Katharine Densford Dreves (1890-1978) 1984 Inductee

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ANA Hall of Fame Inductee

Katharine DrevesKatharine Densford Dreves is best remembered for her contributions to organized nursing and to nursing education. From 1944 to 1948, Dreves served two consecutive terms as the American Nurses Association (ANA) president.

During her presidency, the ANA Professional Counseling and Placement Service and the Economic Security Program were initiated and the association's first platform was adopted to remove the barriers against minority group nurses seeking ANA membership. As vice-president of the International Council of Nurses, she was the official observer at meetings of the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization and represented ANA at the first national conference of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1948. Dreves also served as president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau.