Rutgers–Camden Nursing Scholar Selected for National Honor


Trish Suplee

Trish Suplee

By Jeanne Leong

A Rutgers University–Camden nursing scholar has been selected as an American Academy of Nursing (AAN) fellow, one of the highest honors in nursing scholarship.

Trish Suplee, an associate professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, will be inducted into the AAN in a virtual ceremony during the organization’s annual meeting in October.

The Rutgers–Camden scholar joins a distinguished group of more than 2,700 academy fellows as leaders in nursing education, management, practice and research. The 230 new fellows represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territory of Guam, as well as 13 countries.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for my contributions to nursing science, education, and service to the profession,” says Suplee. “I look forward to collaborating with other nurse scientists from around the world to improve maternal outcomes and services offered to women in both healthcare organizations and in the community. We must focus more on providing care through an equity lens, so women feel empowered to make informed decisions about their own health as well as their families.”

Suplee joins Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Dean Donna Nickitas and faculty colleagues Robert Atkins, Janice Beitz, Marie O’Toole, and Nancy Pontes in the exclusive fellowship.

“The induction of Dr. Suplee into the academy means that six faculty members affiliated with the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will represent South Jersey in this respected academy,” Nickitas says. “This important achievement lets the world know that our Rutgers–Camden nursing faculty are among the very best in the nation. We applaud Dr. Suplee for this milestone accomplishment in her impressive career.”

The academy’s goal is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice. Its fellows have a responsibility to continue to contribute to and transform America’s health care system by enhancing the quality of health and nursing care; promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum; reducing health disparities and inequalities; shaping healthy behaviors and environments; integrating mental and physical health care; and strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system, nationally and internationally.

Suplee, a Medford resident, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University. She then received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to coming to Rutgers–Camden, Suplee taught at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, practiced as a labor and delivery nurse, and served as an administrator of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her research, writing, and teaching focus on maternal mortality, maternal morbidity, and postpartum care. Her collaborative work on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Empowering Women to Obtain Needed Care project led to the development of postbirth educational tools to incorporate into postpartum discharge teaching throughout the nation.

Suplee is a member of national organizations that work to raise awareness and improve postpartum care. She is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Think Cultural Health team, which is advising the development of an e-learning program for physicians, nurses, and health care providers about culturally and linguistically appropriate services in maternal health care.

She is chair of N.J. AWHONN and is a member of the N.J. Maternal Mortality Review team that analyzes cases, identifies gaps in care, and makes recommendations to decrease maternal mortality rates.

She is the coauthor of the Handbook of Clinical Teaching in Nursing and Health Sciences Education. Her research has appeared in such publications as the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, the Journal of Community and Public Health Nursing, and Nursing for Women’s Health.

The American Academy of Nursing, an independent affiliate of the American Nurses Association, was established in 1973 to help advance the profession of nursing through health policy and practice by generating, synthesizing, and disseminating nursing knowledge.

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