Throughout the spring semester visiting scholar in residence Joyce Fitzpatrick offered her expertise to faculty in Sacred Heart University’s College of Nursing.
Fitzpatrick is a nurse, professor and editor of several research publications such as Applied Nursing Research, Nursing Education Perspectives and Archives in Psychiatric Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Georgetown University, her master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from Ohio State University and her doctorate in nursing education from New York University. She served as dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, O.H. for over 15 years and in 2017 was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing Living Legend, the Academy’s highest honor. Fitzpatrick currently teaches at Case Western Reserve University.
This spring Mary Alice Donius, dean of the College of Nursing, asked Fitzpatrick to mentor and advise faculty. “Dr. Fitzpatrick has a wealth of knowledge. Her experience in publishing is helping our faculty get their significant research in front of the nursing community.”
“Like most schools of nursing the faculty, has a strong background in clinical practice, but they’re not as socialized in other disciplines in scholarship,” Fitzpatrick said.
There is a mixture of faculty who have experience getting published and others who are just starting out in the writing realm, said Karen Bauce, associate dean of online programs. “Even faculty who are experienced in publishing learn new things every time Dr. Fitzpatrick visits.”
On Fitzpatrick’s first visit she asked faculty to divide into three groups; teaching and learning, compassion and caring and global and global initiatives, all areas that make the SHU nursing program unique. “Joyce facilitated a brainstorming session to help faculty identify areas of interest,” Bauce said.
Fitzpatrick said the groups worked together to generate potential articles and think about future goals for themselves and the group. On most visits, Fitzpatrick also gave a presentation on a topic of interest such as publishing or international collaboration.
Assistant professor in the College of Nursing, Susan Goncalves said over the past six months Fitzpatrick’s meetings with faculty allowed them to “explore our research interests based on our expertise.”
“There are many benefits to having Dr. Fitzpatrick available to me and my colleagues. We have an expert in our profession to facilitate our engagement in research, development of curricula, production of manuscripts, reflective workshops and retreats on the branding of our college that sets us apart from others,” Goncalves said.
Bauce echoed Goncalves’ sentiments and said Fitzpatrick has been a tremendous resource to faculty who could ask her for advice and input on their ideas. Because of Fitzpatrick’s experience and expertise in publishing, Bauce said she was able to instruct professors on industry trends and what pitches journals would be interested in. “She is able to help faculty target certain journals,” Bauce said. “As an editor, she knows what topics are important today. She knows what journals have special sections coming out and can direct faculty to the right places.”
Goncalves’ personal research passion involves the concept of caring. “This involves the measurement of caring behaviors, perceptions of caring, educational strategies to both teach and reinforce the need to keep caring in the nursing curriculum as well as the topic of compassionate care.” She said Fitzpatrick supported her efforts to disseminate her scholarly interests and projects by producing manuscripts for publication on caring and compassionate care.