Regents' Proceedings 829
R. Faye McCain, Professor of Nursing, has retired from active faculty status
as of January 1, 1981 after a productive career as a teacher and clinician.
A native of Texas, Miss McCain received her Nursing Diploma from the
Parkland Hospital School of Nursing in 1937. She later took her
undergraduate study at San Francisco College for Women and her graduate
study at Teachers College, Columbia University.
From 1940-1950, Miss McCain served in multiple capacities in the Veterans
Administration Hospital system. Her VA service was interrupted by a tour of
duty as a Flight Nurse in the European Theater from 1942 -1945. In 1950,
she joined the faculty of San Francisco College for Women where she taught
In 1953, Miss McCain came to The University of Michigan as Assistant
Professor of Nursing and Supervisor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the
University Hospital. During her tenure at Michigan, she was instrumental in
the development of Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing; serving as
the first Director of the Graduate Program in Medical-Surgical Nursing from
1964-1974 and completing her administrative responsibilities as Acting
Director of Graduate Study in Nursing from 1974-1976.
In addition to her well-recognized efforts in the development of graduate
education in nursing, Miss McCain was most renowned for her landmark
work in nursing assessment. Initially published in 1965, this work and its
subsequent development led to fundamental change in nursing practice and
The Regents recognized this distinguished health educator for her dedicated
service by naming her Professor Emerita of Nursing.