CRNA Profiles: Florence McQuillen



Florence McQuillen was born in Mahtwa, Minnesota, and graduated from the Central School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota in 1925. She received her anesthesia education at the Minneapolis General Hospital in 1926. Anesthesiologist John S. Lundy invited McQuillen to join his staff at the Mayo Clinic in 1927. She worked closely with Lundy as chief nurse anesthetist and as a clinical instructor, and collaborated with him in editing and abstracting articles for Anesthesia Abstracts.

In 1948 McQuillen became the first AANA Executive Director, a position she held until her retirement in 1970. In her 22 years as Executive Director, McQuillen was influential in virtually all areas of the AANA’s growth and expansion. Under her guidance, the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare officially recognized the AANA’s authority to grant accreditation for nurse anesthesia programs and to grant certification for nurse anesthetists. She also instituted the AANA’s voluntary continuing education program, which made the AANA the first professional nursing organization to recognize the need for continuing professional education; this eventually led to the adoption of a mandatory CE program. She received the AANA Award of Appreciation in 1970 and the Agatha Hodgins Award of Outstanding Accomplishment in 1981.

 

 Sources for Additional Information on McQuillen

 
AANA loses two great leaders…former AANA executive director Florence A. McQuillen dies. AANA NewsBulletin. 1982;36(3):1,4.
 
Bankert M. Watchful Care. New York: Continuum Publishing; 1993.
 
 
Fosburgh LC. Mack: an autobiography. AANA Journal. 1996;64:583-586.
 
Richards LE. Florence A. McQuillen appointed Executive Director. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 1948;16(1):1.
 
Thatcher VS. History of Anesthesia with Emphasis on the Nurse Specialist. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott;1953.
 
 

 McQuillen's Bibliography

 
Lundy JS, McQuillen FA. Anesthesia Abstracts, 1937-1965.
 
McQuillen FA. Observations on the literature on anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 1947;8(1):80-4.
 
McQuillen FA, Lundy JS. Trends in anesthesia as indicated by a sampling of the literature. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 1947;15(4): 187-199,224.
 
McQuillen FA. Postanesthesia observation room. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 1948;16(1): 20-24, 57.
 
McQuillen FA. Cerebral manifestations of anoxia; a review of the literature, part 1. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 1949;17(2):137-73.
 
McQuillen FA. Cerebral manifestations of anoxia; a review of the literature, part 2. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 1949;17(3):256-65.
 
Dawley ES, McQuillen FA. Nurse anesthetists keep standards high. Hospital Management. 1955;79(2):40.
 
Lundy JS, McQuillen FA. Narcotics and the anesthetist: professional hazards. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 1962;30(3):147-176.
 
McQuillen FA, Baum BO. Nurse anesthetists in the United States. Canadian Nurse. 1966;62(1):34-5.