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December 2008
Greetings from the President

Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
President, AAN

Dear Academy Fellows,

I am delighted to report that the Academy’s 35th Annual Meeting & Conference was a great success. It was an impressive gathering of Fellows, health professionals, and health care leaders from all around the globe around the theme “Health as a Bridge to Global Peace.” I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to the co-chairs Bobbie Berkowitz and Suzanne Feetham, and the planning committee members: Marianne Hattar, Ada Sue Hinshaw, Afaf Meleis, Barbara Nichols, Marla Salmon, and Joyce Verran.

Highlights from the Conference include the thoughtful and stimulating presentations from the three keynote presenters: Drs. William Foege, Sheila Tlou, and Naeema Al Gasseer, the four pre-conferences, Karen Kasmauski and Marla Salmon’s “Glimpse at Nurses Around the Globe” presentation, the productive meetings, and of course, the induction of our 90 new Fellows. The Academy made a commitment to “go green” during this year’s conference. Both the poster abstracts and the Fellowship directory were put on CDs. Extra food and flowers were donated to a local charity. And this year’s conference bag can be reused as a shopping bag. Please visit the Academy’s Web site to view and purchase the photos from the Annual Meeting and Conference; 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Annual Fund!

During the conference we announced the winners of this year’s election. I am pleased to report that Diana Mason was reelected as Secretary for the Academy and Bobbie Berkowitz and Lauren Aaronson were reelected as Board members. I am also happy to welcome our newest Board member – Patricia Reid Ponte. The new members of the Fellow Selection Committee are Margaret McClure (co-chair), Susan Albrecht, Catherine Chesla, Pamela Clarke, Faye Gary, Jacqueline Gonzalez, David Keepnews, and Beverly Malone. And Suzanne Feetham has been elected to chair the Nominating Committee. Congratulations to those elected and appointed, and many thanks to the Nominating Committee chaired by Karen Cox, to everyone who agreed to run, to those who took the time to submit nominations, and finally, to all those who voted.

We also announced a new bylaws change; the Fellowship voted to approve the bylaws change that would lift the restriction that International Fellows can only make up five percent of the number of new Fellows inducted during the previous year. This means that there will be no bylaws-directed limit on the number of International Fellows selected for membership in the Academy.

This has been an exciting year for the Academy and has gone far beyond simply making a successful transition to a national office in Washington, DC. We are well positioned to be active players in the health care national scene. The Board and staff will be looking at our strategic plan and bringing proposals to you in the next year to better engage you as our members and to focus our efforts. I look forward to my second year as President as I am confident that 2009 will bring continued growth for AAN. I appreciate all the support I have received from the Board and the entire Fellowship.

In closing, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season.

Sincerely yours,

Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Update from AAN Headquarters
Key Dates
  • Fellowship Dues Renewal Deadline – COB on March 9, 2009
    • Dues renewal grace period ends, $100 late fee in effect – March 16, 2009
  • Fellowship Applications Due – COB on February 27, 2009
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2009 Special Topics Conference – Technology, Genetics and Beyond: Research Methodologies of the Future
    • October 14th, 2009 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC
    • For more information about the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science visit
  • AAN’s 36th Annual Meeting and Conference
    • November 5-7, 2009 at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis in Atlanta, GA

Pat Ford-Roegner, MSW, RN, FAAN

Dear AAN Fellows,

As 2008 comes to an end, I am very pleased with the progress the American Academy of Nursing has made over the year. Thanks to the leadership of Pam Mitchell, Catherine Gilliss, the Board of Directors, and the entire AAN Fellowship, we have taken advantage of opportunities, and together, we are spreading the message that nursing science and knowledge can transform health care policy and practice.

With the new incoming administration and congress, 2009 promises to be a very exciting and busy year. We have already started talking with some of the key leaders on health care reform in the Senate. In November, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, released his white paper on health care reform. The Academy sent him a letter congratulating him on his work and reminding him no single group of professionals or politicians will solve these complex problems alone. You can find and read the full letter on the Academy’s Web site:

I recently posted a comment on President-elect Obama’s Web site ( urging the incoming Obama-Biden administration to reach out to nurses that have developed solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges. I also provided the link to the new Raise the Voice video ( I encourage all of you to take a moment and share your story and remind the incoming administration that nurses’ contributions to health care are critical and an indispensable part of solving our health care crisis.

