Her career took a new turn when she started working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in child psychiatry.
While working in a ‘Children’s guidance home’ during 1950’s, Leininger realized that there was a cultural basis behind recurrent behavioral patterns observed in children.
She identified a lack of cultural and care knowledge as the missing link to nursing.
She termed this observation as cultural shock.
In Mid 1950’s, she declared that Care is and should be the essence of Nursing.
In 1954, she moved on to serve as Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Graduate Program in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Cincinnati.
She was a Certified Transcultural Nurse.
She earned several degrees, including :
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Human Sciences
Doctor of Science
She was honored as
Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing (1998).
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Distinguished Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia.
She got Honorary degrees from Benedictine College, University of Indianpolis, and University of Kuopio, Finland.
(Florida Atlantic University, 2011)