University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7266
My scholarly interests over several decades have pertained to nursing and health care systems, quality of care, organizational administration, and determinants of health outcomes. I have had a long-standing interest in international health since my first experience abroad as a senior nursing student working for a summer in Ghana. That interest has taken many twists and turns over the years, including establishment of the Citizens of the World program, now an endowed fund in the UW School of Nursing.
Several current activities illustrate these interests:
- This is my 5th year as editor of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, which is the scholarly journal for the international Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. JNS is distributed in over 90 countries. It features original, peer-reviewed scholarly work related to world health, clinical scholarship, health policy and systems, and profession and society.
- Each year I teach NURS 581: Study of International Health. This course covers a wide variety of topics in the context of health ecology and determinants of health and illness, with applications from local to global. Both undergraduate and graduate nursing students enroll in the course, along with students from other schools such as Public Health and Public Affairs.
- I also teach two other courses. NURS 412: Health Care Systems, is a required course for senior nursing students, designed to prepare our graduates as well as possible to understand and successfully navigate health care systems. NCLIN 526, Organizational Effectiveness, is required of master’s students in care system management.
- Two colleagues and I have just completed the study: “Global determinants of life expectancy and child mortality.” The analysis includes all countries of the world with adequate data (N=161). Manuscripts are now in preparation for several journals.
I serve on several boards and committees, and am the past president of the Seattle-Pecs (Hungary) Sister City Association.