The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) honored Penn Nursing Dean Afaf I. Meleis with the Distinguished Nurse Award at its 110-year Anniversary Celebration.
"We are proud to award Dr. Meleis, a long-time member of PSNA with our 2013 Distinguished Nurse Award, said PSNA CEO Betsy M. Snook, MED, BSN, RN. Her leadership characteristics and contributions are undeniably significant to the nursing profession."
The PSNA represents more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania and works toward advancing, promoting and supporting the profession of nursing to improve health in Pennsylvania.
"It is a very great honor to be nominated by such empowered nurses in the Commonwealth," said Dr. Meleis. "This great organization helps nurses grow in their professional roles and advocates to expand the scope of their practice in providing the best evidence-based care for Pennsylvanians in all stages of life."
Dr. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director of the School's WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Dr. Meleis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alexandria (1961), earned an MS in nursing (1964), an MA in sociology (1966) and a PhD in medical and social psychology (1968) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her list of leadership positions and association involvement includes: Fellow, Royal College of Nursing, UK; member of the Institute of Medicine and the George W. Bush Presidential Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council; trustee, National Health Museum; president and council general emerita, International Council on Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI); and global ambassador, Girl Child Initiative, International Council of Nurses (ICN). Dr. Meleis' teaching and scholarship focused on women's health, the structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and immigrant's health care. She has mentored hundreds of students, clinicians and researchers from Thailand, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Columbia, Korea and Japan. She is the author of more than 200 publications and has been widely invited nationally and internationally for speaking engagements, visiting professorships, and consultations.