Dr Joyce J. Fitzpatrick selected as recipient of the 2019 International Achievement Award

18 January 2019

Geneva, Switzerland; 18 January 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) has selected Dr Joyce J. Fitzpatrick as the recipient of the 2019 International Achievement Award – it has been announced today in Geneva.

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The International Achievement Award is offered biennially by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) to a practising nurse with at least 10 years of nursing experiences in one of the following domains of nursing: direct care, education, management or research and who have achieved significant impact internationally.

Of the many nominations submitted by National Nursing Associations from all over the world, it was unanimously agreed to acknowledge the international contribution of Dr Joyce J. Fitzpatrick in advancing nursing education through research, innovative conceptual models, and theory development.

“I am greatly honoured by the decision of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation’s Board of Directors” said Dr Fitzpatrick. “I am indebted to my nurse colleagues throughout the world who have taught me about the human experience and the important work that nurses do to make the world better for those in our care.”

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick is the Inaugural Director of the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy and the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BSN in nursing from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from The Ohio State University, a PhD in nursing from New York University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She currently serves as vice chair of the American Nurses Foundation, having previously served for four years as Chair. She has provided consultation to several schools of nursing and health care organizations globally. Dr Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature with over 300 publications, including 80 books. She has recently published two books: Nursing Leadership: from the Outside In, perspectives on nursing leadership from health care leaders from related disciplines and Advancing Professional Nursing Practice: Relationship-Based Care and the American Nurses Association Standards of Professional Nursing Practice.

The conferment of this International Achievement Award will take place at the FNIF Luncheon which will be held on 30 June 2019 during the ICN Congress 2019 in Singapore. Tickets for this event, and registration to the ICN Congress, can be purchased here.


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