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Diana MasonRecently, a board member reached out to another fellow who was a colleague in her place of employment. The colleague said that she didn't think she would renew her fellowship since she didn't know what the Academy did. The board member asked her colleague if she read the Academy pages in Nursing Outlook, or read FAAN Mail, or visited the Academy's website regularly, or attended the annual policy conference. The colleague said she did not. We know that about 34% of fellows open FAAN mail. It's a quick, easy way to keep abreast of some of the work of the Academy and our fellows. But it's concerning that more don't open it. What are we missing? How would you like for us to share with you the significant work that the Academy has been doing?

The board of directors is committed to strengthening the Academy's capacity to move forward on our strategic plan. We recently contracted with a development consultant to conduct an analysis of the Academy's resources. Our thanks to the 18% who responded to the online survey and to the 25 fellows who participated in one-hour, in-person interviews.

The consultant's report was quite interesting, including finding that some fellows are not sure whether the Academy is an honorific organization or one with a mission. The Academy has been moving forward over the past years in being able to better live up to its mission of serving "the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge." So the confusion may be a part of our growth and maturation. Or it may be that we are not doing a good enough job of communicating with fellows about the Academy's work.

The board has discussed the report and its implications at our last two board meetings. One of the actions that the board is taking in response to the report is to invest in its own training to ensure that we are a "high-performing board," including through excellence in living up to our fiduciary responsibilities. One example of the board's commitment to excellence in governance is its 100% participation in giving to the Rheba de Tornyay Fund.

The board is also actively reaching out to fellows and others to discuss our most important initiatives. We are here to serve, but we need you to do your part. We welcome your contributions and engagement. We welcome your full support of the many initiatives on which we are working. The Academy is thriving. We hope that you will stay connected. If you have suggestions for improving how we communicate with you, please let me know at Diana_Mason@aannet.org.

Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN
President
Upcoming Conferences
Academy's 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference Council's 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
October 16–18, 2014
Grand Hyatt Washington
September 18–20, 2014
The Washington Hilton
Policy

Senate Confirmation of Linda Schwartz. Today (July 31) is the last session day before the Senate's one month August recess. If you are inclined, please call senator Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and urge a vote on Dr. Linda Schwartz's nomination as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Policy and Planning before the session closes.

Protecting Women from Gun Violence. Representing the Academy, fellow Jackie Campbell delivered stunning testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on July 30 on her research on domestic violence homicide of women. The Academy is pleased to endorse S.1290 Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Jackie Campbell delivered stunning testimony
Vote in Leadership Election
If you haven't already, cast your vote in the 2014 Academy Leadership Elections. Current fellows have through Friday, August 15, to submit their electronic ballot. Honorary fellows and new fellow inductees are not eligible to vote. Review the candidates and vote.
Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Media Award
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Katie Couric Celebrates Nurses

Watch Couric Celebrate NursingOn her talk show, Katie Couric interviewed Academy president Diana Mason as part of Couric's celebration of nurses. Couric also interviewed Carolyn Jones and discussed the documentary, "The American Nurse," and she interview nurses working in prisons and military medical units. Watch it here.

Fellow Appointments
Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, was appointed editor-in-chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice.
Support your Academy!
Please remember to make a gift to the Academy's Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund.
Schools of Nursing Celebrate Centennials
Carolyn J. Yocom, PhD, RN, FAAN and Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, were two of the ten initial inductees into the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing Hall of Fame on May 16, 2014, during the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the hospital and school.
Celebrate with the FNINR on October 15, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC Register for the Gala!
Career Opportunities
See opportunities on the Academy jobs site.
Advertise your employment opportunities or special announcements in FAAN Mail
Awards & Recognition
Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, will receive the National Association of Neonatal Nurses' Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to neonatal nursing.

Claire Caruso, PhD, RN, FAAN received the RADM Julia Plotnick Publication Award for Health/Nursing Policy for her book chapter, "Shift Work and Long Work Hours" in Occupational Ergonomics – Principles and Applications (2012; Eds: A Bhattacharya & J McGlothlin). This award recognizes a publication by a nurse in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that informs and educates consumers and/or healthcare practitioners about significant health related issues.
Barbara DosseyBarbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC received the American Holistic Nurses Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Medicare Coverage of Hep C Testing Applauded by the American Academy of Nursing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will now cover screening tests for hepatitis C virus, which 2.7 to 2.9 million Americans may have. This decision will save many lives. The American Academy of Nursing supports this coverage.

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Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare beneficiaries might be covered for hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing.

“Hepatitis C virus is the most common blood-borne infection in the US and is quickly becoming a major public health problem,” says Donald Bailey, PhD, RN, FAAN; an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing.

