Sigma Announces 2018 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Inductees

Honorees will be inducted during the
29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia

INDIANAPOLIS —Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) will induct 20 nurse researchers into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at Sigma’s 29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia, 19-23 July 2018. On Saturday, 21 July 2018, these 20 individuals — representing Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States — will be presented with the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award and participate in a conversation with Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC.

Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher 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. The award presentation is sponsored by Wiley.

"Each of these Hall of Fame honorees represents a lifetime of contribution to the nursing profession," said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. "I am proud to add my congratulations to each of them for this monumental achievement, and I look forward to learning more about their work during our conversation in Melbourne this July." 

“Wiley proudly recognizes and celebrates the contributions of this year's inductees to the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. We congratulate each individual honoree for their significant involvement in outstanding research, leadership, and efforts in advancing health around the world” said Wiley Publishing Manager for Nursing Kassie Stovell.

Sigma’s annual congress attracts nearly 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders, who learn from evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 29th International Nursing Research Congress is Innovative Global Nursing Practice and Education Through Research and Evidence-Based Practice. To view details or register for the event, visit

2018 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Honorees

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN
Alumni Professor of the School of Nursing
Columbia University
New York, New York

Barbara Bowers, PhD, RN
Associate Dean
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Jane D. Champion, DNP, PhD, FNP, AH-PMH-CNS, FAANP, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Kuei-Ru Chou, PhD, RN
Dean, Professor
College of Nursing , Taipei Medical University 

Misook L. Chung, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Patricia D'Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN
Killebrew-Censits Endowed Term Chair in Undergraduate Education
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Washington School of Nursing
Seattle, Washington

Steve Ersser, PhD(Lond), BSc, (Hons), RN, CertTHEd, PFHEA
University of York
Heslington, York
United Kingdom  

Carole A. Estabrooks, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN
Professor & Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Elizabeth J. Halcomb, PhD, BN(Hons), RN, FACN
Professor of Primary Health Care Nursing
School of Nursing, University of Wollongong
Wollongong, New South Wales

Hae Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Chair Department of Community Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland

Laura L. Hayman, PhD, MSN, FAAN
Professor, Department of Nursing
College of Nursing  and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, Massachusetts

Claudia Lai, PhD, RN, FAAN
Honorary Professor
The Hong Kong Polytechnic Unversity School of Nursing
Hong Kong SAR
Visiting Professor
School of Nursing, Yangzhou University

Violeta Lopez, PhD, RN, MNA, MPET, JBICF, FACN
National University of Singapore

Kathryn Puskar, DrPH, RN, FAAN
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN
Associate Dean and Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland

Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN, FAAN
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Hilaire J. Thompson, PhD, RN, ARNP, FAAN, FGSA
Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor
University of Washington School of Nursing
Seattle, Washington

Connie M. Ulrich PhD, RN, FAAN
Lillian S. Brunner Chair, Professor of Bioethics and Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sandra J. Weiss, PhD, DNSc, FAAN
Professor and Eschbach Endowed Chair
Co-Director, UCSF Depression Center
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California



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