This program, one of a series on Distinguished Leaders in Nursing, presents Dorothy M. Smith, Dean Emeritus at the University of Florida College of Nursing and Staff Nurse at the Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville. Dean Smith is interviewed by Linda H. Aiken, Ph.D., Director of Research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a former graduate of the University of Florida College of Nursing. According to Dean Smith, there are three major events of significance for nursing education, namely: (1) the recognition by Florence Nightingale that nurses have an impact on patients' (soldiers) mortality and thus need an education, (2) the development of a biologic and social science base essential for the nurse's competence, and (3) the introduction of the clinical teacher in nursing who retains competence in the practice of nursing. Dorothy Smith has contributed personally to nursing in making the dean of nursing also function as the director of the nursing services in the teaching hospital, by introducing unit management as the ideal administrative patient-care system to foster the physician-nurse collaboration, and by presenting nursing assessment of the patient with a person rather than disease orientation. Dean Smith readily admits that many of these innovations still are controversial and need to be settled by the nursing profession. Her satisfaction as a professional nurse and teacher are derived from the patients and students whom she has helped, and the technology which she has introduced into the art of nursing.