2016 Hall of Fame Award
This prestigious award recognizes an individual’s lifelong commitment to the field of nursing
and its impact on the health and/or social history of the U.S.
Muriel Poulin, EdD, RN, FAAN, 2016 Inductee
Dr. Muriel Poulin has achieved an extraordinary career in nursing,
spanning more than 50 years in over a dozen countries.
Throughout her career, she has served on numerous boards of directors,
published research articles including the original Magnet Hospital
study (which she co-authored) under the auspices of the American
Academy of Nursing, and taught as a visiting professor in other countries.
She successfully established the first master’s program in nursing
in Spain after serving as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of
Barcelona. Furthermore, her outstanding leadership and commitment
to nursing have earned her several awards for excellence in research
Dr. Poulin moved to Washington, DC, in 1946, where she worked at
Gallinger Municipal Hospital (later renamed District of Columbia General
Hospital in 1953) as a staff nurse, head nurse and clinical supervisor.
In 1953, she was recruited to be a member of a task force responsible
for opening and managing the newly constructed Damascus
General Hospital in Syria, and served as its director of nursing. This
opportunity led her to understand that high quality patient care is achieved when nursing services
are led by well-prepared nursing administrators, and it also began her commitment to international
Dr. Poulin returned to the U.S. in 1955, where she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as the
coordinator of staff development. Two years later, she was recruited by the U.S. Agency for International
Development to work at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in San José, Costa Rica, as the assistant
hospital administrator for nursing. She returned to the U.S. in 1958, went on to earn her master’s
degree in nursing administration from the University of Colorado, spent a year traveling the
world and then joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in 1962 as an assistant professor.
After earning her doctorate in education and nursing administration at
Columbia University’s Teachers College, Dr. Poulin returned to Massachusetts,
where she was the chair of the graduate program in nursing administration
for 17 years at Boston University until she retired in 1989. Dr.
Poulin has strengthened the profession of nursing nationally and internationally,
and she has been an inspirational role model to nurses everywhere.