23 to be inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

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Represent six countries. 

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) will induct 23 nurse researchers, representing six countries, into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland, 27-31 July 2017.

International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame awardOn 29 July, these 23 nurses—representing Australia, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States—will be presented with the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award and participate in a conversation with STTI President Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN. 

Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. The honorees’ research projects may be shared through STTI’s Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, enabling nurses everywhere to benefit from their discoveries and insights. Wiley sponsors the award presentation.

“Congratulations to these 23 individuals for their incredible combined contribution to global health and the future of nursing,” says STTI President Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I look forward to learning more about their personal stories and achievements and to seeing how their work inspires other researchers.”

“Wiley is delighted to sponsor STTI’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame awards again this year,” says Wiley Publishing Manager for Nursing Kassie Stovell. “We join with Sigma in congratulating each recipient for their significant contributions to research, leadership, and advancing health around the world.”.

STTI’s annual international nursing research congress attracts nearly 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders who learn from evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 28th congress is Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship. To view details or register for the event, visit www.nursingsociety.org/congress.

The following STTI members will be inducted:

Jane ArmerJane Armer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA; director of nursing research, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; founding director of the American Lymphedema Framework Project; and member of the National Lymphedema Network Medical Advisory Committee and Lymphology Association of North America board. As principal investigator for three grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, she has conducted extensive work in lymphedema prevalence, signs and symptoms, anthropometric measurement, and self-management among breast cancer survivors; fatigue among persons with lymphedema; and self-management of chronic illness. She is subcontract principal investigator on an NCI-funded grant prospectively examining lower limb lymphedema following gynecological cancer. Armer also leads the lymphedema research in three NCI-funded Alliance Cooperative Oncology Group trials now underway. She has published more than125 articles—the majority on lymphedema and cancer survivorship. She has a strong record of mentoring doctoral students, junior faculty, and clinical colleagues. She is a member of Alpha Iota Chapter.

“The selection for induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is a singular professional honor,” Armer says. “It is recognition of the body of work over a lifetime of research.”

Kathryn H. BowlesKathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, is the van Ameringen Professor in Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Bowles’ program of research in transitional care, decision support, home care, and the electronic health record has been continuously funded for 20 years by federal and foundation sources. She has over 200 publications and presentations and has served on many international committees and workgroups to advance care of older adults and development of the electronic health record. She is an elected fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI). In 2011, Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her research on discharge referral decision-making. She is a member of Alpha Nu Chapter.

“I am a career-long (27-year) member of Sigma Theta Tau, so it is a great honor to receive this award and recognition from a society and its members that I hold in great esteem,” Bowles says. “I hope that the story of my research journey inspires others to work hard and dream big. This award is so important to my team because the recognition helps us to disseminate knowledge that ultimately improves patient care. It also affirms that we are solving an important problem to assure that all patients being discharged from the hospital get the care that they need.”

Diane L. CarrollDiane L. Carroll, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FESC, is a nurse scientist in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Carroll has maintained a program of research that focuses on improving patient-care outcomes in acute care settings and during health transitions. She has contributed to knowledge that describes the recovery trajectories in patients with cardiovascular disease, tested nursing interventions, and translated knowledge into practice by creating an environment where nurses can ask questions generated from the bedside and answered in mentored research experiences. She has authored more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and four book chapters, and she has presented her research at a number of regional, national, and international research conferences. Carroll is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. She is a member of Alpha Chi Chapter at Boston College.

“To me, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International is an honor that recognizes my significant contribution to the generation, testing, and dissemination of nursing knowledge into clinical practice,” Carroll says. “My career as a nurse scientist focused on improving patient-care outcomes, and my research has created knowledge for those nurses who practice in the acute care settings. This is a tribute to all nurses who care for patients.”

Trisha DunningTrisha Dunning, PhD, AM, RN, CDE, 
a professor of nursing at Deakin University and Barwon Health in Australia, is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and researcher. She has served on many professional committees, including two terms on the board of The International Diabetes Federation and she is a member of the Board of Diabetes Victoria. She has held positions in the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), including president, and currently chairs the ADEA Research Council. She is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, 10 books, and several diabetes-related guidelines—including the McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes, which won two safety awards and has been implemented in many aged-care facilities in Australia. Her research focuses on older people with diabetes and end-of-life care. She has a passion for creative writing and has published in that genre. Dunning is a member of Xi Omicron Chapter.

“The award is a significant honor and will contribute to my professional standing within my hospital and university as well as my colleagues and professional associations,” Dunning says. “It will enhance my research track record and be an important inclusion on grant applications and future publications. It attests to my contribution to research on an international level and is important to future clinical and research collaborations.”

