Patricia D'Antonio and Connie Ulrich Named to Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Patricia D'Antonio and Connie Ulrich Named to Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Induction Scheduled for July at Annual Nursing Research Congress in Australia

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Professors and LDI Senior Fellows Patricia D'Antonio and Connie Ulrich have been named to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Sigma) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, that organization has announced.

Their induction will be part of the annual International Research Congress in July in Melbourne, Australia.

Patricia D'Antonio and Connie Ulrich, Penn Nursing School;


Penn Nursing Professors [top] Patricia D'Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, and [Bottom] Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN

D'Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Chair of the School of Nursing Department of Family and Community Health and the Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Professor of both Nursing in the School of Nursing and Bioethics at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. She was the first nurse bioethicist at Penn.

The Hall of Fame is part of the International Awards for Nursing Excellence program that honors accomplishments of nurses who are members of the Honor Society of Nursing.

Excellence in scholarship
Established in 1922 as STTI and now known as Sigma, the worldwide society is focused on nursing scholarship and has more than 135,000 members in 90 countries. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and nursing leaders who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing. 

In a statement issued by the Nursing School, Dean and LDI Senior Fellow Antonia Villarruel said D'Antonio and Ulrich "have made incalculable contributions to not only the nursing profession, but to healthcare as a whole. Pat's distinguished work as a nurse historian has chronicled how nursing has evolved to the innovative, person/population-centered, evidenced-based profession it is today. Connie’s groundbreaking work provides nurses and other healthcare professions with guidance on how to deal with complex ethical decision making in research and healthcare. Penn Nursing is proud of them both, and of the impact they have had."