In recognition of her tireless work to shape the future of the nursing profession and cultivate nursing leadership, Dr. Maryann F. Fralic has been named the recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON), will receive the award at the AONE 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston on March 22, 2012.
"The best thing about receiving this award is the acknowledgement that my work has done some good in the healthcare world,” says Fralic, who has been a longtime, active member of AONE. “And knowing that I have improved nursing care and led many nurses to successful careers in leadership is the most rewarding part of it all."
Throughout her career, Fralic has served in a diversity of roles demonstrating her expertise in health services administration and executive nursing practice. Whether acting as chief nursing officer, university professor, author, lecturer, mentor, or national and international consultant, she has worked diligently to improve nursing practice and provide nurses with the knowledge and skills they need to emerge as leaders in healthcare practice, research, and education.
Fralic is a professor at JHUSON and holds joint appointments with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School. She is also executive advisor emeritus for the Nursing Executive Center of the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC.
Previously, Fralic served as a senior consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows Program. She has been a member and chair of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the Health Resources and Services Administration (1996-2000), trustee of the American Nurses Foundation, and trustee for the Institute for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. She is a founding board member and a past president of the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the Johnson & Johnson-Wharton program in management for nurses. Fralic also is a former vice president of nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Fralic earned a doctorate in health services administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and has received Distinguished Alumni Fellow Awards from both the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. In 2000, she was inducted as an inaugural Legacy Laureate, the highest honor that the University of Pittsburgh bestows on its alumni.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an AONE member who is recognized by the broader nursing community as a significant leader in the nursing profession and has served AONE in an important leadership capacity, demonstrating the qualities of leadership and service to the nursing profession by their professional and personal example.