Graduate Chair Judith Lothian Ph.D., R.N., has been inducted as a 2015 Fellow for the American Academy of Nursing ("the Academy"). According to its website, the Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.
Seton Hall has long appreciated all that Lothian has added to the nursing profession.
"We have known for a long time how extraordinary Judy is - she is beloved by students, faculty and administration across the University. It seems fitting that she should be recognized on the national stage," said Dean Marie Foley, Ph.D., R.N.
In order to be admitted to the Academy, an applicant must provide clear evidence of outstanding sustained contributions to the improvement of nursing and health care, as well as the potential for more contributions going forward.
Lothian's impact on nursing is readily illustrated by her advocacy efforts in childbirth and childbirth education. Her commitment to childbearing families led her to teach childbirth education and, ultimately, to leadership in Lamaze International, a recognized authority in childbirth education and advocacy for childbearing families. As president of Lamaze International, she provided the vision and leadership that propelled the organization to take a strong stand in support of normal physiologic birth. Under her tenure, three critical initiatives were established:
- Accreditation of the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Certification Examination by the National Council of Certifying Agencies,
- Launch of the Journal of Perinatal Education and
- Development and dissemination of Lamaze's evidence-based Six Healthy Birth Practices.
Together these initiatives have made a substantial impact on the education of professionals and childbearing families and ultimately have helped women experience the safest, healthiest births possible.
Lothian's accomplishments have had a world-wide impact on education and policy and have not gone unnoticed by her peers.
"I am thrilled beyond belief that Judith Lothian is being inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. I can think of no one more worthy of this distinguished honor. Passion and commitment underscore Dr. Lothian's significant contributions to nursing and healthcare of women and childbearing families, notes Wendy C. Budin, Ph.D., R.N.-B.C., FAAN, Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at New York University College of Nursing.
"She innovates ways to generate and operationalize new knowledge to address the health challenges faced by childbearing women in today's rapidly changing health climate. The Academy will be enriched by the thinking and actions of Dr. Lothian. We are indeed fortunate to have such a jewel among our membership. It was truly my honor to serve as a sponsor for my good friend and colleague."
Debra Bingham, Dr.PH., R.N., FAAN, Vice President of Nursing Research, Education, and Practice at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), concurs.
"Dr. Lothian and I are long-time professional colleagues who share a common interest in promoting positive health outcomes for women and childbearing families. When I decided to became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, I actively sought out Judy as one of my mentors, based on her national and international reputation as a leader of childbirth education," said Bingham.
"I am proud to act as one of her sponsors as she is inducted into the Academy."
Lothian is one of only six nurses from New Jersey to be inducted in 2015. She joins her colleagues, Phyllis Shanley Hansell, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN, and Mary Ellen Roberts, D.N.P., R.N., A.P.N.C., who are also Fellows.
"I am honored to be acknowledged for my contribution to nursing as an advocate for safe, healthy birth for women and their babies," said Lothian.
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