Grayce Sills (1926 – 2016)


Inspiration for Activism! 

  • Tireless advocate for nursing as a discipline, and the value of  nurse-patient relationships.
  • Nurtured networking and connections between nurses with different points of view, and between nurses and people from other disciplines.
  • Beloved mentor to nurses over 3 generations.
  • Used “Graycisms” to raise awareness – for example she urged ending the use of the phrase “doctor’s orders” and replace it with “physician prescriptions” alongside “nurse prescriptions” to guide coordinated and comprehensive care.
  • Co-founder of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (with Karen Babich, Judith Maurin, and Shirley Smoyak).
  • Founding Editor of Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) along with Nikki Polis.

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