Two Chamberlain College of Nursing Colleagues Receive Fellowship Honors


Being honored as a fellow is one of the highest recognitions an individual can receive and is a direct reflection of Chamberlain College of Nursing’s commitment to academic excellence and the advancement of nursing education. Fellowship is more than a recognition of accomplishments, it’s the responsibility to advance health through education, practice and research that, in turn, directly impacts the well-being and highest quality of nursing worldwide. Two colleagues of Chamberlain College of Nursing, Elizabeth Fildes and Linda Hollinger-Smith, were recognized as fellows by their professional organizations for their commitment to transforming healthcare on both a clinical and academic level.

Elizabeth Fildes, Ed.D., RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, FIAAN

Professor, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Elizabeth Fildes was honored as a fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (IntNSA) at the organization’s induction ceremony on October 6, 2016. The induction of new fellows was held in conjunction with the International Nurses Society on Addictions’ annual educational conference. Those selected for this honor have provided visionary leadership in addictions nursing and continue to support the vision of IntNSA.

Fildes has been an innovative leader in addiction nursing education for more than 30 years. Dr. Fildes has been recognized for her work as a smoking cessation advocate by the Nevada Cancer Coalition, Southern Nevada Health District and Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition, among other organizations. She has authored four books and contributed to publications focused on tobacco and nicotine addictions, including “Your Journey to a Nicotine Free Life, A Transformation.” In addition, she has presented numerous times on the topic of tobacco quit lines and telephonic counseling for those with tobacco and nicotine addiction. In 1997, Dr. Fildes founded the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline and served as its principal investigator and senior director for 17 years.

Linda Hollinger-Smith, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Linda Hollinger-Smith was inducted as a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education during the organization’s annual summit on September 23, 2016. She was one of the 18 distinguished fellows selected for this year’s honor. Those selected provide visionary leadership and have made enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education as teachers, mentors, scholars, public policy advocates, practice partners and administrators.

Hollinger-Smith is a specialist in gerontological nursing with more than 35 years of research, academic and leadership experience. Her scholarly endeavors have focused on three key areas: nursing workforce development and retention, faculty development in geriatric nursing, and family caregiver education. As Chamberlain’s senior director of institutional effectiveness, Dr. Hollinger-Smith is currently testing predictive models of both academic and non-academic factors that impact student success outcomes and have significant implications to best prepare students for rigors of nursing education. 

Previous Chamberlain NLN inductees include. Susan Groenwald, Ph.D., MSN, RN, FAAN, ANEF, national president for Chamberlain College of Nursing; Richard Cowling, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, ANEF, vice president of academic affairs; Beverly Bonaparte, Ph.D., RN, ANP, FAAN, Jacksonville campus president; Adele Webb, Ph.D., MSN, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Cleveland campus president; Julie McAfooes, MS, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, manager of web development; and Dee McGonigle, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF, director of virtual learning environments.

Check out The Chamberlain magazine to view additional fellowship announcements. 

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