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AACN Mourns the Loss of Former President Janet Rodgers

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Dr. Janet Rodgers, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor, Janet Rodgers, PhD, RN, FAAN, died Sunday, February 17, 2013, after suffering complications from a respiratory condition.  Dr. Rodgers was Dean of the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science from 1987 until 2001. She received a B.S. from Wagner College, and an M.A. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Ph.D. in Nursing from New York University.
Prior to her University of San Diego Deanship, Dr. Rodgers had extensive experience in clinical, administrative, and academic nursing, holding ranks from instructor to eminent and distinguished professor. Rodgers authored numerous publications and served on many advisory boards for hospital and health care agencies. She was the first nurse and first woman to serve as Chair of the Scripps Health Board of Trustees.
Rodgers was a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and served as President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She was a recipient of the “Diane F. Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award” from Nurse Week, and a “Lifetime Contributions to the Profession of Nursing Award” from the Association of California Nurse Leaders.
A Mass for Dean Emerita Rodgers will be held at the University of San Diego Founders Chapel on Wednesday, May 8, at 12:15 pm followed by a reception in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.