We will continue to reach out and meet with the Members on the key committees in the Senate and House of Representatives. And once Former Majority Leader Tom Daschle is confirmed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, we will be sure to reach out to his office.

Through the Raise the Voice campaign, we held a media roundtable discussion in New York City, which was hosted by the John A. Hartford Foundation and focused on long-term care and family caregiving. We had an impressive panel, which included: the moderator Jane Chesnutt Editor-in-Chief Woman’s Day; Cory Reider from the Hartford Foundation, who discussed Hartford’s work in the areas of geriatrics and workforce and their investment in long-term care and family caregiving; Jennie Chin Hansen discussed the On Lok model; Susan Mullaney discussed the Evercare model; Carol Raphael discussed the Visiting Nurse Services of New York and home care options; Gail Sheehy the author of Passages shared her thoughts on how chronic care and other illnesses can impact the individual as well as the family dynamic; and Diana Mason provided a brief overview of the Academy’s work and the Raise the Voice campaign. The briefing resulted in two stories. One appeared in the New York Times and the other in HealthDay News.

Earlier this year the AAN received a grant from the Kellogg Action Lab to conduct an audit to gauge the effectiveness of AAN’s messages and programs among health policy influencers and media. The audit provided some valuable feedback and will help shape the future direction of the Raise the Voice campaign.

I am also pleased to report that the Workforce Commission’s Technology Drilldown Project was published. Linda Burnes Bolton, Pamela Cipriano, and Carol Gassert authored “Smart Technology, Enduring Solutions: Technology Solutions Make Nursing Care Safer and More Efficient” which was published in the Fall Quarterly of the Journal of Healthcare Information Management. A link to the article is available on the Academy Web site under News and Announcements. Commission members continue to present these results at various conferences including the 2008 ANCC National Magnet Conference and AMIA’s Annual Symposium. During Phase II of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Grant, the Workforce Commission is working on disseminating these results and their implications to various stakeholder groups including purchasers, industry manufacturers, and policymakers.

I look forward to another exciting and productive year with the AAN. I am hopeful that true health care reform will become a reality in 2009. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Pat Ford-Roegner, MSW, RN, FAAN

Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity
Adriana Perez, a 2007-2009 BAGNC Predoctoral Scholar, was featured on NBC Nightly News for her exercise program for Latinas. To view the interview, please see

Kristine Williams, a 2001-2003 BAGNC Fellow, was featured on Good Morning America for her research on Adults with Alzheimer's in nursing homes demonstrating that those who are talked to like children are more likely to be resistive to care. To read the ABC News article or to view the story on Good Morning America, click on the following link:

AAN Annual Fund

Dear Fellows,

Greetings! I hope this newsletter finds you well and closing another healthy, happy year. My sincere thanks to those of you who’ve contributed to the 2008 Annual Fund, particularly those of you who donated and purchased AAN Annual Fund merchandise at the Annual Meeting and Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Your participation and generosity made the event a huge success!

To those of you still considering your gift, it’s not too late. With the new administration poised to made significant steps toward health reform, it is critical that the momentum nursing’s profile has gained not be lost. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Annual Fund allows the Academy to make the voice of nursing heard through its participation in groups such as the National Quality Forum and others, all with an end of making meaningful changes to create a better system of care for all.

To contribute, just visit the Web site,, hit the "Events" section on the top navigation bar, then "Annual Fund." Don’t forget that your purchase of AAN merchandise (which can be found on the website under the “Store” section) also goes toward the Annual Fund, so you can both give and receive during the holidays. And as always, you may simply call 202/777-1170 or send a check made payable to the American Academy of Nursing, to us at 888 17th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006. My best wishes to you and yours for the holiday season and in 2009.

