Betty Anderson, RN, BSN, M.Ed received her Bache­lor’s of Science in Nursing from the Univer­sity of Washington and her Master’s in Educa­tion from Whitworth College.

Since 1940, Betty has been an innov­a­tive leader in nursing admin­is­tra­tion and educa­tion where she devoted 22 years of service, in addition to her staff nursing. She worked tirelessly in the devel­op­ment of a baccalau­reate nursing program in Spokane that would allow associate degree and diploma educated regis­tered nurses to achieve a BSN degree.

As presi­dent of the Spokane League for Nursing in the 1960s, Betty led local nursing organi­za­tions as she met with regional and national nursing leaders, admin­is­tra­tors, and educa­tors to garner their support of a consor­tium approach to the program. Ultimately, Betty, along with one other colleague (Betty Harrington) convinced the presi­dent of Washington State Univer­sity to accept admin­is­tra­tive respon­si­bility for this new program, of which the Inter­col­le­giate Center for Nursing Educa­tion was established.

Throughout her tenure as an educator at the ICNE, she provided leader­ship in sculpting the nursing programs design, which for many years was the only curriculum of its kind in the United States. Subse­quently, she felt the need to devise a program that would enable regis­tered nurses working in Walla Walla, the Tri-Cities, Yakima, and Wenatchee to complete course and clinical work for their BSN. Eventu­ally, under her leader­ship, the Yakima program was expanded to also accept the basic baccalau­reate students. Betty’s futur­istic approach to nursing educa­tion, and exper­tise in working with colleagues and univer­sity officials opened entirely new, innov­a­tive oppor­tu­ni­ties for the rural regis­tered nurse to advance his or her education.

Between her long tenure with St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital as Director of both Nursing Services and Nursing Educa­tion, and with the ICNE as Assis­tant and Associate Dean, Betty served for two years as Director of Nursing Services and Consul­tant to Kootenai Memorial Hospital in Coeur d’Alene, ID, where she estab­lished a Women’s Auxil­iary and Candy Striper program.

For nearly 50 years Betty has been an active member of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion contributing count­less hours of work on numerous state level commis­sions, boards, and commit­tees which included: the first WSNA Commis­sion on Nursing Admin­is­tra­tion, the Committee on Public Relations and Member­ship, and the Committee on Contin­uing Educa­tion. She served as treasurer of the Inland Empire Nurses Associ­a­tion, provided leader­ship for two terms as presi­dent of the Spokane League for Nursing, and served as a member of the Board of Direc­tors of the Washington State League for Nursing Education.