CAMDEN — A
Rutgers–Camden nursing scholar has been honored by the Rutgers University
Graduate School of Education Alumni Association for her outstanding service to
The GSEAA awarded
Carol P. Germain, director of nursing program development at the Rutgers School
of Nursing–Camden, with a Distinguished Service Award in April.
“It’s always good
to receive recognition for one’s successful endeavors,” Germain says. “Hopefully,
the award will inspire others to achieve their own educational goals.”
Service Award highlights the GSEAA’s commitment to education. It has been
awarded since 1959.
“The GSEAA presents
this award to those who have distinguished themselves in both service and
education and have gone above and beyond their duties. Carol is someone who
embodies the award,” says Barbara Whitman, the association’s president.
Germain earned her
doctorate with a focus on anthropology of education from Rutgers University in
1978. She is a graduate of the St. Clare Hospital School of Nursing in New
York, received her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, and her
master’s degree from St. John’s University.
She has held
faculty appointments at St. John’s University, the Rutgers College of Nursing–Newark,
and the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, and achieved emeritus status from the
University of Pennsylvania in 2001.
The GSEAA commended
Germain on her numerous and significant contributions to the nursing profession
in the areas of nursing practice, education, scholarship, and leadership.
A fellow of the
American Academy of Nursing, Germain’s expertise in qualitative research has
been recognized internationally. She served two terms on the American Nurses
Association’s Cabinet on Nursing Research and three terms on the Research
Committee of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.
permeated every aspect of Dr. Germain’s long and distinguished nursing career,”
says Joanne Robinson, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. “She has
taught generations of nursing students at all levels, from pre-licensure to
doctoral, and co-authored one of the seminal texts in medical surgical nursing.”
“Dr. Germain has
also been a trailblazer in the area of nursing research,” Robinson adds. “She advocated
for the value and rigor of qualitative research at a time when it was
considered ‘soft science’ and is credited with the first institutional
ethnography of nursing practice, The
Cancer Unit: An Ethnography.”
A Mays Landing
resident, Germain has been widely published in nursing journals and books and
clinical textbooks. She has been a consultant and has made numerous national
and international presentations on crucial health issues.
Media Contact: Ed Moorhouse