Joyce Clifford, changed how nurses work with patients
At Beth Israel Hospital in the mid-1970s, Joyce Clifford began establishing the practice of primary nursing, in which each patient is assigned a nurse who assumes full responsibility for care during the hospital stay and subsequent return visits. Under that model, physicians and nurses work as co-professionals. “She revolutionized modern nursing practice with the creation of her patient-centered care model,’’ said Eileen Sporing, chief of nursing at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Clifford, 76, of West Roxbury, died Oct. 21.