Dr. Harriet A. Fields doctoral and master’s degrees are from her beloved graduate school Teachers College, Columbia University. Ed.D. Community Health Education and Nursing Education; Ed.M. Public Health Nursing Education. She has also served on Teachers College, Columbia University Alumni Council. While in graduate school at Columbia, she was research assistant to anthropologist Dr. Margaret Mead at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
As a nurse educator based in Washington, DC, with an expertise in health care policy and professional nursing’s leadership role in humane health care reform, she teaches Health Care Policy online to graduate students throughout the country for Simmons University in Boston.
Dr. Fields’ expertise is also in community/public/global health nursing, and arts and healing. She now does global health work in Rwanda, and partnering with a local NGO in Kigali. Dr. Fields project is “Grassroots Empowerment of Women as the Gatekeepers of the Health of the Community”. The uniqueness of her work is the focus on women in rural villages as the source of information, and confirming and collaborating with schools/parents/teachers, community health workers, and local authorities. The need is for Train the Trainer programs in rural villages for community health workers, community health centers, and our nurse educator colleagues in Rwanda for sustainability and capacity development. She envisions offering her programs to graduate nurses across the globe as professional development and continuing education programs.
Dr. Fields is scheduled to present her work to the Global Network of Public Health Nursing Tri-annual International Public Health Nursing Conference May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prior to teaching online, she developed a baccalaureate programs in nursing, and coordinated a master’s and doctoral programs in gerontological nursing and long term care, as well served as Interim Director of a hybrid university based RN-BSN-MSN program. For many years, Dr. Fields has been a consultant in long-term care and nursing home reform in Washington and in New York City and State. In Washington, she also served as the Federal Court Monitor in the D.C. Village Nursing Home case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the District of Columbia for the violation of the civil rights of the residents of the nursing home the District owned and operated. Very valuable lessons to be learned for the empowerment of citizens and successful advocacy for our most vulnerable and poor.
Dr. Fields is a former RN member of the District of Columbia Board of Nursing and commissioner of the Magnet Program in Recognition of Excellence in Nursing Services of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her dissertation from Teachers College, Columbia University is “A Study of Professional Behavior in Education and Practice, With An Emphasis on Professional Nursing Education and Practice”. The Conceptual Framework for Professional Behavior developed as part of her dissertation, Dr. Fields uses as examples in her teaching and work for professional nurse empowerment and leadership in humane health care delivery for our clients – local, national, and global.
Dr. Harriet A. Fields is also active nationally and internationally in promoting the legacy of her grandfather, W.C. Fields, for generations to come – www.wcfields.com.
New York City, American Theatre of Actors, December 21, 2015, first performance of “The Real Transcript of W.C. Fields Murder Trial (of a Canary), 1928” in the actual courtroom of the Trial