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Rutgers Dean William Holzemer Receives 2014 Recognition Award from New Jersey League for Nursing

William Holzemer

Dr. William Holzemer, dean and professor, Rutgers School of Nursing, receives a 2014 Nurse Recognition Award from Dr. Patricia Castaldi, President, New Jersey League for Nursing.

William Holzemer
School of Nursing faculty joined with Dean William Holzemer to celebrate him receiving a 2014 Nurse Recognition Award from the New Jersey League for Nursing. Picture left to right are (seated) Jeneva Stoudemire, Mary Kamienski, William Holzemer, Tony Forrester. Standing are: Kellie Volcy, Joyce Hyatt, Amita Avadhani, and Gayle Pearson.

William Holzemer
William Holzemer

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November, 2014

William L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor at Rutgers School of Nursing, received a 2014 Nurse Recognition Award from the New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) at an awards ceremony recently held at the Pines Manor in Edison. NJLN, a statewide nursing education advocacy organization, honored Holzemer for his outstanding leadership in nursing education, research and health care in the state, nation and across the globe.

Holzemer, a resident of New Brunswick, oversees of one the largest, most comprehensive nursing schools in the United States. He joined Rutgers in 2009 as dean of the College of Nursing, which recently merged with the nursing school from the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

An internationally recognized expert in academic nursing and HIV/AIDS care, Dr. Holzemer provides leadership in these areas via the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses, and many universities around the world. He served as consultant to agencies and organizations such as the Finish Academy of Nursing, Japan Academy of Nursing, African Nursing Honor Society, RAE 2001 Higher Education Funding Council (United Kingdom), and the Medical Research Council for South Africa.

A past president of the American Nurses Foundation, he has helped guide organizations including the National League for Nursing, American Academy of Nursing, and Commission on the Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. He has provided leadership on national commissions and Institute of Medicine committees, contributing to the development of federal policies and legislation related to HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Holzemer has a distinguished research career of more than 20 years focused on issues surrounding quality of life for people living with the HIV infection. He recently completed six years as a chartered member and chair of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section and was appointed as a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, 2012-2016. He also was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member of the Japan Academy of Nursing. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Egypt), a Project HOPE Fellow (USA-Mexico Border), and is a visiting professor at St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Tokyo, Japan. He served as elected member of the International Council of Nurses Board of Directors, 2005-2013 and received the 2007 Distinguished International Leadership Award, CGFNS International. He is professor emeritus at the School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco.

In 2012, Japan honored Dr. Holzemer with its Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his extraordinary contributions to the development of nursing science and the education of nursing professionals in Japan. He holds a PhD degree from Syracuse University, BSN from San Francisco State University, MS from Miami University, and BS from the University of Washington.


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