Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland Ohio where she was Dean from 1982 through 1997. She holds an adjunct position as Professor in the Department of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y. She earned a BSN from Georgetown University, a MS in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from The Ohio State University, a PhD in Nursing from New York University, and an MBA from CWRU in 1992. In May, 1990, Dr. Fitzpatrick received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, from her alma mater, Georgetown University.
She was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1981 and in 1996 a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She has received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award 18 times; the Midwest Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award; The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumna Award; Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Founders Award for Excellence in Nursing Research; and New York University Division of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award. In 1994-95 she was a Distinguished Scholar at the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Nursing, and in 1995 was a Primary Care Fellow through the Bureau of Health Professions. In 2002, Dr Fitzpatrick received the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Science Award for her sustained commitment and contributions to the development of the discipline. In 2003 she received the STTI Lucie Kelly Mentor Award and in 2005 she received the STTI Founders Award for Leadership. In 2007-2008 she served as a Fulbright Scholar at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. In 2010 she received the Midwest Nursing Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature; she has over 300 publications. She served as co-editor of the Annual Review of Nursing Research series, vols. 1-26; she edits the journals: Applied Nursing Research, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, and Nursing Education Perspectives, the official journal of the National League for Nursing. She edited the classic Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (the 3rd edition will be released in September 2011), and a series of nursing research digests. In 2008 she edited the book, The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Clinical Nurse Leader. In 2010 she completed two books, Giving through Teaching: How Nurse Educators Are Changing the World, and Problem Solving for Better Health: A Global Perspective. Her book, 201 Careers in Nursing (with E. Ea) was released in August, 2011. Additional books to be published shortly include: Global Service-Learning in Nursing (with T. McKinnon), to be published in September 2011, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: An Interpersonal Approach (with J. Jones and V. Rogers) to be published in early 2012.
Dr. Fitzpatrick founded and led the Bolton School's World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing. She has provided consultation on nursing education and research throughout the world, including universities and health ministries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. With the CWRU School of Medicine, she designed a series of educational interventions focused on HIV/AIDS prevention in Uganda. She led the Bolton School in its development of innovative academic programs, community initiatives, and clinical partnerships. From 1997-99 she served as President of the American Academy of Nursing. From January 1998 through August 1999, while on sabbatical from CWRU, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University, editorial consultant to Springer Publishing Company, and consultant to Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Nursing and Institute for Medicare Practice. She served as project director for a Nursing Care Quality Initiative, a multi-system, 10-hospital project focused on improving the care provided to hospitalized elders and their families funded by the New York Health Alliance and the Brookdale Foundation. Since 2004 she has served as a global nursing consultant to the Dreyfus Health Foundation, with nursing programs in 15 countries. In 2008, she was appointed the first Spratt Center for Nursing Education and Research Visiting Scholar at Danbury Hospital in CT. As of 2009 she has served as Chair of the Global Advisory Committee for the Center for Nursing Research and Education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY.
Dr. Fitzpatrick’s research has been focused on dimensions of meaningfulness in life, including the meaningfulness of nurses’ work life as related to satisfaction, turnover, and empowerment. In 2008 she conducted a national study of empowerment and intent to leave among specialty certified and non-certified critical care nurses funded by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is currently funded for a similar study of emergency department nurses (funded by the Emergency Nurses Association).