Veronica D. FeegVeronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN, 
is the Gitenstein Professor and associate dean at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s degree from New York University, and a PhD from Penn State University. She has been a nurse educator for more than 35 years and was editor of Pediatric Nursing, a clinical and research journal, for 25 years. She was the AAN/ANF Senior Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine in 2004-05 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research focuses on children and families with an emphasis on pediatric palliative care, along with a trajectory in health informatics and methods. She is a past member of the board of directors for Health Services for Children with Special Needs in Washington, D.C. She is the author of two review books and has authored more than 150 book chapters, research articles, and editorials. She is a member of Epsilon Kappa Chapter.

“I am proud to receive this international honor based on my research and international collaborations with colleagues,” Feeg says. “But what is most important to me is the recognition of my mentoring activities, having supervised all levels of students, including doctoral students. My career has afforded me opportunity to develop areas of research that have been carried on by my students.”

Mei R. FuMei R. Fu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a tenured associate professor of nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY, USA. She is an internationally known researcher and educator who has had a prolific and distinguished career in nursing research, education, and practice that has focused on symptom science to develop effective assessment and management of cancer-related symptoms. Her research incorporates qualitative and quantitative methods, genomic and biomarker approaches, and cutting-edge measurement technology as well as innovative behavioral interventions. Her award-winning research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Oncology Nursing Society, Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing, Avon Foundation, Vital Fund, Judges and Lawyers for Breast Cancer Alert, and Pfizer Independent Learning and Change grant. She has also been honored as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, fellow of Geriatrics at the Hartford Institute of Geriatrics, and fellow of New York Academy of Medicine. She is a member of Upsilon Chapter.

“Being inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame provides me with the platform to interact with the most talented researchers worldwide,” Fu says. “Such interactions not only inspire creativity and innovation for my future research but also expand the horizon of my research dissemination worldwide. Thanks to Sigma Theta Tau for creating this unique platform for high-quality research recognition and communication to advance nursing science!”

Donna Sullivan HavensDonna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Her science focuses on designing environments for excellent nursing practice and patient care. Because of her mantra “Designing systems to promote desired outcomes,” some say she has furthered the global tipping point for reforming the organization of nursing in hospitals. Her signature contribution is the Decisional Involvement Scale (DIS), which assesses shared governance globally. In 2015, Mometrix ranked her third out of 30 Most Influential U.S. Nursing Deans, citing the DIS as a major influence on policy and practice. She is one of a few who are defining evidence-based practice for nurse leaders. Havens has chaired American Organization of Nurse Executives task forces and committees to impact future care delivery systems and research agendas and American Academy of Nursing expert panels (Magnet and Building Healthcare System Excellence). She also conducted the first ANCC Magnet research and authored the first publications in this field. Today, she chairs the Commission on Magnet, overseeing the ANCC Magnet Program globally. She is a member of Alpha Alpha Chapter.  

“This is a highlight and pinnacle of my scholarly career,” Havens says. “This instills both humility and pride to be selected by such a prestigious group to become a member of this highly regarded and recognized Hall of Fame.”

Cheryl Dennison HimmelfarbCheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, ANP, RN, FAAN, is a professor and director of the Office for Science and Innovation at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Himmelfarb’s commitment to reducing health disparities and improving care and outcomes for cardiovascular patients is evident through her scholarship. Her research has led to development of effective, transferrable health system and team-based strategies to improve the quality of cardiovascular care. Her work has contributed to greater understanding of social and cultural determinants of cardiovascular risk, particularly among vulnerable populations. She has served on national expert panels, generating scientific statements and clinical guidelines to improve cardiovascular care. Himmelfarb has been prolific in her efforts to disseminate this research to scientific and clinical audiences, thus informing research and policy efforts while driving improvements in clinical practice and patient outcomes. She is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.

“I am humbled by the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award recognition of the importance of this body of work focused on reducing disparities and improving care and outcomes for cardiovascular patients,” Himmelfarb says. “This body of scholarship is the result of my collaborations with numerous exceptional leaders and trainees in cardiovascular and nursing science—to each of them, I am thankful.”

Christine KennedyChristine Kennedy, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN, is associate dean for academics at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and holds the M.H. Sly Endowed Chair with a joint appointment as professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine. She was professor and Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at the University of California–San Francisco from 1993-2013. Over the past two decades, she has conducted funded research studies with an emphasis on the influence of illness, media, and culture on young children’s developing health behaviors in the United States and Pacific Rim countries. In serving on the Children and Families Commission, her policy activities helped establish universal healthcare for one in three children in the state of California. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Wharton School Executive Leadership. She is a member of Alpha Eta and Beta Kappa chapters.

