Do a quick Google search and you’ll understand why The Web Nurse named Jacqueline Fawcett one of the 20 most influential people in the nursing field in 2010.
Fawcett is an internationally recognized authority on conceptual models of nursing and nursing theory. She is currently chair of the Nursing Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
American Academy of Nursing
Early in her career, Fawcett was invited to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) honoring her significant contributions to nursing knowledge development. Fawcett articulated the metaparadigm of nursing as comprising four concepts—human beings, environment, health, and nursing— and has published books about nursing conceptual models (paradigms) and theories since 1984.
Her first book, Analysis and Evaluation of Conceptual Models of Nursing, has been translated into Finnish, Japanese, and German.
Integrating teaching, research, and practice
Since joining the faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 1999, Fawcett and her team have been conducting multi-site studies of women’s adaptation to motherhood, including one study of women in four states of the United States, Finland, and Australia. These studies are prototypes for the integration of research in nursing, teaching, and practice.
Fawcett emphasizes: “My research is a huge collaborative effort that includes my nursing colleagues and students at UMass Boston and others around the globe.”
Fawcett served as a consultant to the Nursing Research Council at Winchester Hospital during their journey toward attaining Magnet Hospital status. She also served as a writing and research mentor for staff nurses at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The power of mentoring
Fawcett credits her mentors for the enormous influence they have had on her 47-year career in nursing.
“I am just an ordinary person who has had extraordinary opportunities because I had great mentors,” Fawcett says.
A mentor herself, Fawcett is now helping both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences achieve career success as nurses and nurse education.