On Nov. 8, four University of Minnesota School of Nursing faculty members — Melissa Avery, RN, PhD, CNM, FACNM; Margaret Moss, RN, PhD, JD; Carol O’Boyle, RN, PhD; and Cheryl Robertson, RN, PhD, MPH — were formally inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing.
“For the first time in the history of the school of nursing, four exemplary professors were inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in one year,” said Connie W. Delaney, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, dean of the school of nursing in Minneapolis/St. Paul, in a news release. “This is a rare accomplishment among all U.S. schools of nursing.”Margaret Moss, RN
Avery, vice president of the American College of Nurse Midwives, is a recognized national and international leader in nurse-midwifery. She has contributed to the development of accreditation standards for nurse-midwifery education programs and the creation of benchmarks for nurse-midwifery practice.
An enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, Moss is the first and only American Indian in the nation to hold doctorates in nursing and law. She focuses on improving the health of Indian elders while honoring traditional tribal ways and practices.Carol O’Boyle, RN
O’Boyle played a key role in defining the discipline of infection prevention and control in the early 1980s. She has continued to be a national and international leader in research, practice consultation, public health advocacy, and nursing education.Cheryl Robertson, RN
Robertson focuses on the health and well-being of victims of war. Her work has redefined the outcomes of war as a public health issue. She has provided sustained leadership to global health organizations, including the American Refugee Committee, Minnesota International Health Volunteers, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, and Human Trafficking International.