Pennsylvania dean speaks to LLU nursing honor society
Loma Linda University School of Nursing doctoral program and the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, were challenged by presentations by nurse luminary Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, FAAN, on October 3, 2007.
Dr. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon dean of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, professor of nursing and sociology, and director of the school’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership.
Dr. Meleis, on the invitation of Patricia Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor in the PhD program in nursing, and Elizabeth Bossert, DNS, RN, associate dean for the graduate program, School of Nursing, presented a nursing science seminar for doctoral students on the topic “Developing Transitions: The History of a Concept and the Future of Nursing Science.”
Dr. Jones notes that Dr. Meleis’ scholarship and publications focus on global health, immigrant and international health, women’s health, transitions, and the theoretical development of the nursing discipline. Her textbook, Theoretical Nursing by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, now in its fourth edition, is an internationally used resource in graduate programs in nursing. Her teaching focuses on structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and international nursing.
Sylvia Stewart, PhD, RN, assistant professor and Gamma Alpha Chapter president, was honored that Dr. Meleis graciously consented to address the honor society of nursing members at a supper meeting in the School of Nursing King Conference Room in West Hall.
Her topic, “Theoretical Development of the Discipline: How Does Nursing Science Lead to Policy?” challenged attendees to identify issues in practice for necessary change. Gamma Alpha Chapter hosted the supper.
Prior to taking leadership in the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Meleis was a professor on the faculty of nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Francisco, for 34 years.
She is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, the American Academy of Nursing and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; a member of the Institute of Medicine, the Forum of Executive Women, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum; a trustee of the National Health Museum; and a board member of CARE, the Global Health Council, Nurses Education Funds, Inc., and Life Science Career Alliance.
She is council general to the International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI), an international nonprofit association dedicated to the goal of promoting health, health care, and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research. She is also a global ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses.
By Eva Miller, DNSc, RN