“Research is all about relationships,” Kennedy says. “Receiving the STTI International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award is a powerful affirmation of one’s own contributions to nursing science and also a reflection of all those individuals whose contributions have brought us to this point in our careers. Our own mentors, study participants, staff, students, and particularly mentees who worked on research teams over the years are also honored with this award.”

Susan Carter McMillanSusan Carter McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, is a distinguished university professor and the Thompson Professor of Oncology Nursing at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA, where she chairs the Oncology Nursing Concentration in the master’s, DNP, and PhD programs. McMillan’s major areas of research have been symptom assessment and management in persons with cancer across the disease trajectory and quality of life of hospice patients with cancer and their family caregivers. McMillan has developed several clinically relevant assessment tools, including the Hospice Quality of Life Index, the Caregiver Quality of Life Index, and the Constipation Assessment Scale. The tools have been used widely in the United States and have been translated for use in other countries. She is known internationally for her work with quality of life of hospice patients, and she has traveled widely around the globe speaking to nurses about her research. She is a member of Delta Beta-at-Large Chapter.

“This is an honor that caps a lifetime of work,” McMillan says. “It is wonderful to be lauded by my peers near the end of my research career. I am very grateful for this incredible honor.”

Sandy MiddletonSandy Middleton, PhD, RN, ICU Cert, FACN, is a professor of nursing and director of the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Australia in Sydney, and Australian Catholic University, also in Sydney. She has obtained 71 grants totaling more than $22 million. She has led large, multisite, cluster randomized controlled implementation trials demonstrating that nurse-initiated protocols can reduce death and dependency following acute stroke. She has a track record of translating evidence into practice nationally and internationally and has won multiple awards. Middleton is a ministerial appointment to Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee and has published in multiple international peer reviewed journals, including Lancet, Stroke, Implementation Science, and International Journal of Stroke. She is a member of Xi Omicron Chapter.

“This prestigious international award acknowledges the contribution my research has made to nursing and improving patient outcomes,” Middleton says. “It will assist me to engage with international nursing clinicians and scholars to disseminate my results and help promote evidence translation.”

Lorraine C. MionLorraine C. Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, is research professor and interim director, Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care at The Ohio State University College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Her areas of specialty are acute care geriatrics (physical restraints, delirium, falls) and implementation science. Mion’s research has been funded by federal, foundation, and organizational resources for more than 30 years. She has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious geriatric, nursing, quality and safety, administration, and critical-care journals. She has presented more than 100 times at national and international meetings. Her work on decreasing physical restraints in U.S. hospital settings has impacted policy through The Joint Commission accreditation standards and NICHE best practices for geriatric nursing. Mion influenced emergency care medicine through one of the early ED geriatric care models. She has served as a mentor to numerous staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, doctoral students, and physicians specializing in geriatric care. She is a member of Alpha Chapter.

“It is the greatest honor to be recognized by one’s peers and especially from a renowned international society, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International,” Mion says. “STTI has promoted and recognized worldwide nursing for decades, and I am truly honored to be among those given this prestigious award. Notice of this award on my faculty profile will continue to attract young and junior nurses to the College of Nursing who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in gerontological nursing. I am so appreciative of STTI in providing us this means by which to promote our work and mentor future scientists.”

Susan M. RawlSusan M. Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN, is a professor of nursing at Indiana University, USA, and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. For the past 20 years, Rawl has conducted patient-centered research, testing interventions to increase cancer screening among people at increased risk—including those with limited resources, low literacy levels, and minority populations. Currently, she is conducting a PCORI-funded trial to increase colorectal cancer screening among low-income and minority patients and collaborating on a multi-behavior intervention trial to increase colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening among rural women. Rawl has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed articles and made more than 200 research presentations. She is immediate past president of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, immediate past chair of the American Cancer Society’s Lakeshore Division board of directors, and a fellow in the American Academy of Health Behaviors and the American Academy of Nursing. Rawl is a member of Alpha and Mu Omega chapters.

“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award from Sigma Theta Tau International,” Rawl says. “It has been a long journey from the time I was first inducted into our international honor society as a graduate student in 1984 to receiving this international recognition of my work 33 years later. I have always been extremely proud to be a member of STTI and greatly appreciate the value the organization places on nursing scholarship and research. To be named as a member of the Hall of Fame is the ultimate achievement, and I hope it will inspire future nurse scientists.”

