A pair of nursing faculty members at Rutgers-Camden (N.J.) were selected as American Academy of Nursing fellows.
Robert Atkins, RN, PhD, an associate professor with a joint appointment in nursing and childhood studies at RutgersCamden, and Janice Beitz, RN, PhD, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APN, C, MAPWCA, a professor of nursing, will be inducted into the academy Oct. 19 during its 40th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
“To be selected as a fellow is a great honor, one of the highest honors an American nurse can achieve,” Beitz said in a news release. “Selection for the academy means you have demonstrated major achievements in your nursing career that benefit patients and society, especially in the realm of research and scholarship.”
Atkins and Beitz join Rutgers School of NursingCamden Dean Joanne Robinson, RN, PhD, GCNS-BC, FAAN, as fellows. Robinson was inducted as an academy fellow in 2011.
“The induction of me and Dr. Beitz into the academy means that three faculty members affiliated with the Rutgers School of NursingCamden will be fellows in this respected academy,” Atkins said in the release. “This is an important achievement for the Rutgers School of NursingCamd en because it heightens the profile of the school. As a new school of nursing working to attract the best and brightest students and faculty in the region and the nation, it is important to have faculty who have national and international recognition.”
Before coming to RutgersCamden, Atkins worked as a school nurse at East Camden Middle School and co-founded the Camden STARR Program, a nonprofit youth development program dedicated to improving the life chances of youth living in Camden. He serves the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as national program director of its New Jersey Health Initiatives program. NJHI is the foundations statewide grant-making program.
“Being inducted as a fellow into the academy is a nice recognition to receive from my colleagues in nursing,” Atkins said in the release. “The honor suggests that I have made a few worthwhile contributions through my scholarship and service. However, more importantly, it is a signal that it is my time to take a seat at the table and participate in the conversation around improving health and healthcare in this country.”
Beitz joined the RutgersCamden nursing faculty in 2012 after teaching at La Salle University in Philadelphia. She has co-authored more than 25 research publications and more than 75 articles in refereed nursing and interdisciplinary journals, and she also has co-authored multiple book chapters and one book. She has dedicated her research to developing algorithms to determine the best practices for ostomy care.
Beitz said in the release that the fellowship demonstrates the Rutgers School of NursingCamden “is on the way to being a major center of quality education for nurses at baccalaureate and advanced practice levels — including doctoral level — located in South Jersey. I see the fellowship as a way for both Bob and myself to improve the health and wellness of New Jersey residents via education, research and scholarly work.”