Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award 

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS(hon), FAAN
Former Dean and Professor of Nursing and Sociology
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Pennsylvania, USA
Alpha Eta Chapter #029
Xi Chapter #013

Afaf Meleis was Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the School’s WHOCC for Nursing and Midwifery (2002-2014), following her 34 years at the University of California. She is an internationally renowned nurse scientist and sociologist, advancing knowledge in global health, women’s health, interprofessional education and the epistemological analysis of nursing. Much of her work is dedicated to uncovering voices of women and to developing Transitions Theory, used globally in policy, research and practice. She is the author of more than 200 articles, chapters and books. Her leadership in ICOWHI played a central role in partnering world leaders to improve women's lives. She co-chaired IOM's Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. She also co-chaired the Harvard-Penn-Lancet Commission on Women and Health, the results of which were published in the 2015 report, Women and Health: the key for sustainable development.
Nelly Garzón Alarcón, MSN
STTI Regional Coordinator - Latin America & the Caribbean (2011-2013)
Upsilon Nu Chapter #467

Nelly Garzón Alarcón is a past president of the International Council of Nurses and a long time committed STTI member who is most worthy of recognition by this award. Her work as a founding member and president of the Upsilon Nu chapter at the National University of Colombia helped STTI fulfill the “international” aspect of its name. Additionally, Ms. Garzón Alarcón’s work as a Regional Coordinator facilitated the engagement of members and founding of chapters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her lifetime dedication to nurses and nursing has truly advanced the profession in countless ways.

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