Centenary Medal – Paula Kagan

Dr. Kagan is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, DePaul University Chicago where she teaches graduate courses in theory, ethics, policy, and research – all from critical perspectives. An affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, she served as Interim Chair of that Department in 2014 and 2015. Dr. Kagan developed many courses that reflect social justice tenets such as Women’s Health, Health at the Margins, and Lesbian Health Matters. Dr. Kagan received the Illinois Board of Higher Education Nurse Educator Fellowship Award and the DePaul Humanities Center Fellowship for her analysis of documentary filmmaking as nursing praxis. She was a recipient of The OpEd Project Fellowship.

Dr. Kagan has authored works on listening, nursing philosophy, radical nurses, innovation, creating change, and health policy. Dr. Kagan and her co-authors, Marlaine Smith and Peggy Chinn published the only anthology in nursing on social justice: Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis. This important book won the prestigious 2015 AJN Book of the Year Award in two categories. Dr. Kagan has multifaceted and diverse experience in the hospital, the community, and the health insurance industry. She maintains an assiduous critique of American health care.

Dr. Kagan contends that her education at UBC provided the foundation for her philosophy of nursing, her reverence for theory and scholarship, and the direction of her work. She has terrific grown children and lives with her architect husband and standard poodle in the Catskill Mountains above Woodstock, NY.