QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 80 - Page 13

P ROFESSOR BRENDAN MCCORMACK, Head of Division of Nursing at QMU, has been honoured in the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame awards. Professor enters International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Professor McCormack is one of only 25 nursing experts from around the world to have been presented with this year’s STTI international award for nursing excellence. He is also the first European nurse to achieve this accolade. Established in 2010, the STTI International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame awards recognise nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained, national or international recognition, and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. The professor is an internationally-renowned authority on the nursing of older people, person-centred nursing, and practice development. His seminal work, ‘Practice Development in Nursing’, explores the basis of practi ce development, its aims, implementation and impact on healthcare. Professor McCormack was appointed Head of Division of Nursing and Research Professor at QMU early in 2014, and was previously Director of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, and Head of the Person-centred Practice Research Centre, at the University of Ulster. He brings a wealth of experience in academic leadership to his new role and his appointment underlines QMU’s commitment to its established international agenda and focus on research development in nursing. Commenting on his new International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame status, Professor McCormack, said: “It’s a real honour to have been welcomed into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and to be the first European nurse to achieve this status. “STTI is a global nursing organisation that promotes excellence in nursing leadership and to be recognised in this way is a privilege. It’s critically important that nursing research has global reach and I am delighted that my research has been considered in this way.” This award follows on from a series of previous awards achieved by Professor McCormack. In recognition of his continuing research commitments, he was awarded the status of ‘Senior Distinguished Research Fellow’ by the University of Ulster in 2011. In 2014, the Professor was awarded a prestigious Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Fellowship. Celebrating the very best in nursing, the annual RCN Awards present fellowships, honorary fellowships and awards of merit to those who have given an outstanding contribution to nursing. RCN fellowships are awarded to RCN members who are registered nurses in the UK and who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing or healthcare. Those selected will also be published in a new book - the Thompson Reuters 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. Inclusion in this publication means the researcher is among those who are on the cutting edge of their fields. They are performing and publishing work that their peers recognise as vital to the advancement of their science. ❒ The professor is an internationally-renowned authority on the nursing of older people, person-centred nursing, and practice development. QMYOU / Health & Rehabilitation 13