She is a professor of clinical nursing at the Ohio State University College of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
. At the university, Dr.
She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
in recognition of the national and international impact of her needlestick injury prevention advocacy, and, in 2006, she was honored as a Living Legend by MARN.
Kirtek's numerous distinguished academic and professional positions include Dean of Nursing at Marquette University; founding director of the doctoral program in nursing and director of the Center for Nursing Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Florence Thelma Hall Distinguished Professorship in Nursing and founding director of the doctoral program at the University of Texas School of Nursing at Galveston; fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
(AAN); President of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS); and is a past recipient of a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.