School of Nursing Centennial

April 24, 2018

Infant Mental Development

Verna Hill

Advocated for women and children

Verna Hill was once told by a faculty member, “You do not have the IQ to be a registered nurse.” Despite such discouragement, she completed both her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing at the University of Washington. Hill served as the Maternal Child Health Coordinator for the King County Department of Public Health. Hill’s research indicated that infant mortality and illness declined if hospitals provided high-risk pregnant women with directed, quality health care. She implemented these findings in health care policy during her time on the National White House Conference on Families Task Force and numerous regional, state, and local boards.


BSN (1954), Masters (1979)


Alumni, Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame, Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization, Harborview Medical Center

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