Nancy S. RedekerNancy S. Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is the Beatrice Renfield Term Professor of Nursing, director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory, and principal investigator of the Yale Center for Sleep Disturbance in Acute & Chronic Conditions, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Her sustained program of research focuses on the role of sleep and sleep disorders among people with, or at risk for, chronic conditions in a variety of clinical and community settings. Redeker is a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research and an ambassador for the Friends of the NINR. She is editor of Sleep Disorders & Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice, the first textbook focused on evidence-based practice regarding sleep in nursing practice. She is also editor of Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute & Critical Care. She is a member of Delta Mu Chapter.

“I am honored to be named to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and hope to serve as a role model for others who seek a career in the advancement of nursing science,” Redeker says.

Sheila Hedden RidnerSheila Hedden Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She has conducted funded research in lymphedema and cancer symptom management for more than a decade in national and international settings and has numerous publications and presentations to her credit. She has brought sophisticated measurement and intervention tools to professionals and patients alike. She has worked with and led teams composed not only of nurses but also medical, psychological, physical therapy, and alternative therapy researchers— with results that influence the profession, patients, families, community, and public policy. She is well-known as an international expert in lymphedema and for her worldwide service to the lymphedema community. She is a member of Iota Chapter.

“This award brings formal recognition of my body of research from those I respect the most, fellow nurses,” Ridner says. “To become one of the few nurse researchers worldwide to be inducted brings honor not only to myself but also Vanderbilt School of Nursing. It also increases awareness about the orphan diseases related to lymphatic dysfunction. On a personal note, it is hard to imagine that, as someone from an extremely rural upbringing, I have achieved international recognition for doing something that I love. Nursing is the best profession in the world, and the potential for nurse scientists to succeed is unlimited.”

Yea-Ing Lotus ShyuYea-Ing Lotus Shyu, PhD, RN, is a professor at Chang Gung University School of Nursing in Taiwan. Her research has focused on family caregiving for persons with dementia and care models for older persons recovering after hip-fracture surgery. More than 20 of her three- to five-year research projects have been funded by Taiwan’s National Health Research Institute and Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. She has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of Lambda Beta-at-Large Chapter.

“This award recognizes the contribution of Dr. Shyu, her interdisciplinary research team, and participants of her studies. This award will also expand and extend Dr. Shyu’s influence as a gerontological nurse researcher on policymaking, clinical practice, and knowledge about caring for the elderly in Taiwan and other Asian countries.”

Mary Lou SoleMary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM, is dean and professor and Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA. She is certified as a critical-care clinical nurse specialist. She serves on editorial boards of three critical care journals and is a regular member of an NIH study section. She has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is lead editor of a highly regarded critical-care nursing textbook. She served as principal or co-investigator on three NIH-funded research grants. Sole has received numerous awards for clinical practice, teaching, and research, including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses 2010 Distinguished Researcher and the 2013 Researcher of the Year from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She is a member of Theta Epsilon Chapter.

“This award recognizes significant and sustained contributions to nursing science that impact patient care and nursing practice,” Sole says. “It is the highest level of recognition available for nurse researchers! The award is very special to me as it acknowledges my contributions to critical-care nursing practice and nursing education at an international level. I am honored and humbled to join a renowned group of international researchers who work diligently every day to generate evidence for nursing practice that ultimately contributes to better patient outcomes.”

Alexa K. StuifbergenAlexa K. Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the James R. Dougherty Jr. Centennial Professor in Nursing, the Laura Lee Blanton Chair and dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Internationally known for her innovative research projects studying various aspects of health promotion and wellness for persons with chronic and disabling conditions, Stuifbergen served as director of the NIH-funded Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations from 2000 to 2011 and is presently a co-director of the NIH-funded Center for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a current member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is a member of Epsilon Theta Chapter.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Award,” Stuifbergen says. “This award is both personally and professionally significant as it recognizes the impact of a 30-year program of research addressing the health and health promotion of persons with chronic and disabling conditions. This work and that of my colleagues have generated important findings that have changed the way we view, understand, and care for this under-studied population.”

Sally ThorneSally Thorne, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCAHS, professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, has maintained a longstanding program of substantive research into the complex dynamics of health professional interactions toward optimizing the care of persons with chronic illness and cancer. Concurrently, she has sustained a platform of scholarly activity in relation to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing science, including critical reflections on the nature of evidence claims as well as consideration of the contribution of nursing epistemology to inquiry methodologies. She has authored an extensive body of published research and scholarly papers, book chapters, and four books, including the popular applied qualitative research methods text Interpretive Description. In addition to holding a number of senior advisory and editorial board positions, she is editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Nursing Inquiry. She is a member of Xi Eta Chapter.

