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Three Houston faculty members named national nursing fellows


Faculty among 163 nurse leaders selected worldwide as American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Joan Edwards                              Patrick Palmieri

Debora Simmons

HOUSTON - The American Academy of Nursing has named Texas Woman’s University nursing faculty Joan Edwards, Debora Simmons and Patrick Palmieri as American Academy of Nursing Fellows for the 2015 class. The TWU honorees are among 163 nurse leaders selected worldwide.

The faculty members, who teach at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, will be inducted Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C., alongside other prominent fellows from the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Duke University and Vanderbilt University.

Joan Edwards, Ph.D., RNC, CNS, a TWU associate nursing professor, who has a long history of encouraging nurses and nursing students to think and act globally, has been a driving force for nursing in Indonesia. She has volunteered as a medical missionary, taught nursing programs, provided disaster relief and helped pass the 2014 Nurse Practice Act — a first in Indonesia. Edwards serves as the director for TWU’s Center for Global Nursing Scholarship, which takes nursing students, faculty and TWU alumni on cultural awareness trips around the globe.

“This is a tremendous honor that I’m still trying to totally comprehend,” Edwards said. “This recognition will open additional doors and provide me with opportunities to collaborate in moving the profession of nursing forward in the global arena.”

Debora Simmons, Ph.D., RN, CCNS, a TWU adjunct faculty member, hopes that her selection as a fellow makes her nursing students think about and become more active in promoting safety. She has been an avid proponent of creating safe health care environments and was recognized for her research on patient safety.

“I am honored and grateful to those who helped me along the way,” Simmons said. “I am humbled to be recognized by those I admire so much.“

As a leader in global health policy, Patrick Palmieri, DHSc, EdS, MSN, a TWU adjunct faculty member, has focused his career on advancing high quality health services in the U.S. and South America. His leadership helped improve access to health care in underserved populations of Peru, and he implemented safe practices in nursing care, such as armband identification for patients.

“The selection to become a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing is the highest honor bestowed in the nursing profession and I am proud to be the first Peruvian citizen to be inducted,” Palmieri said.

The inductees said they will work to continue to improve the global practice of nursing and lead efforts for better patient safety, while educating future nurse leaders at TWU.

TWU is among the nation’s leading providers of nurses. TWU nursing students’ first-time pass rate on the 2014 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) was 91 percent, well above the national and state averages. (Texas Board of Nursing).

TWU alumna Susan McBride, who received her doctorate from the university in 2005 and is a nursing professor at the Texas Tech Health Science Center, also was named a Fellow. 

According to the AAN, the Academy is currently comprised of more than 2,300 nurse leaders from the United States and around the world in areas of education, management, practice, policy and research. Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows.


Written by Yolanda Franklin

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page updated 5/9/2016 4:57 PM