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Meleis Honored with the Princess Srinagarindra Award from the Thailand Ministry of Public Health

The award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the nursing and/or midwifery profession, advanced the nursing profession, and contributed to the health and wellbeing of people in Thailand and around the world.

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS(hon), FAAN, LL, Professor of Nursing and Sociology and Dean Emerita, has been awarded The Princess Srinagarindra Award. It was established in commemoration of the Centenary Birthday Anniversary of Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Sringarindra Mahidol in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the advancement of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Services. This award is considered one of the most prestigious awards in Thailand resulting in the award ceremony being televised around the country.

Meleis has spent her life in dedication to advancing nursing education, science, practice, and leadership. Throughout her career and in many locales around the world, including in Thailand, She has been, and continues to be, a force for change in the development of high-quality doctoral education that is based on the very best nursing science. In addition to her contributions in doctoral nursing education, Meleis has also made a significant impact in nursing theory. Her book, Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress, in its 6th edition, is utilized as a standard text in graduate curriculums internationally. With a strong sense of responsibility to mentoring nurses at all levels, hundreds have benefitted from her compassionate but demanding mentoring style leading to an extraordinary cadre of nurse scientists, educators, clinicians, and leaders around the world. 

A global advocate for women and a leading expert on international health, and immigrant and women’s health, Meleis has dedicated her career to ensuring vulnerable populations are given a voice, particularly women. To this end, she has organized international collaborations and conferences and served as a consultant globally with the goal to foster the creation and dissemination of knowledge on women’s work, health, and transitions, with a particular focus on women in developing countries and immigrant women.

Her publication record in the field reflects hundreds of articles and numerous books and book chapters, demonstrating her sustained impact on women’s health. In all her service, she has been instrumental in educating other professions on the impact and value of nursing, insuring that nursing is an intellectual equal in discussions on health care and interdisciplinary education.