SWIRSKY, the recipient of
numerous Long Island Press Awards, wrote health, science
articles for The New York Times Long Island section for
over 20 years, as well as for many regional and national
publications. A former obstetrical nurse, Lamaze teacher, and
psychotherapist, Joan is the book-and-lyric writer of four musicals,
one of which, "Oh Baby!" - about three couples facing parenthood -
was produced in New York City in 1983.
For eight years, starting in 1985,
Joan was a science writer for The Women's Record on Long
Island, during which time she wrote over 175 articles on the issue
of breast cancer on Long Island - its clinical, psychological,
political, environmental, and social implications. She has been
publicly acknowledged as being responsible for two redesigns of the
New York State Study on breast cancer and as being the first
journalist in America to put the breast cancer-environment
relationship "on the map" of public consciousness.
Joan is a clinical nurse specialist
(R.N., M.S., C.S., C.E.) and NY-State-certified psychotherapist. She
was awarded a Nurse of Distinction Award by the New York State
Legislature in 1991, received the Master's Faculty Leadership Award
from Adelphi University, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing
She was also the co-founder and
Editor-in-Chief of REVOLUTION -The Journal of Nurse Empowerment
from 1990 to 1995. The national quarterly magazine received First
Prize for Editorial Excellence from the prestigious national media
Folio Awards in 1994 in NY City. In addition, for 15 years, she was the founding editor of The Caucus Current, a monthly magazine on conservative Jewish political issues, which was mailed monthly to the entire U.S. Congress and Israeli Knesset.
For 15 years, Joan wrote a
monthly column on pregnancy and childbirth for Newsday’s
Parents & Children Magazine and for Long Island Parent.
She was also a political writer for Newsmax.com and
Newsmax Magazine. To this
day, she writes for
numerous conservative websites. Joan is also the author/coauthor of 12 books.
Click here for her articles.
Joan and her late husband Steve, a businessman, have three children and