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University of Maryland professor, alumni join American Academy of Nursing fellows


Karen Kauffman, RN, PhD, CRNP-BC, associate professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, and eight UMSON alumni are among 172 nurse leaders who will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing’s 2013 class of fellows this fall.

Joining Kauffman as members of this year’s class are UMSON alumni Anna C. Alt-White, RN, PhD; Col. Margaret M. McNeill, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, NE-BC; Renee A. Milligan, RN, PhD, WHNP; Sue A. Moorhead, RN, PhD; Richard Ricciardi, RN, PhD, NP; Diane Seibert, RN, PhD, ARNP-BC; Elizabeth Sloand, RN, PhD, CRNP-BC; and Sharon A. R. Stanley, RN, PhD. Fellows will be inducted during the AAN’s 40th annual meeting to be held in October in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have been selected for a fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing based on my contributions to public policy over the past eight years, as the only nurse on the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors,” Kauffman said in a news release. “As a fellow, I look forward to participating on two expert panels — ‘Aging’ and ‘Palliative and End of Life Care’ — to assure that nursing is aligned with the National Alzheimer’s Plan to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, and to facilitate achievement of the Association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”

Criteria for selection as a fellow include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current AAN fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Kauffman’s selection as a 2013 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing,” UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. “It is one of the most prestigious honors in nursing and truly demonstrates how much she has contributed to the field. Dr. Kauffman is one of many first-rate, top-notch faculty members in the school of nursing, and her work and impending induction confirms that our students are in good hands. I am also very pleased to see alumni from the University of Maryland School of Nursing being recognized for their outstanding contributions. We are very proud that we have played a role in both their nursing education and leadership potential.”


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