Audrey Booth: Nursing leader in NC 1960-2000
Biography of Nurse Audrey Booth - NC Nursing Leader
In 1956, Audrey Booth was the first student to receive a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from a North Carolina nursing school (in Nursing Administration), the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
Professionally, she served as Associate Dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Director of the state-wide AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Nursing Program where she played a key role in the establishment of the Nurse Practitioner program in North Carolina. In collaboration with individuals such as Cindy Freund and Glenn Pickard, she helped to develop a common curriculum and common standards for measuring clinical competence.
Before and during her tenure as Chair of the North Carolina Board of Nursing, she effectively lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly for the passage of a bill recognizing the practice of nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. This hallmark legislation allowing advanced practice registered nurses to perform medical acts and prescribe medications was passed in 1975.
The Audrey Booth Nursing Scholarship Fund at UNC Chapel HIll was created by Walter Royal Davis, a native of Pasquotank County, NC, wanted to honor Audrey Booth, the first graduate of the SON's master's program (1957), for her exemplary and long-time leadership for nurses and nursing in the State of North Carolina. Ms. Booth was a former faculty member and Associate Dean in the School of Nursing.
From the Carrington Quarterly, 2005 honoring Booth as the first MSN graduate of UNC Chapel HIll
Booth, A. (1977) Legal Accommodation of the Nurse Practitioner Concept: The Process in North Carolina. The Nurse Practitioner. 2(8)