Angela Barron McBride
Angela Barron McBride's significant influence stems from her superb skills as an educator, authenticity as a leader, and ability to elevate nurse mentoring to an art.
Dr. McBride is Distinguished Professor and University Dean Emerita at Indiana University School of Nursing. Currently, she is a member of the Clarian Board, and chairs the board’s Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. She served as president of Sigma Theta Tau International (1987–1989) and of the American Academy of Nursing (1993–1995).
Dr. McBride is known for her contributions to women’s mental health; her book The Growth and Development of Mothers was named one of the best books of 1973 by both the American Journal of Nursing and the New York Times. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 35 (women’s health) and Division 38 (health psychology) and received the latter’s “Outstanding Contributions to Nursing and Health Psychology” Award in 1995; that same year, she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine.
She is actively involved in an assortment of leadership-development programs, running the leadership conference for the Hartford Foundation’s Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program and chairing the National Advisory Committee of the RWJF’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Her book on The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders will be published in Fall 2010. In 2006, she was named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing.
The interview below was conducted in October 2004, when Dr. McBride was a selected as a 'Sage' in the inaugural Densford Center's Summit of Sages.
Full length interview with Angela Barron McBride
Watch Angela Barron McBride's responses to each question
Why did you become a nurse and when?
The definition of a leader includes the concept of influencing the behavior of others. When did you first consider yourself a leader?
Can you describe a situation where you felt like you had to take a stand that was controversial or unsupported? And what was it about the situation that made you feel that you needed to speak up?
Who was helpful to you in situations like this? Where did you gain your support?
What do you think is different and similar about leadership, compared to 30 years ago?
What message do you have to give graduates from nursing programs today?
What are some of the accomplishments that you are most proud of in your career?