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July 25, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Griffin-Sobel named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, dean of the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. A formal induction ceremony will be held Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C.

“Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said the Academy’s president, Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Griffin-Sobel is one of only 10 individuals in New York state to receive the honor this year. Nationally, the Academy named 172 individuals as Fellows.

The selection process to the Academy is rigorous. Individuals must have made significant contributions to nursing and health care; especially important is the extent to which the nominee has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of society.

During a career of more than 30 years, Griffin-Sobel has been instrumental in incorporating technology into nursing education, with special attention given to the use of informatics and simulation, and, while at Hunter College, she led a major initiative in training faculty how to use technology in teaching. She also streamlined the process and made it easier for nursing students to transition from junior to senior colleges, in the City University of New York system. She has made significant contributions to the knowledge base for oncology and gastrointestinal nursing, and edited a major oncology nursing journal.

She helped increase opportunities for nurses to do clinical research, when as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, among other positions, she developed the first program of clinical nursing research. Her visionary and sustained contributions to the specialty of nursing education earned her a fellowship in the Academy of Nurse Educators in 2008.

Griffin-Sobel’s impact has been felt as an author, editor and contributor to numerous scholarly works, and books, including Gastrointestinal Cancers (her clinical focus) and Hematology & Immunology: Concepts for Nursing, which won an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

She earned her PhD at New York University in nursing (1987), her MS in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (1981) and her BS in nursing at Herbert H. Lehman College (1975).

Caption: Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, dean of the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

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