The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 2,068 Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.
Invitation to Fellowship is more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health care system by
Each year, by awarding Honorary Fellowship in the Academy, AAN recognizes individuals in honor of their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care who are not eligible for membership of a regular fellow. Learn more about Honorary Fellows
The Academy recognizes a small group of Fellows as Living Legends in honor of their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession, sustained over the course of their careers. Although these Fellows have typically stepped down from the positions that they made their legendary contributions, their work continues to have a positive, ongoing impact on the profession. Learn more about Living Legends
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