UNE Academic Receives International Honour in Nursing

Published 28 June 2013

Cynthia STUHLMILLER University of New England’s Professor Cynthia Stuhlmiller has been inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. 

This year, the American Academy of Nursing has selected 172 nurse leaders from around the world for induction as Fellows, with only five coming from Australian universities.

 The Academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. The Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. With this new class, Fellows will represent 19 countries.

“Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy president Joanne Disch. “I congratulate all of the new Fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the Academy.”

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing careers influenced health policies and the heath and wellbeing of all. New Fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.

Professor Stuhlmiller’s sponsors included world renowned nursing leader and American Academy of Nursing Living Legend Professor Emeritus Patricia Benner from the University of California, San Francisco and Professor Emeritus Shirley Murphy from the University of Washington, Seattle.

 Professor Stuhlmiller is a registered nurse who holds a collaborative appointment between the University and Hunter New England Area Health Service, as a Chair in Rural Nursing. She has extensive experience in leading community participation projects most notably, community disaster response, coping with seasonal variation, GP shared care, collaborative education, emergency mental health, computer-assisted self-help, and mental/physical illness detection/response. Professor Stuhlmiller also currently leads the UNE/Coledale Student-led Clinic in Tamworth—a major Health Workforce Australia grant initiative.