Ora Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Florida International University (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, is one of 19 nurse researchers being inducted into the 2016 Class of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame induction will take place during STTI’s 27th annual International Nursing Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, July 21-25.
Of the more than 16 million nurses worldwide, Dean Strickland now joins fewer than 100 nursing professionals to receive this prestigious honor since its inception.
The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was created in 2010 by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) to recognize nurse researchers who have achieved significant, sustained and widespread national or international achievements in research that positively shape the nursing profession and benefit the people it serves.
“I am both humbled and honored by the recognition that comes with admission to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame,” Strickland said. “I appreciate being considered among such great leaders in the nursing profession whose work has contributed to tremendous achievements in improving patient care and advancement of the profession through evidence-based practices.”
Dean Strickland’s work in rigorous nursing research and focus on measuring the outcomes of nursing interventions includes 20 years as founding editor and senior editor of the Journal of Nursing Measurement, the first measurement journal in the nursing profession. She has contributed more than 100 measurement and research articles to professional journals. She also wrote or contributed to 22 books, earning her nine American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards.
Strickland conceptualized, initiated and directed the Nursing Outcomes Measurement Project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Nursing, Research Division. She and fellow nurse researcher Carolyn Waltz, PhD, RN, FAAN, improved the application of measurement principles and practices in nursing. The project involved mentoring more than 200 nurse researchers in the development and testing in excess of 250 nursing clinical and educational outcome measures and instruments.
As a consultant, Strickland assisted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the design of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a landmark 40-site study addressing major health issues causing morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women. She served as the Emory University site co-principal investigator and had a major role overseeing and monitoring the quality of the national study. She also was chair of the WHI Special Populations Committee, which ensured that research methods and measurement approaches were culturally and age appropriate, reliable and valid.