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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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American Academy of Nursing Launches
Jonas Policy Scholars

Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare funds Policy Scholars to work with Academy Expert Panels

WASHINGTON, DC (November 20, 2014) The American Academy of Nursing (Academy), an organization dedicated to advancing health policy and practice, today announced the  Jonas Policy Scholars Program. Funded by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare with a $125,000 grant, this new initiative of the Academy will recruit 12 highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral nursing students for a two-year experience whereby they will be matched with an expert panel to learn from leading nursing experts about major health policy issues. 

“The Academy is grateful to the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare for supporting the development of nurses to lead the policy work that is needed to create healthy communities and to transform our health care system,” said Academy President Diana J. Mason. 

The Jonas Policy Scholars will create a pipeline of early-career nursing scholars who will contribute to shaping practice, education, and research policy relevant to nursing and the work of the Academy of Nursing; provide a mechanism for Academy expert panel leaders to mentor early-career Jonas Policy Scholars on key issues relevant to the panel’s area of focus and strategies for shaping those policies; and support expert panel chairs in advancing work to inform and shape policy and improve the health of the public. 

“U.S. healthcare is in the midst of an immense shift and nurses are among the most qualified professionals able to ensure the highest quality healthcare going forward. Serving on the frontlines of care, nurses give voice to patient issues and their advocacy is needed at the policy table,” says Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Jonas Center and former state representative of Maine, where she also served on the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State’s Long-term Care Oversight Committee. “With the Academy, the Jonas Center is advancing its goal to help prepare nurses to play leadership roles in creating a more effective healthcare system.”

Jonas Policy Scholars are selected based on evidence of scholarship, including publications, presentations, honors and awards; evidence of leadership experience; and match between the applicant’s interest area and at least one healthcare issue addressed through the expert panels.

The first cohort of six Jonas Policy Scholars (2014-2016) and their expert panels are:

  • Sunny Hallowell, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, Breastfeeding Expert Panel
  • Emerson Ea, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Cultural Competence & Health Equity Expert Panel
  • Alicia Rossiter, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Military/Veterans Health Expert Panel
  • Laura Brennaman, University of New Mexico College of Nursing,  Psychiatric/Mental Health/Substance Abuse Expert Panel
  • Kathy Simmonds, University of Rhode Island College  of Nursing, Primary Care Expert Panel
  • Joan Ching, Seattle University College of Nursing, Quality Health Expert Panel

The expert panels are one of the major forces within the Academy for developing new knowledge, promoting collaboration, and shaping policy.  The panels provide a flexible and efficient mechanism by which emerging issues within the nursing profession and concerns for the health of the public are addressed.  Each utilizes members’ critical knowledge, analytical skills, and networks to review the current research and issues within the field, to take action as appropriate in addressing key issues, and to make recommendations on projects and/or initiatives the Academy should undertake to transform healthcare policy and practice.

The collaboration builds on the successful Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program,launched in 2008 to address the shortage of nursing faculty and to grow the field of nurse leaders. The Jonas Center currently supports 335 doctoral scholars nationwide; it has nearly 270 Jonas Scholar alumni. Its goal is to support 1,000 scholars by 2016. Jonas Policy Scholars Emerson Ea and Kathy Simmonds are also current Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars (2014-2016); Alicia Rossiter is an alumna of the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program.

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About the American Academy or 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 2,300 Fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and the promotion of the health of the public through evidence-based health policies.

About the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
In 2006, Barbara and Donald Jonas established the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (formerly known as the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence), the leading national philanthropic funder dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. These programs currently support 335 doctoral scholars nationwide and have nearly 270 alumni. The Jonas Center’s goal is to support 1,000 scholars by 2016.


Cheryl G. Sullivan          , 202-777-1167

Olivia Goodman, 212-715-1597

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Partners to Transform Health
Diana Mason One of the priorities that CEO Cheryl Sullivan and I have been following up on is to reach out to potential partners to advance the Academy's 2014–2017 Strategic Plan.

For example, earlier this summer, we met with Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (and Academy fellow); Michael Lu and his colleagues at the Maternal Child Health Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services; and staff with the National Governor's Association.

Our conversations focused on opportunities to continue to influence the implementation of health care reform and to address the upstream factors that shape the health of people. These include the Academy initiatives that address these two aims, such as the work of Edge Runners that is so aligned with the goals of these entities that the discussions quickly extend to opportunities for collaboration.

We have been clear that we are not interested in duplicating others' efforts (unless such duplication would be fruitful) or spinning in place. Rather, we express our commitment to "moving the needle" on these two important priorities and welcome opportunities to partner with others to do so.

