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Home : Media

February 2012

Rachael McLaughlin
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Fourteen nurse researchers honored with induction into the
International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Honorees’ celebration and conversation to take place at
STTI’s 2012 nursing research congress

Indianapolis – Fourteen esteemed nurse researchers will be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The prestigious award honors STTI nurse researchers from around the world who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

“The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame eternally honors esteemed nurse researchers from around the world who are committed to building the knowledge base in nursing,” says STTI President Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI. “This year we recognize fourteen nurses from Australia, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.”

The award presentation, sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell, will take place Thursday, 2 August 2012, in Brisbane, Australia, at STTI’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress. During this event, honorees will converse with STTI President Suzanne Prevost who will explore topics such as how their careers evolved; what impact their research has had on nursing care; how to connect nursing research to practice; who has had the greatest impact on their career; and what advice they have for nurses pursuing nursing research.
"The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award presented by STTI provides recognition to leading nurse researchers," says Griselda Campbell, associate director of nursing publishing, Wiley-Blackwell. "We are delighted to support these awards, and with STTI, welcome the 14 inductees and offer acknowledgement and appreciation to these outstanding nurse researchers. The sphere of influence of these nurses is a stellar shining light, bringing insight for the benefit of patients, families, nurses and the wider health community."

The inductees are leaders, mentors, scholars and role models whose research has focused on patient/family outcomes, community wellness, health care policy and health care interventions. 

Inductees are:

Jerilyn K. Allen, ScD, MS, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, M. Adelaide Nutting Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA

Patricia Mary Davidson, PhD, Med, BA, RN, Professor, Curtin University & University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, Australia

Helen Edwards, PhD, BA, BA(Hons), DipAppSc, RN, EM, OAM, Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane School of Nursing, Australia

Minrie Greeff, PhD, MCur, RN, RM, Professor, North-West University, South Africa

Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Professor and Stulman Endowed Chair, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA

William Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey College of Nursing, USA

Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA

Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Chair, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA

Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship, Rush University College of Nursing, USA

Marie Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Professor and Department Chair, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Linda Shields, MD, PhD, FRCNA, Professor of Nursing - Tropical Health, Tropical Health Research Unit for Nursing and Midwifery Practice, James Cook University & Townsville Health Service District, Townsville, Australia

Carol E. Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing, USA

Kathleen R. Stevens, EdD, MS, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Director, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA

Hsiu-Hung Wang, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Kaohsiung Medical University, College of Nursing, Taiwan 

STTI’s research congress will be conducted 30 July-3 August 2012 at the Brisbane Convention & Exposition Centre in Brisbane, Australia. This year’s theme, Creating a Legacy through Nursing Research, Innovation & Global Collaboration

  • Explores innovative strategies to promote excellence in global nursing practice
  • Advances the science of nursing using new technologies to influence research, practice, education, administration and health care policy
  • Explores opportunities for international collaboration in nursing
  • Creates an international forum for the exchange of evidence-based practices and solutions among nurse researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers and administrators.

Research congress event registration is open and International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame induction ceremony tickets are available online at

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