Faculty Profile

Abby Heydman
Consultant - President's Office

Abby Heydman, PhD, RN, is Professor and Academic Vice President Emerita and former Dean for Nursing at SMU. She continues to serve the University as a consultant on special projects and as the editor of the Nu Xi At Large Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society newsletter. Abby holds a PhD from the University of California Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Washington.

Her most recent scholarship and research involves a study on the transition of hospital schools of nursing to collegiate status 1985-2010, and initial findings were presented in September 2010 at the International Perspectives on the History of Nursing Conference in London, England. In 2012, Dr. Heydman, along with Dr. Nancy Haugen, received a grant from Nu Xi at Large, Sigma Theta Tau, to conduct an oral history project on the first 20 years of Nu Xi at Large Chapter.

Heydman, A.M.; Diaz, S.; Jones, D. (2012) Strategies for Success as An Effective Board Member
on Community & Non-Profit Agency Boards. Taking the Lead: Strategies for Success in
the Emerging Healthcare Environment Conference; Bay Area Regional Conference of the
Association of California Nurse Leaders, Friday, March 30, 2012. Samuel Merritt University,

Heydman, A.M. & Sargent, A. (2010). Planning for Accreditation: Evaluating the Curriculum. in
Curriculum Development and Evaluation. Sarah Keating, (Editor). New York: Springer Publishing

*Heydman, A. M. (2009). Nursing Management of Patients With Glandular and Hormonal Disorders. In
K. S. Osborn,K.S., C. E. Wraa, & A. Watson (Eds.), Medical- Surgical Nursing Preparation for Practice (Chapter 52, pp. 1613-1658). . Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Health Sciences.

$1,500 Nu Xi at Large, Sigma Theta Tau International for an oral history project to document the first 20 year of Nu Xi at Large Chapter.

Sigma Theta Tau International, North America Region One Coordinator 2011-2013
Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (Former member of the Commission and currently accreditation site visitor)
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Substantive Change Committee (past service)
Doctoral Program Substantive Change Committee (past service)
Accreditation site visitor (current)
Working Group on the Criteria for Accreditation for Graduate Education (current)


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