“I am profoundly delighted and honored to have been considered for this special recognition,” Thorne says. “I believe that nursing research contributes a highly distinctive and unique angle of vision to the solution of some of society’s most complex health and public health policy problems. An award such as this showcases the diversity and importance of what nurses bring to the ‘wicked’ questions of their world—and brings attention to the creativity and passion that characterize so much of nursing scholarship.” 

Katri Vehviläinen-JulkunenKatri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, PhD, Lic HC, MSc, RN, RM, FEANS, professor and chair at the University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Science, Finland, is an internationally renowned researcher, scholar, and mentor who leads the doctoral program in health sciences. She holds a part-time nurse director position at Kuopio University Hospital. Vehviläinen-Julkunen is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in leading multidisciplinary teams in maternal and child health research as well as health services research and evidence-based practice. She has supervised many PhD dissertations and has been lead investigator on several competitive funded projects. She has published more than 400 articles, other papers, and textbooks as well as innovation disclosures. Currently, she is principal investigator of INEXCA, a million-euro grant awarded by the European Union H2020 on quality of cancer care from several perspectives, with partners from Europe and the USA. She is a member of Iota Iota-at-Large Chapter.

“This is a wonderful recognition of my accomplishments in the scientific development of the nursing discipline and in contributing to knowledge development as well as innovations,” Vehviläinen-Julkunen says. “My strong focus is on translating evidence to improve practice outcomes, implementing leadership innovations, and mentoring new generations of nurse researchers with excellent researcher skills to advance nursing. For me, nurses are the key actors in promoting safe and high quality care. I am deeply thankful and privileged to represent Finland and the University of Eastern Finland and the profession of nursing as one of the internationally recognized Hall of Fame honorees.”

Lorraine O. WalkerLorraine O. Walker, EdD, MPH, RN, the Luci B. Johnson Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has a multidisciplinary background covering the fields of nursing, education, and public health. A leading expert in nursing on women’s weight gain during pregnancy and the postpartum period, she also has extensive expertise in the behavioral and psychosocial health of new mothers, the motherhood transition, and implications for maternal and infant health. Her research emphasizes needs of low-income and minority women. She also is co-author of a book on theory development strategies that is used worldwide in nursing graduate programs. She teaches courses in the areas of global health, quantitative data analysis, and philosophic and theoretical foundations of nursing science. She has consulted with nurse scientists in diverse areas of the world, including Mexico, South Korea, and Iran. She is a member of Epsilon Theta Chapter.

“Being inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is an extraordinarily high and meaningful honor to me,” Walker says. “More than my efforts, to me it acknowledges the importance of nursing research focused on women’s health during pregnancy and early motherhood. This is a critical transition in the lives of many women. Nurses through their research and practice can make an enormous contribution to improving the survival, health, and well-being of mothers and their infants during this transition. Healthy babies are an outgrowth of healthy mothers and families.”

Roger WatsonRoger Watson, PhD, RN, FRCPE, FRCN, FAAN, professor of nursing at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, has a special interest in the feeding and nutritional problems of older people with dementia. Editor-in-chief of Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of Nursing Open, he is a frequent visitor to the Far East, South East Asia, and Australia and has honorary and visiting positions in China, Hong Kong, and Australia. He was a member of the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. He is a member of Phi Mu Chapter.

“I am nearing the end of my career but the award is a welcome recognition of my contribution to nursing and nursing research,” Watson says. “I am also one of only a few UK nurses to receive the award, so I am one of the pioneers in that respect. What I hope to achieve most of all from this award is to seek and recognize other international researchers in the UK—and elsewhere—and help to promote them for this award and the Emerging Researcher Award.”

Terri E. WeaverTerri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean and professor of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She is recognized internationally for her research on the effect of daytime sleepiness on daily behaviors and assessment of treatment outcomes. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, Weaver’s scholarship has been widely disseminated in more than 100 publications. She received the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award, the pre-eminent award of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, for research that improves healthcare. Weaver is a fellow and past board member of the American Academy of Nursing and will be joining the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She is a member of Alpha Lambda and Xi chapters.

“Induction into the Sigma Theta Tau Researcher Hall of Fame is an incredible honor for me,” Weaver says. “Indeed, it is the capstone to my research career. It is elating and inspiring that my hard work and dedication to an exciting program of research has been acknowledged by such an esteemed organization. Hopefully, my research trajectory can serve as a model for junior investigators as they launch their programs of research. Honoring nurse researchers with induction in the Sigma Theta Tau Researcher Hall of Fame enables the profession to showcase the breadth and impact of nursing science on health and healthcare delivery.”


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