Lois Price Spratlen

Lois Price Spratlen, MN, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN

December 31, 1931 - March 30, 2013

Dr. Lois Price Spratlen was a 1954 graduate of Hampton Institute with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  She went on to complete her MN at UCLA in 1972 and received her PhD in urban social planning from the University of Washington (UW) in 1976.  She had a 55-year career in nursing because she started the year before becoming an RN by working part-time in public health at King’s Daughter’s Hospital in Norfolk, VA. She insisted through her retirement in 2008, that she never left nursing because she approached her work using the nursing process, even when serving for many years as an ombudsman.

Her professional achievements are truly outstanding. Some examples include: initiation into Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honorary Society) in 1972; certification as an adult psychiatric mental health nurse with prescriptive authority (1985); becoming the first nurse and woman to serve as UW Ombudsman and Ombudsman for Sexual Harassment (1988); advancing through faculty ranks to Full Professor of Nursing at the UW in 1992; publishing extensively and serving as a journal co-editor in ombudsing as well as a member of an editorial board in psychosocial nursing; being named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 1999; induction into the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame (2006); and receiving several lifetime achievement awards from nursing and community organizations.

She was generous in her contributions to Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization in Seattle, WA as well as to other nursing organizations.  We are most appreciative of her generosity to her alma mater in creating the Lois Price Spratlen Endowed Chair in Community and Mental Health Nursing.

Hampton University honors the late Dr. Lois Price Spratlen as a distinguished alumna on this occasion of the 60th Anniversary of her graduation.  The School of Nursing proudly inducts her into its Hall of Fame.