We continue to ask our Expert Panels to identify important strategic partnerships and appointments that could advance our work in these areas. No one organization can work in isolation and be effective. We seek to be an excellent partner in promoting the health of people. I welcome your thoughts on opportunities that we ought to consider. You can read the strategic plan or can e-mail me at

Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN
Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Media Award
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
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Nursing's Role to Improve Patient Safety
Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, past president of the Academy, testified before US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health & Aging. She spoke about the need to empower nurses and patients to improve patient safety and health outcomes.
Fellow Achievements
Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler
Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing.
Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, was appointed as the executive director for the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, which is the workforce center for the state.
(Following is a Paid Announcement)
Linda Yoder
Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was awarded the President's Award by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
Kathryn Fiandt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP has been appointed Associate Dean for Transformational Practice and Partnerships at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing.
Lucy Bradley-SpringerNext week, Lucy Bradley-Springer, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, will be sworn in to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), which provides advice, information, and recommendations to the secretary of health regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease and to advance research on HIV disease.

The White House asks PACHA to provide, on an ongoing basis, recommendations on how to effectively implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as well as monitor the Strategy's implementation.
Career Opportunities
(Following is a Paid Announcement)
Mayo Clinic Associate Dean for Nursing Research
Rochester, MN

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is seeking an Associate Dean for Nursing Research. The Associate Dean is responsible for the overall leadership and coordination of nursing research programs and their integration within the Department of Nursing in Rochester, MN, Florida, and Arizona Mayo Clinic locations.

Apply and learn more
about Mayo Clinic and the vast array of opportunities that await you.
2014 Living Legends
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.
Kathleen Dracup, PhD, FNP, RN, FAAN Barbara A. Durand, EdD, RN, FAAN Bernardine Lacey, EdD, RN, FAAN Colleen Goode, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
The 2014 Living Legends will be recognized on Thursday, October 16, 2014, the opening night of the Academy's Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference.
2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference
Happy Labor Day!
The Academy offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, to celebrate Labor Day. We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing weekend!

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Jill E. Bormann, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN

Jill Borman

Jill E. Bormann is one of five VA nurses from across the country who has been named a recipient of the Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing and Advancement in Nursing Programs. Dr. Bormann received the award in the category of Registered Nurse Expanded Role. 

Dr. Bormann conducts federally funded research on the health outcomes of the Mantram Repetition Program, a spiritually integrated educational program for symptom management, in various groups including Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, adults living with HIV/AIDS, family caregivers of veterans with dementia, healthcare employees, and first-time mothers.

Research findings provide growing evidence that the Mantram Repetition Program is an effective approach to symptom management. It is an innovative intervention that is invisible, inexpensive, non-pharmacological, and complementary to mainstream medicine.

“As a psychiatric nurse, I am interested in caring for the whole person—mind, body, and spirit,” Bormann said. “I have witnessed firsthand, personally and professionally, how powerful mantram (sacred word) repetition can be to manage symptoms and everyday life stress. It is a privilege to study and disseminate this program to as many as possible, including Veterans, family caregivers, and staff.”

The Mantram Program was adapted from the work of Eknath Easwaran at the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. Learn more about the Mantram Repetition Program.

Dr. Bormann is an associate nurse for executive and research at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She was inducted into the fellowship in 2013.

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American Academy of Nursing
National Coalition Launches Effort to Place 10,000 Nurses on Governing Boards by 2020

WASHINGTON, DC (November 17, 2014) — The American Academy of Nursing is pleased to be a founding member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, a group of national nursing organizations working together to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country. “Without a nurse trustee, boards lack an authority on the patient experience, quality and safety, and the largest part of the hospital workforce,” Trustee Magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association, wrote recently.

The coalition will implement a national strategy to bring nurses’ valuable perspective to governing boards, as well as state-level and national commissions, with an interest in health. The goal is to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020. The effort is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommended nurses play more pivotal roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans.

“The Academy is pleased to be a part of this important coalition to build the infrastructure for long term work on nurse appointments,” said Academy President Diana J. Mason.  “The work aligns with the Academy's strategic goal of positioning nurses as leaders in health and health care.  We will continue our focus on policy-related appointments at the national and state levels and support other nursing organizations in their appointment priorities.”

The effort is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP as part of their collaborative effort to implement the recommendations of the IOM report through the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

Members of the coalition are listed below. Other organizations may choose to be a part of this important and historic coalition going forward.

American Academy of Nursing
American Assembly For Men in Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
American Nurses Foundation
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association
Association of Public Health Nurses
National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc.
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Black Nurses Association
National League For Nursing
National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
National Student Nurses Association
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sigma Theta Tau International

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action seeks to promote healthier lives, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. An initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign works with Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia to implement the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations. Our vision is to ensure that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. The Campaign is coordinated by the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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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 2,300 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.

Cheryl Sullivan, CEO
American Academy of Nursing
Washington, DC | | 202-777-1170
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