Approximately 75 to 85% of people infected with HCV develop chronic infections. Chronic hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including scarring of the liver and hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common liver cancer. In the next 10 years, about 150,00 people will die from liver cancer and end-stage liver disease associated with chronic hepatitis B and C. Liver disease is now the leading cause of death in Americans with HIV infection, a group already highly susceptible to HCV.

The American Academy of Nursing and its Expert Panel on Emerging & Infectious Diseases has long called for increased testing for HCV. The Academy is pleased that Medicare will now cover testing for many high risk groups.

Who is eligible? Medicare patients who are considered “high risk” are eligible. Based on research, Medicare has said people who are at a high risk of carrying the virus are persons:

  1. with a current or past history of illicit injection drug use
  2. received a blood transfusion prior to 1992
  3. are born from 1945 through 1965, who are five times more likely to carry the virus.

What should Medicare patients do? If you are at a high risk, ask your primary care provider to conduct a simple blood test to check for the virus. 

“The healthcare community and consumer advocacy groups need to increase efforts to educate the public about this disease,” says Donna Zucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst. “With earlier testing and diagnosis, the easier it is to treat this disease.”

This coverage change will assist in efforts to educate the public, curtail the spread of the virus, and more effectively treat the disease.

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American Academy of Nursing fellows are available for further comment.

About the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,200 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

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American Academy of Nursing
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Vote in Leadership Election
If you haven't already, cast your vote in the 2014 Academy Leadership Elections. Current fellows have through Friday, August 15, to submit their electronic ballot. Honorary fellows and new fellow inductees are not eligible to vote. Review the candidates and vote.
Policy
The Academy joined the Nursing Community to support S. 2154/ H.R. 4290, to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program. The legislation would fund the EMSC program for FY2015–2019. This is the only federal program that focuses specifically on improving the pediatric components of the emergency medical services system.

Building on last year's National Defense Authorization Act to address sexual assault within the military by establishing appropriate training requirements for personnel performing sexual assault examinations, Sen. Boxer will introduce a bill that requires each military branch to ensure a 40-hour didactic standard for SANE training. The Academy joined the International Association of Forensic Nurses to send a letter to Sen. Boxer in support of this legislation.
Have You Ever Served in the Military?
NEW LAW. Connecticut passed a new requirement for hospitals in its state to ask all patients if they are military veterans. The Academy is working to emulate this law in other states.

FELLOW OP-ED. Rose Constantino, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, expressed her concerns about veteran care in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette and urged private sector clinicians to ask, "Have you ever served in the military?"

PACKETS SHIPPED. Last month, the Academy shipped informational packets to 1,400 Federally Qualified Health Centers and 500 mental health clinics nationwide. This is the initiative's largest rollout to date.

PERSONAL STORIES. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish a collection of personal stories from war veterans (combat and non-combat) about meeting their health care needs. Veterans’ stories may address a variety of health care needs, and a variety of health care settings. Contact the Academy for more information. Deadline is August 30.
Upcoming Conferences
American Academy of Nursing's Policy Conference Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science's
Research Conference
October 16–18, 2014
Grand Hyatt Washington
September 18–20, 2014
The Washington Hilton
Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Media Award
The Academy is accepting nominations for outstanding works of journalism in health and healthcare with accurate and appropriate inclusion of nurses’ contributions or perspectives.

If you know of such journalist, please nominate or encourage them to enter. Nominations are due August 31, 2014. See award site for more details.
Nursing Ethics for the 21st Century:
A Blueprint for Action
The Academy is a strategic partner with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Nursing for the National Nursing Ethics Summit in August 2014. The invitational event, Nursing Ethics for the 21st Century: A Blueprint for Action, will bring together prominent nurse ethicists, professional nursing organizations and key stakeholders. Together, they will help define the priorities and components of a call to action and strategic agenda for nursing ethics for the United States.
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Fellow Appointments
Jackie Rowles, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAPM, FAAN, was elected as president of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.

Kerri D. Schuiling, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN recently began her position as the new dean of the College of Health Science and Professional Studies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. She is the first nurse to hold this position at the university.

Ann Scanlon McGinity, PhD, RN, FAAN, recently became chief operating officer of Houston Methodist Global Services.

Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, was elected president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN, was appointed VP and CNO at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.

Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, was named dean of the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science at the College of New Jersey.

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, was appointed to the National Quality Forum’s Behavioral Health Standing Committee.

Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, was named CEO of the Oncology Nursing Society.
Thank You June Supporters!
The Academy would like to thank the following for their recent contributions to theRheba de Tornyay Development Fund:
  • Nancy & James Artinian
  • Susan Boehm
  • Dorothy Brundage
  • Ann Cain
  • Mary Chesney
  • Barbara Durand
  • Barbara Habermann
  • Sharon Horner
  • Mary Kamienski
  • Kathleen Malloch
  • DeAnne Messias
  • Todd Monroe
  • Joan Stout
  • Ana Valadez
  • Zane Wolf

By making a gift of $1,000 or greater, the Academy would like to welcome the following to the 2014 President's Circle:

  • Jane Barnsteiner
  • Bobbie Berkowitz
  • Ruth Lubic
  • Angela McBride
  • Jeanne Novotny
  • Sharon Pappas
  • Shirley Smoyak
  • Eileen Sporing
  • Eileen Sullivan-Marx
  • Debra Toney
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Career Opportunities
See new opportunities on the Academy jobs site.
Advertise your employment opportunities or special announcements in FAAN Mail
Schools of Nursing Celebrate Centennials
As reported in last issue of FAAN Mail, both the Ohio State University and Indiana University Schools of Nursing are celebrating their centennials this year. As part of their celebrations, they are recognizing 100 outstanding alumni. There were so many fellows recognized that we unintentionally left out some fellows.

From Indiana University:
Rose Mays, PhD, RN, FAAN

From Ohio State:
Jeri A. Milstead, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Nursing Outlook iPad app now available!

New FREE benefit to fellows and subscribers.

Download today!
Awards & Recognition
Nancy O. DeBasio, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the Wagner College Alumni Association.

Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN was the inaugural Barbara Dunderdale Day Distinguished Lecturer at the Massachusetts’s General Hospital.

Debi Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN, was chosen as the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year from the Oncology Certification Corporation/Oncology Nursing Society.
ANA 2014 National Awards
Robert V. Piemonte, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, was inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame, which recognizes a lifelong commitment to nursing and the nurses’ impact on the health or social history of the United States.

Michael L. Evans, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, received the Luther Christman Award for contributions that an individual man in nursing has made to the profession of nursing.

Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, received the Distinguished Membership Award for outstanding leadership and participation in and contributions to the purposes of the ANA.
NLN Names 2014 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows
  • Janet Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
  • Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Maria Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
  • Roberta Waite, EdD, CNS-BC, FAAN
  • Helen Connors, PhD, RN, FAAN
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In Memoriam
Diane O. McGivern, PhD, RN, FAAN, a longtime leader at NYU College Nursing, died a few weeks ago after a long illness. Please read a letter from Eileen Sullivan-Marx, the current dean of NYUCN, on Dr. McGivern's influence.

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Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN

Pamela CiprianoBrenda Nevidjon was named the next cheif executive officer at the Oncology Nursing Society, a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care.

Nevidjon is currently a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and coordinator of the Systems Division, which includes the nursing informatics, nursing education, and nursing and healthcare leadership graduate majors. She will start her new role at ONS on September 1.

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Immediate Release

Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will talk about the BRAIN initiative, a new research program to understand the complexities of the human brain. Dr. Insel will speak at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s biannual conference to be held September 18–20, 2014, in Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014)—When President Obama announced the BRAIN initiative last year, he remarked, “As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away; we can study particles smaller than an atom. But we still haven't unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears.”

The BRAIN initiative, short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, is a research program focused on understanding the complexities of the human brain. This initiative has a direct connection between the work, research, and care of nurses.

“For nurses, the BRAIN initiative offers better tools to understand how the brain works in health and disease,” says Dr. Thomas Insel, who will speak at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, held September 18–20 in Washington, DC.

Consistent with the Council’s mission of Better Health through Nursing Science, Dr. Insel pioneered groundbreaking research on genetics and neurobiology of mental disorders. As well, Dr. Insel led efforts to transform the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illnesses. For the past twelve years, Dr. Insel has served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health, the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating knowledge to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders.

“Since brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and autism, are among the most disabling in our country,” says Dr. Insel, “a deeper understanding of the brain promises to reduce morbidity and mortality from both neurological and psychiatric diseases.”

Along with Dr. Insel, other keynote speakers are Patricia Flately Brennan, national program director of Project HealthDesign, and Robert Kaplan, director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. As well, there will be presentations from leading and promising nurse researchers from across the country and the globe. More information about the Council’s conference schedule and speakers are at www.NursingScience.org.

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The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (NursingScience.org) overarching mission is Better Health Through Nursing Science. Established in 2000 as an open membership entity of the American Academy of Nursing, the Council works to be a strong voice of nurse scientists at the national and international levels; supports the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science; and facilitates lifelong learning opportunities for nurse scientists.

The American Academy of Nursing (AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,200 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

Contact:

Michael Marriott
Communications Manager,
American Academy of Nursing
michael_marriott@aannet.org

 
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