Title: Professor Emerita
Company: San Francisco State University School of Nursing
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States
Sandra J. Mackay, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University School of Nursing, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing and higher education.
Dr. Mackay enjoyed a fulfilling 38-year long career in the nursing industry prior to ending her career in 2017 as a member of the adjunct faculty of Community Health Nursing. In addition, she served San Francisco State University School of Nursing as a professor of nursing for 20 enjoyable years until reaching emerita status in 2008. During her tenure, she served as a professor at Samuel Merritt College in 2007 and served San Francisco LLC as an interim managing director and on the faculty in 2007 and 2013, respectively. From 1988 to 1995, she was also a member of the science advisory committee with the National Stroke Association.
Previously, Dr. Mackay was chairman of the P.I. Community Stroke and Head Trauma Studies at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, from 1982 to 1988 and a research assistant professor at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine from 1980 to 1988. She commenced her career as a coordinator of clinical studies at the VA Medical Center from 1979 to 1982.
Delving into the career of nursing due to her desire to become a nurse from a young age, Dr. Mackay also wanted to combine her love of nursing with her love of anthropology, and she sought to mesh the two professions and bring a cultural edge to her nursing career. In 1959, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cornell University and later received a Master of Arts in public health nursing supervision from Columbia University in 1962. She obtained a Master of Arts from Dartmouth College the same year. After obtaining some hands-on experience in the field, she returned to her studies and received a Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology from Boston University in 1979, which she considers to be the highlight of her career.
Dr. Mackay is a contributor of articles to professional journals and was a former member of Phi Delta Kappa. In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments, she was the recipient of a Community Stroke Grant through the VA Medical Center in 1988 and a Department of Health Nurse Scientist Fellowship from 1972 to 1975. In addition, she is a fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Notably, she has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in American Nursing.
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