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Published: 17 September 2020

University of Surrey academic Professor Faith Gibson enters 2020 Class of New Fellows

By Natasha Meredith

The American Academy of Nursing has selected the University of Surrey’s Professor Faith Gibson to join its prestigious 2020 Class of Fellows.

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Professor Gibson, from Surrey’s School of Health Sciences, is one of only four nurses in the UK who have been bestowed with this honour, which recognises significant contributions to health and healthcare.

Beginning her career as a registered nurse in 1981, Professor Gibson went on to gain a second qualification in children’s nursing, giving her a wealth of experience in delivering healthcare to these particular patient populations. Further, she is an internationally recognised and respected specialist in children’s and young people’s cancer care; she has worked tirelessly to research ways to improve their experience of cancer therapies and aftercare.

Alongside her role at the University of Surrey, Professor Gibson also holds the position of Director of Research-Nursing and Allied Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust in London, one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world. Through this role, one of Professor Gibson’s main responsibilities is preparing and supporting the academic development of the nursing and allied health research workforce of the future. She also runs a programme of patient centred and supportive care research in cancer care within the Trust, focusing on the development of high-quality evidence for those caring for children and young people with cancer in the UK and beyond.

Professor Gibson said: “I am delighted to be a part of the 2020 Class of New Fellows. Improving the experiences of children with cancer is a passion of mine and something I will continue to do for many years to come. I am thrilled that my work has been recognised in this way and would like to extend my thanks to the American Academy of Nursing.”  

Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, Academy President, said: “I am honoured to welcome this exceptional class to the American Academy of Nursing. Their work across many fields of expertise exemplifies the power of nursing knowledge in creating meaningful change.

“As a policy organisation, we strive to improve health and achieve health equity through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. Growing the Academy’s Fellowship bolsters our collective strength and further enables us to meet our policy priorities. Now more than ever our collaboration is critical, and I congratulate this dynamic class of Fellows during the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.”

 

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