Three faculty members from the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing have been named as fellows by the prestigious American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing now has 11 faculty who are fellows in the AAN.
The AAN announced in a June 18 press release that among the highly distinguished nursing leaders chosen for induction are Associate Professors Tamara Kear PhD, RN, CNS, CNN; Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN; and Jennifer Yost BSN, PhD, RN. Each is also an alumna of the College. The inductees will be honored at a ceremony during the Academy's annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, which will take place October 24-26, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Villanova Nursing alumna Maria van Pelt ‘04 MSN, ‘15 PhD, CRNA, associate clinical professor and Nurse Anesthesia Program Director at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, is also among this new class of fellows, which represents 38 states, the District of Columbia, as well as 17 countries.
Through a competitive and rigorous process, the new fellows were selected based on their “impressive contributions to increase access, reduce cost, and improve quality through nursing theory, practice, and science,” according to the AAN release.
“We congratulate our faculty and alumni who are being inducted into the American Academy of Nursing and are proud to say that four Villanova Nurses are among this class of accomplished nursing leaders,” says Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, who was inducted into the Academy 15 years ago. “These teacher-scholars have been relentless in their leadership and innovative approaches to problem solving and have built science that has a positive impact on the health of patients and populations.