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750 Nurse & Health Researchers to Gather in Nation’s Capital
From September 18–20 in Washington, DC, leading health researchers will exchange innovative ideas to improve health and care delivery.

WASHINGTON, DC (September 10, 2014)— The 2014 State of the Science (SOS) Congress on Nursing Research, hosted by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, will examine the increasingly complex data, needs, and systems confronting and affecting the future of health.

With 750 attendees, this is the nation’s largest gathering of leading and promising nurse scientists and researchers from across the country and globe.

There will be more than 540 research presentations. Many presentations will focus on innovative ways nurse scientists approach emerging science, including trends in Big Data and in the BRAIN Initiative.
Keynote speakers hold prominent policy and positions leaders and include

  • Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will address his agency’s work on the BRAIN Initiative, a project promoted by President Obama.
  • Patricia Flately Brennan, national program director of Project HealthDesign, will speak to how Big Data can improve health care.
  • Robert Kaplan, chief science officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will present on ways to tame the complexity of health data.

The SOS conference will be held at the Washington Hilton from September 18–20. More information about the SOS conference schedule and speakers can be found at

The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science of the American Academy of Nursing delivers the biennial SOS Congress. The Academy is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Conference attendees can earn continuing education credits.


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About the Council

Better Health Through Nursing Science is the mission of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science ( Established in 2000 as an open membership entity of the American Academy of Nursing, the Council serve as a strong voice for 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.

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July 31, 2014
From the President
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, PhD, RN, FAAN
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

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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Sally S. Cohen selected as Distinguished Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in-Residence

Nurse and expert on children’s health to influence America’s health policy at leading national health organization.

WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2014)—Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been chosen as the 2014–2015 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.

Formed by a congressional charter, the Institute of Medicine provides analysis and advice on medicine and health with the goal of improving the nation’s health system. The IOM Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program, initiated in 1992, provides a yearlong leadership opportunity to participate in shaping health policy.

As a scholar-in-residence, Cohen will work on child health policy, an area in which she has made significant contributions as evidenced through the publication of her research in peer-reviewed journals, as well as her book, Championing Child Care, where she analyzed three decades of national childcare policies and politics.

Cohen holds an endowed chair of nursing and is director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the New Mexico State Nurses Association, and due to her notable contributions, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1988.

“It is an honor to be selected as this year’s scholar,” says Cohen, “I accept the responsibility that accompanies this honor to advance nursing and health policy leadership, especially as it concerns children's issues and bullying prevention.”

During her tenure as scholar, Cohen will focus on childhood bullying, which has been known to cause lifelong health problems for both the victim and the aggressor. As a parent, Cohen has witnessed the long-term effects bullying has had on her child and family, and, as a pediatric nurse practitioner with decades studying children's policies, she has “seen the serious gaps in policies to address this increasingly life-threatening issue for children.”

“We are late in focusing on bullying prevention as a nation,” says Cohen, “as evidenced by the tragic deaths and traumatic experiences, including cyber bullying, that too many of our youth have experienced already.”

Cohen appreciates that bullying has finally received national attention. While many federal, state, and local governments, along with countless private groups, are proposing or implementing prevention programs, it isn’t clear which are most effective and why. Cohen seeks to untangle this web of overlapping activities to see what is working best, what isn’t working, what gaps there may be, and how the policy stakeholders interact to effect policy change.

“We have a growing body of evidence available to determine data gaps, best practices, and how to develop national policies that are relevant to states, communities, school districts, and most of all, to children, themselves. As with so many issues, prevention is very important.”

The Distinguished IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program is proudly supported by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation. Gifts to the Academy’s Rheba de Tornyay development fund and the ANF Annual Fund support the Scholar-in-Residence program.

In collaboration with other health and nurse experts, Cohen will use her time at the IOM to draft innovative policy approaches and best practices for bullying prevention. She hopes that her work will continue to inform and engage the health community and the public on this very important and timely issue. 

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About the Academy
The American Academy of Nursing ( 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.

About American Nurses Association (ANA)
ANA ( is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

About the American Nurses Foundation
The American Nurses Foundation ( is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, with the mission to transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.  The Foundation supports research, education, and scholarships, which improve health, wellness, and patient care. 


Michael Marriott
Communications Manager,
American Academy of Nursing

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American Academy of Nursing announces
2014 Living Legends of Nursing

Four extraordinary nurse leaders to receive one of the nursing profession’s highest honors.

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2014)—The American Academy of Nursing will recognize four extraordinary nurse leaders as Living Legends for their contributions to nursing and health care over the course of their careers. Designation as a Living Legend is the highest honor in the Academy.

Kathleen Dracup, PhD, FNP, RN, FAAN, is an educator and researcher with almost 50 years of experience in cardiovascular nursing and research in care of patients with heart disease. Because of her advocacy and research, quality of life of patients with heart disease and their families have improved dramatically.
Barbara A. Durand, EdD, RN, FAAN, has spent her entire career advocating for a greater role of nurse practitioners in health care and advancing the field of pediatric nursing. She has written extensively, testified before Congress, and designed degree programs on the nurse practitioners and pediatric nursing.
Bernardine Lacey, EdD, RN, FAAN, started the movement to include care of the underserved in the nursing curriculum. Because of this movement, the profession is better prepared to care for the most vulnerable in our society.
Colleen Goode, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is a distinguished research and practitioner. Her quantitative research has led to more cost-effective care and better health outcomes in the United States and abroad.

Since the recognition started in 1994, eighty-eight Living Legends have been selected. All Living Legends have distinguished careers that have improved the health of the nation through notable contributions to nursing practice, research, and education.

“While all of the Academy's fellows have made significant contributions to improve health and health care,” says Academy president Diana Mason, “these four are particularly noteworthy for work that has been impressive, enduring, and historic.”

The 2014 Living Legends will be recognized on Thursday, October 16, 2014, the opening night of the Academy's Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, DC. For more information visit,

The Academy’s board of directors recognizes a small group of fellows as Living Legends each year. To be eligible, a Living Legend must have been a fellow for at least fifteen years and have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and health care throughout their career.


About the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing ( 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.


Michael Marriott
Communications Manager

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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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Nevidjon joined the fellowship in 2004.

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