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Sister Callista Roy

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A recognized nurse theorist, researcher, writer and teacher Martha Elizabeth Rogers was born on May 12, 1914 in Dallas Texas as the first born daughter and oldest of four siblings of Mr and Mrs. Rogers. As the oldest of four siblings Sister Callista Roy was born on October 14, 1939 as the second child but first daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fabien Roy. Devote Catholics her parents name her after Saint Callistus from a Roman Catholic Calendar of the day on which she was born. The daughter of a licensed nurse Callista was continuously taught the importance of knowing all you could about people, the care they needed and most importantly the selfless giving as a nurse. By the age of 14 Callista began working at a large general hospital as a pantry girl and quickly moved up in rank to a nurse's aid.
Being raised in a highly religious oriented family Callista reached a crossroads in her life and after much soA deep spirit of faith, hope, love and commitment to God and service to others was central in this family of seven boys and seven girls. Her mother was a licensed vocational nurse and instilled the values of always seeking to know more about people and their care and of selfless giving as a nurse. Dr. Roy notes that she also had excellent teachers in parochial schools, high school, and college. At age 14 she began working at a large general hospital, first as a pantry girl, then as a maid, and finally as a nurse's aid. After a soul-searching process of discernment, she decided to enter the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, of which she has been a member for more than 40 years. Her college education began in a liberal arts program, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a ...

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...d Sigma Theta Tau International Founders Award for contributions to professional practice. She has also received honorary doctorates from Eastern Michigan University, Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI, and from St. Joseph's College in Standish, ME. In addition, the Sister Callista Roy Lectureship was established at the Department of Nursing at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. The Roy Knowledge Institute has been established by the alumni/ae of Boston College PhD in Nursing Program. Dr. Roy has also received the outstanding Alumna Award and Carondelet Medal from Mount St. Mary's, her alma mater, where she holds a concurrent position as Research Professor in Nursing.
In addition to her scholarly work, community, family and friends, Dr. Roy enjoys music, art, and time for private prayer and reflection, especially in areas where the beauty of nature surrounds her.

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