With the addition of six new inductees, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) reports that forty-two percent of its full-time faculty are now fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), recognized as one of the most prestigious honors in the nursing profession.  Dean Patricia Davidson, who was inducted last year, says becoming a FAAN is a momentous professional recognition. “Each inductee has incredible abilities, and this unusually high percentage of FAANs is reflective of our school’s  leadership in education, research and practice, locally and globally.”

This year’s JHSON inductees include: Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN; Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN; Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC; Hayley Mark, PhD, MPH, RN; Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP; and Elizabeth “Ibby” Tanner, PhD, RN.  Honored for their work in aging, health disparities, inequalities, mental health, and the healthcare system, they will be inducted at the American Academy of Nursing’s 2014 conference in Washington, DC, on October 18 and join a group of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research.  

The newest inductees say the recognition is truly special to their professional development and work:

“Being selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing is recognition of the research I do to promote the health and well-being of older African Americans.  It is continued validation that my work gives voice to the social support and spiritual needs of the underserved population of older African Americans and that it is valued among my peers.”—Hamilton

“As a palliative care and geriatric nurse researcher, my challenge has always been to develop and test interventions that will improve our systems of care and provide the best experience for our oldest and frailest citizens. To be honored now as a FAAN is a tremendous affirmation of what I’m doing. It will be a new opportunity for me to share my experience and grow at the same time.”—Hodgson

“Becoming a FAAN is a recognition that means so much to me personally. I am thankful to my mentors and colleagues who have taught and encouraged me along the way, to my sponsors who cheered me on, and to my family who have supported my professional goals. I am very grateful for this special honor.”—Kub

“Working as a nurse, my job is never really done, and that’s why this distinction is important. Now, as a FAAN, I have an ever bigger commitment to reducing inequalities and breaking down barriers within care delivery. I’m looking forward to working with a group of nurses who will move forward with me into the future of nursing.”—Mark

“There are milestones, like my first published research paper or my first patient success, that I will never forget. Becoming a FAAN will be one of those milestones for me. This is an incredible recognition, and a privilege I will deeply respect.”—Szanton

“It is a great privilege to be invited to join the fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing. I hope to use my gerontological nursing education and research experience to contribute to the important mission of this prestigious organization which advances the profession of nursing through health policy, practice, and education.”—Tanner


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