VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) has awarded M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Villanova University College of Nursing’s Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to 2015 SNAP state President Meghan Long, "Dean Fitzpatrick is an inspiration to all members of the student nurses’ association, not only for her successes in the profession, but for her powerful dedication to student nurses. This led to the creation of our first ever, Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Dean Fitzpatrick is considered the founder of SNAP-Villanova. She arrived at Villanova in 1978 with a vision of excellence that included the establishment of a chapter of the Student Nurses Association as a co-curricular association essential for development of students and future nurses. Across the years, Dean Fitzpatrick has continued to foster students’ involvement in SNAP-Villanova, SNAP and the NSNA.
Under Dean Fitzpatrick’s leadership, the Villanova College of Nursing has developed leaders in nursing education (Mary Ellen Glasgow ‘87, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Dean, Duquesne University School of Nursing), leaders of world renowned hospitals (Madeline Bell ’83, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and nursing military leaders (Maryalice Morro ‘83, retired navy captain and Director of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia).
Earlier in November, Dean Fitzpatrick was also honored with a scholarship in her name, established by the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF). She was recognized at the NEF Gala Reception in New York City on November 4th, with many campus colleagues in attendance. Dean Fitzpatrick has been a member of the NEF Board since 1983. The new scholarship to assist nurses in graduate school is called the M. Louise Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund.
NEF is non-profit organization which seeks and distributes funds to baccalaureate prepared registered nurses in need of nursing scholarship assistance for graduate study. While studying for her doctoral degree in nursing education at Columbia University Teacher’s College, Dean Fitzpatrick was a recipient of NEF’s Isabel Hampton Robb Scholarship.
The College of Nursing at Villanova University, established in 1953, has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. For more on the College of Nursing, click here.