Congratulations to Joyce Fitzpatrick and Shirley Smoyak!

Congratulations to Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN and Shirley A. Smoyak, PhD, RN, FAAN, winners of the Second Annual Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication. The award was presented during the closing session of this year’s INANE Conference, Wednesday, July 31st, in Cork, Ireland.  Lucy Bradley Springer PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, Editor, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, presented the award.

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Joyce Fitzpatrick and Shirley Smoyak at INANE 2013 in Cork, Ireland

Both Joyce and Shirley are well known to the INANE membership and certainly deserving of this award! A bit about each recipient:

Joyce Fitzpatrick is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio. Fitzpatrick was dean of nursing at CWRU from 1982 through 1997, during which time the School of Nursing’s endowment grew from $8 million to more than $50 million. She earned her BSN at Georgetown University, MS in psychiatric-mental health nursing at Ohio State University, PhD in nursing at New York University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. In 1990, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Georgetown. She was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1981, received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award 13 times and has been honored by many other organizations. In 1997, she was appointed editor of the National League for Nursing’s journal, Nursing and Healthcare Perspectives. She was president of the American Academy of Nursing from 1997 to 1999. From 1998 to 2000, while on sabbatical from CWRU, she was a visiting scholar at New York University and consultant to Springer Publishing Company. During this time she proposed and implemented a project focused on improving nursing care for hospitalized elders and their families, a project now funded by two major health systems in the New York area, Mount Sinai NYU Health and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and healthcare literature. Joyce is editor of Applied Nursing Research, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, and Nursing Education Perspectives.

Shirley Smoyak, a Psychiatric Nurse,Health Care Sociologist and Professor of Public Health, is a member of the Rutgers University College of Nursing, Division of Continuing Studies; a senior researcher in the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; and adjunct faculty at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health. Shirley is a baccalaureate graduate of the Rutgers University College of Nursing (1957). Her doctorate, earned in 1970, is in Sociology, with sub‐specialties in families, mental illness and deviance. Her current research projects are: “High Energy Drinks, with and without Alcohol”, “Stalking: Criminal and Clinical Perspectives”, and a “History of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital”. She has produced award‐winning historical documentaries, recorded as DVDs. Shirley’s international work as a guest lecturer, conductor of workshops and presentations at conferences and conventions was significantly influenced by Dr. Picture of awardHildegard E. Peplau, and is highly regarded because of its cultural relevance and sensitivity. Awards and honors bestowed upon Shirley include, the New Jersey State Nurses’ Association (NJSNA) Excellence in Practice honor (1990); the Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service at Rutgers (1991); the NJSNA Roll of Honor(1995); The American Nurses Association (ANA) Living Legend Award (2004); and an Honorary Science Doctorate from Kingston University, London (2009). Furthermore, the Maltese Nurses’ Association celebrated her distinguished professorship, and worldwide influence in psychiatric nursing in 2008. Shirley has served on the NJSNA Board many times and served as a delegate to the American Nurses Association (ANA). She is a Charter Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Clinical Specialists in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (1972) and a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Shirley is Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services (JPN), having been appointed in 1981.

3 thoughts on “Congratulations to Joyce Fitzpatrick and Shirley Smoyak!

  1. Congratulations to you both. I have long been connected with Shirley through Rutgers, Greystone, and friendship and I know the accomplishments of which she is capable. I also feel connected to Prof. Fitzpatrick, as an alumna of Case Western Reserve.

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