Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing

Dr. Germain joined the standing faculty in 1978 following previous faculty appointments at St. John’s University and Rutgers University and a strong clinical career. She received her doctorate in Anthropology and Education from Rutgers University. An ethnographer, Dr. Germain’s expertise in qualitative research was recognized internationally by her two term election to the American Nurses
Association’s Cabinet on Nursing Research and three term election to the Research Committee of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. She is credited with the first institutional ethnography of nursing practice, The Cancer Unit: An Ethnography. Other research efforts have been in sheltering abused women, diabetes self-management, and women’s experiences with hormone replacement therapy. From the inception of the PhD program at the School of Nursing, Dr. Germain developed and taught doctoral seminars in Qualitative Empirical Nursing Research and Cultural
Perspectives in Nursing and Health Care. She has integrated content on these topics into the curricula of the school and has mentored many PhD students in their research. She also taught undergraduate and master’s clinical and theory courses and served as Chair of the Science and Role Development Division and Vice Chair of the Foundational Sciences and Health division for over a decade.

Dr. Germain’s publication record is extensive and includes research reports in journal articles and books, research methods chapters, ethics and qualitative research, cultural concepts and issues in nursing, clinical textbooks, articles and monographs in medicalsurgical nursing of adults, and poetry. She has been a consultant and made numerous presentations, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Germain is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Her awards include Outstanding Contribution to Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association (1973); Roll of Honor (1983) and Excellence in Nursing Research (1989), New Jersey State Nurses’ Association; Distinguished Alumna (1983) and Hall of Honor (2000), Seton Hall University College of Nursing; and Faculty Award, Doctoral Student Organization, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (1999).