Students attending the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, are taught and mentored by a nurse whose passion for advancing the profession goes beyond the U.S.
William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor, also shares his academic prowess with nursing students in Tokyo, where he is a visiting professor at the St. Lukes College of Nursing. A member of the Japan Academy of Nursing, Holzemers efforts to push nursing forward in that country have not gone unnoticed.
One of the highlights of my career was receiving the award from the Japanese government titled Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for contributions to graduate nursing development in Japan, he said.
Holzemers accomplishments include being named a Fulbright Scholar; a Project HOPE Fellow; founding chair of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, American Academy of Nursing; and recipient of the International Distinguished Leadership Award from the Commission on the Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, among countless others.
Of his many accomplishments, Holzemer said his election to the Institute of Medicine and his induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing were high points.
Holzemer said his greatest impact over the years has involved his research on HIV nursing care in the areas of symptom management, medication adherence, engagement with care and stigma. His research has been recognized by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network, and the AIDS Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
He also was nominated for the National HIV/AIDs Partnership Red Ribbon Leadership Award and received an award from the American Nurses Associations Center for Ethics and Human Rights. Im grateful to belong to such a wonderful profession that gives one the opportunity to be connected with our humanity, and to be involved in work that is important and impacts the quality of life for people.
EDITORS NOTE: In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Nurse.com (Nursing Spectrum), the magazine will celebrate 25 key members of the New York/New Jersey nursing community in 2013.