominational schools.

Frances spent a total of five years in nursing administration, and 32 years as a teacher. Of her teaching years, 14 were as administrator/teacher in graduate education in nursing. The four years that she spent as chair of a college-level department of general studies provided a change of pace for her. She also had a small practice in marital and family therapy, and taught on the graduate level in that discipline. She was licensed as a supervisor of psychotherapy training, along with her marital and family therapy and nursing licenses.

As a part of her major research, she developed and tested an adrenal stress index as a criterion measure for nursing. This was the first known biochemical criterion measure of the effectiveness of nursing on patients. She also did several other research studies related to the practice of Bowen theory.

She was a member of seven professional societies and held offices in five of them. She was a prolific writer in her areas of professional interest and expertise. She traveled widely as a teacher and consultant. She went to China, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and France.

Several honorary recognitions came to her: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Theta Tau, People to People International, Distinguished Alumnae Service Award from Union College, Distinguished University Service Award and Professor Emeritus from Loma Linda University, Association of Seventh-day Adventist Nurses Nurse of the Year, and Hall of Fame. She has had 18 nominations to Who’s Who and Notable Americans.

When Dr. Pride came to Loma Linda University in 1974, she was welcomed as the first nurse to hold two PhD degrees. She was associate dean for the graduate program in nursing from 1974–1985 and was successful in helping to bring federal funding to the School.

She left an enduring stamp on the School when she introduced the concept of family systems and how an understanding of this framework could change lives and shape nursing practice.

She is remembered as an outstanding teacher by those who sat in her classes.

Her interest in students did not end when they left the classroom, for she was always willing to give advice and counsel when asked. By those who taught with her, she was seen as an innovative leader who challenged others to be creative. Her extensive knowledge of statistical methods enriched not only her students, but broadened her colleagues’ ability to understand nursing literature as she helped them understand research methods. She will be remembered as one who enriched Adventist nursing education at Loma Linda University, Union College, and Columbia Union College.

Her busy professional life notwithstanding, she was unceasingly active in her church, filling major offices for more than 25 years. After retirement in Greeneville, she served as elder and as a member of the school board.

In retirement, Dr. Pride continued to travel at home and overseas doing seminars, teaching, and consultations. She held the title of guest professor in four major colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic states. She worked as a volunteer in Greeneville, providing income tax service for the poor and elderly. She volunteered here at the local library, generating a series of computerized indices for the genealogy room. She continued to be a prolific reader.

“Frances Pride was sustained by a great inner peace,” said James Ray McKinney, MD, at her memorial service. “She had an unshakable faith in the goodness of God and trust in the integrity of those around her.”

By James Ray McKinney, MD, and Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, April 14, 2008