Irashel P. Fitzgerald, M.N. ’73, M.P.A.

In the early 1970s Fitzgerald was involved in developing and implementing pediatric nurse practitioner programs for 11 health districts of Los Angeles County, as well as maintaining her own weekly pediatric nurse practitioner clinic. She was a founding member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners and served as a member of the American Nurses Association committee that established the first pediatric nurse practitioner examination. Fitzgerald later spent 12 years with the Los Angeles County Probation Health Services Department as an assistant administrator to three detention and 13 camp youth facilities in operations functions of payroll, personnel, procurement, plan, and policy for the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Health Infirmary. Since 1990 Fitzgerald has worked as a consultant, including as principal writer for the Cameroon, Africa Association of University of Women’s AIDS Project.