Nursing guru joins global hall of fame

Professor Brendan McCormack says he feels privileged. Picture: comp

Professor Brendan McCormack says he feels privileged. Picture: comp

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A LEADING nursing expert from Queen Margaret University is one of only 25 people to be welcomed into an international hall of fame.

Professor Brendan McCormack, who was appointed head of the division of nursing at the university earlier this year, is the first nurse in Europe to enter the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Established in 2010, the 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.

Prof McCormack is an internationally-renowned authority on the nursing of older people, and practice development.

His seminal work, Practice Development in Nursing, explores ways to put people at the centre of nursing and the impact this has on healthcare.

Before he took on his new role at QMU, Prof McCormack was director of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, and head of the Practice Research Centre at the University of Ulster.

This latest accolade is one of many achieved by Prof McCormack during his distinguished career.

In recognition of his continuing research commitments, he was awarded the status of senior distinguished research fellow by the University of Ulster in 2011.

Earlier this year, Prof McCormack was also handed a prestigious Royal College of Nursing Fellowship, which is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to nursing.

Prof McCormack was also recently named in the Thompson Reuters 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, which cites academics whose research is listed in the top one per cent for the number of times their work has been cited by other scientists.

Prof McCormack is editor of the International Journal of Older 
People Nursing and has more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, as well as eight published books to his name.

For the past five years Prof McCormack has also been President of the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association [AIGNA], chairman of the charity Age Northern Ireland and a board member of The European Academy of Nursing Science.