Nursing scholar Sue T. Hegyvary, RN, PhD, FAAN, an alumna of Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree during Emory's 160th commencement Monday, May 16. Dr. Hegyvary will join four other honorary degree recipients this year: renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, who will deliver the keynote address; Atlanta developer Tom Cousins; former Emory Law School Dean Ben F. Johnson Jr.; and Oxford University administrator Robin Butler.
Dr. Hegyvary is professor and dean emeritus of the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, and the editor of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Dr. Hegyvary, a 1966 master's graduate of Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, has combined her clinical expertise with her teaching experience throughout her career to advance the science of medical-surgical nursing through research and practice.
A nationally and internationally recognized nursing scholar, educator, researcher, and practitioner, Dr. Hegyvary has assisted with the development of practice-based investigation in many other nations. Her service includes time as a faculty member for the American International Health Alliance in Uzbekistan and St. Petersburg, Russia. Colleagues recognized her efforts by electing her one of the first members of the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Hegyvary's research interests include nursing and health care systems, the quality of nursing care, and international health. Most recently she studied the determinants of health in 191 countries, focusing on life expectancy and child mortality. From this study she has developed an explanatory model with three types of determinants of health outcomes: resources, empowerment, and demography. In March, she discussed this study at the School of Nursing's annual Hugh P. Davis lecture.
In addition to her master's degree from Emory, Dr. Hegyvary holds a doctorate in sociology from Vanderbilt University and a BSN from the University of Kentucky. She also served 14 years as associate vice president and associate dean at Rush University School of Nursing in Chicago. She is the author or coauthor of more than 90 publications, including journal articles, book chapters, books, monographs, and reviews.