Dr. Etowa wins Big as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing in the Class of 2021. By Joy Osiagwu

Dr.  Etowa wins Big as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing in the Class of 2021. By Joy Osiagwu

Dr Josephine Etowa emerges as one of the outstanding nurses of the second class of Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Nursing 2021.

 A Full Professor and holder of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Chair in Black Women's HIV Prevention and care in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Dr Etowa distinguished herself as an extraordinary and accomplished nurse in Canada over the years.

In a statement from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the "fellows successful nominations reflect careers of sustained impact across nursing and health systems in any of the given domains of practice."

The statement adds that selecting candidates for Fellowship is based on nominees' demonstration of "substantial and sustained contributions and commitments to advancing the nursing profession."

Amongst her numerous achievements, Dr Etowa is the founder and lead investigator of the Collaborative Critical Research for Equity and Transformation in the Health (CO-CREATH) Lab.

Her research program includes national and internationally funded studies on health equity, perinatal health, COVID-19 pandemic, and HIV/AIDS. She also focused on nurses' work-life from various social locations, including Black, Indigenous, other people of color (BIPOC) and White nurses in the context of the racial diversity in the workplace. Dr Etowa's research is informed by an intersectionality lens and community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach.

Dr Etowa’s research has resulted in seminal contributions to Canadian health policy and bringing racism to the forefront of dialogues.  She was Co-chair of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC), National standards and leadership in community health nursing.

Dr Etowa has over 120 publications and more than 300 scholarly presentations, including invited keynote addresses. Her co-authored antiracist healthcare practice textbook is well cited, and she co-edited the latest edition of the Community Health Nursing: A Canadian Perspective (2019), a strengthened and indigenized edition, which analyzes health inequities through a social justice and critical social theory lens.

The new class of Fellows were inducted and celebrated in a virtual induction ceremony on October 15, 2021.

Established in November 2019, the Canadian Academy of Nursing is the first pan-Canadian organization dedicated to finding, educating, supporting, and celebrating nursing leaders across Canada’s regulated categories and domains of practice.