A group of nurse leaders representing all 50 U.S. states and 24 countries are being inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing. The academy will induct the 163 nurses on Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C., during its annual policy conference “Transforming Health, Driving Policy.”
The academy is composed of more than 2,300 nurse leaders who work in a variety of areas, including education, management, practice, policy and research. Academy fellows serve in a number of leadership positions, including as hospital and government administrators, college deans and scientific researchers, according to a news release. A full list of the inductees is available at the AAN website.
AAN fellows are among the nation’s most educated citizens, according to the academy website, with more than 90% holding doctoral degrees. Fellows are expected to contribute their time to the academy and work with other health leaders to transform America’s health system by enhancing the quality of nursing care, promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum, reducing health disparities and inequalities, shaping healthy behaviors and environments, integrating mental and physical health and strengthening the nursing and health delivery system both nationally and internationally, according to the website.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in one of the Academy’s expert panels that correlate with their area of expertise, the website said.
“We are pleased to welcome this talented class of clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators and executives as they join the nation’s thought leaders in nursing and healthcare,” Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the AAN said in the news release. “We look forward to working with them to continue the academy’s work in transforming health policy and practice through the use of our collective nursing knowledge.”
AAN’s fall conference will focus on ways nurses are transforming health and improving care delivery, according to the academy website. Topics slated for coverage include optimizing RN and APRN practice to integrate mental health and primary care services, transitions of care and vaccinations.
Objectives of this year’s conference include examining opportunities for nurse leaders and their impact on policy that influences implementation of healthcare reform and addresses factors affecting the health of populations, according to the AAN website. Other objectives include analyzing cross-disciplinary efforts involving nurse leadership to develop and implement health policy within a variety of organizations, as well as encouraging nurse leaders to incorporate healthy behavior into the meeting lifestyle, the website said.
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