Kathy Camacho Carr, RN, PhD, ARNP, CNM, FACNM, an alumna of the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill., was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice by Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services. In this role, Carr will work with other council members to shape policies for improving nursing education and practice.
The council is made up of nurse educators and individuals from across the nation. As part of their appointment, council members meet two to three times a year in Washington, D.C., to develop and submit recommendations to improve nursing education to the secretary and the U.S. Congress. Much of this work focuses on advising the nations health leaders on methods to enhance the composition of the nursing workforce; using nurses to better meet the health needs of the country; expanding the knowledge, skills and capabilities of nurses; financing and delivering nursing services; and promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services.
“I was honored to be selected for the NACNEP,” Carr said in the release. “My first goal is to learn as much as I can about the council, its best practices for getting things accomplished and to acquaint myself with the most pressing issues of concern. Ultimately, I hope to advise the secretary and congressional leaders about the importance of funding nursing education and facilitating interprofessional health education.”
Carr is a professor, the Jean Bushman Endowed Chair for Vulnerable Populations and coordinator of the nurse-midwifery program at Seattle University College of Nursing. Her research and teaching interests include womens health, maternal-child health, and education of advanced practice nurses and nurse-midwives.