Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the UNC School of Nursing, will be inducted into the 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. Dr. Sandelowski is one of only 19 nurse researchers globally to receive the honor this year.
“My first research project after earning my PhD was supported by a STTI Research Award; it is therefore especially gratifying to have been selected for induction into the STTI Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame 30 years later,” said Dr. Sandelowski. “That first Research Award signified for me faith that I could develop a meaningful research career. The Hall of Fame award signifies the recognition of my peers for having contributed something they believe to be of lasting value to nursing. These two awards are bookends to my academic career—the one having supported a promise and the other acknowledging a promise fulfilled.”
A Lifetime of Outstanding Work
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Sandelowski has been widely recognized for her research in the areas of technology, gender and reproductive health. Her most recent work has been focused on synthesizing research findings from methodologically-diverse studies—a challenging undertaking that is essential to establishing the evidence base necessary to translate research findings into changes in practice for the benefit of patients, families and healthcare providers.
A leader in the global research community as well among practicing nurses and students, Dr. Sandelowski has produced 155 refereed journal articles, 50 refereed research abstracts, 25 book chapters and more than 100 invited presentations for national and international meetings. She is the celebrated author of five books, including the award-winning With child in mind: Studies of the personal encounter with infertility, as well as the highly-praised Devices and desires: Gender, technology, and American nursing.
With a sustained record of 30 years of research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other funders, Dr. Sandelowski has built an exceptional research portfolio. She is currently multiple PI (with Dr. Kathleen Knafl) of an NIH/NINR-funded study directed toward integrating the findings of empirical research addressing the intersection between family life and childhood chronic physical conditions. The goal of the project is to better understand the factors that affect health outcomes among the estimated 18 percent of children living with chronic health conditions.
In addition to her contributions to the broader research and nursing communities, Dr. Sandelowski has been a dedicated member of the UNC community since joining the School of Nursing in 1986. She has served as a mentor for many graduate students and faculty members, and for 19 years has led annual summer intensive programs on qualitative and mixed-methods research through the SON Center for Lifelong Learning.
Dr. Sandelowski holds a PhD in American Studies with an emphasis on Women’s Studies from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in Maternal-Child Nursing from Boston University, an EdM in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania.
Recognition on the Global Stage
Sigma Theta Tau International is the globally pre-eminent honor society for nursing. In addition to Dr. Sandelowski, this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will recognize 18 other nurse researchers from the United States, Canada, Belgium and Australia at a ceremony on July 25 at the 26th International Nursing Research Congress in Puerto Rico. The Congress is expected to attract nearly 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders.
“These 19 honorees have achieved life-changing results through their research,” said STTI President Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA in a press release. “In keeping with the STTI mission to celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, I congratulate the 2015 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame honorees. I look forward to learning more about their contributions and sharing them with our members worldwide.”
The honorees’ research projects will be shared through the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, enabling nurses everywhere to benefit from their discoveries and insights.