Warm regards,
Linda Groah, MS, RN, FAAN
Chair, AAN Annual Fund Committee

Fellows On The Move
Submitted by Margaret Comerford Freda, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAN

If you have news you wish to share in the next Fellows On the Move, please email it to Margaret Comerford Freda at

Susan Albrecht, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Associate Professor & Associate Dean, has been named the president-elect of AWHONN (The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses). Dr. Albrecht will serve as the president-elect effective January 1, 2009 and as the president of the organization beginning in 2010. Dr. Albrecht has served as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for more than 30 years, teaching undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. In addition, she has worked as a staff nurse for the past 30 years at South Hills Health System. Dr. Albrecht is widely published in the fields of smoking cessation during pregnancy and adolescent health.

The San Diego Psychiatric Nursing Society has announced that its recipient of the 2008 Advanced/Expanded Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award is Luc R. Pelletier, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAHQ, FAAN, an Administrative Liaison at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. In his consultative/supervisory role, he mentors and supervises staff and provides management counsel to lead RN’s and supervisory personnel.

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, recently named the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has received the 2008 McGovern award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). McGovern awardees are chosen by the AACN Board of Directors on the basis of their scholarship and the notability of their contributions to nursing, health care, or higher education. Dr. Hassmiller’s new position at RWJF will integrate and connect the Foundation’s extensive nursing programs to promote broader and more lasting impact on the nursing field and on public health and health care. She will lead and advise the Foundation’s efforts to develop and disseminate strategies to address the nurse and nurse faculty shortages, to create safer, higher quality care for patients, and to improve the nation’s health, and provide advice on all Foundation nursing programs and serve as the Foundation’s lead liaison to external groups on nursing issues.

Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA received the Distinguished Service award from NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) at their annual convention in September 2008. This award is the highest honor of the association, and signifies a member who has made consistent outstanding contributions to the field.

Shannon E. Perry, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita San Francisco State University, has received the 2008 President's Award as a Global Health Volunteer from the Global Caring Nurses Foundation, which was founded in 2003 and serves as an international conduit for providing capacity building in healthcare globally. Dr. Perry was honored for her exemplary contributions to nursing, public service and selfless commitment and passion in shaping the future of international health, and reflects the volunteer work she has done in Ghana, Kenya and Honduras as well as her work in introducing nursing students to international nursing and health care in the UK, Ireland, Ghana, Italy, Thailand, and China.

Two nursing scholars have assumed Associate Dean roles at the University of Michigan School of Nursing: Marita G. Titler, PhD, RN, FAAN, will serve as Professor, Associate Dean for Practice and Clinical Scholarship Development, and as the Rhetaugh Dumas Endowed Chair, and Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair, will serve as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship. Dr. Titler will play a vital role in moving forward the research and practice integration of the School and the University, while leading the development of “implementation science.” A health science research area focused on the ways that knowledge is put to practice in complex systems. Dr. Villarruel renowned for her work with HIV/AIDS in Latino youth and STD prevention will now lead the continued development of the University of Michigan research mission. She will operate within a state, national, and global context and will assure research and scholarly collaborations across sectors of the school.

In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Florence S. Wald, MN, MS, RN, FAAN and Mabel A. Wandelt, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Florence S. Wald, MN, MS, RN, FAAN, founder of hospice in the United States and Dean Emeriti of Yale University School of Nursing, passed away Saturday, November 8, at her home in Branford, Connecticut. She was 91 years old. An obituary for Ms. Wald can be found here:

Mabel A. Wandelt, PhD, RN, FAAN, retired Professor Emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, died November 20, 2008. An obituary for Dr. Wandelt can be found at: 

AAN Fellows, we want to hear about your work
All Fellows are invited to regularly submit a brief article for the AAN pages in Nursing Outlook about your work or the work of other AAN Fellows. It is imperative that we keep others informed of what AAN Fellows are doing at the local, state, national and international levels. When possible, please include how this work relates to health policy. It is also important to inform others of how they can help your efforts or how to become involved.

To facilitate the article, the Communication and Publicity Committee has developed templates on Leadership, Research, Health Policy and Expert Panel work. Articles only need to be 500-1000 words in length. Please feel free to complete any of these templates, add any other pertinent information and submit to one of the committee members below.

Please contact Donna Zazworsky,, for additional information.

Submission Deadlines for AAN Pages in Nursing Outlook:
Mar/Apr Issue

December 22, 2008

May/June Issue March 9, 2009
Jul/Aug Issue May 1, 2009
Sep/Oct Issue July 2, 2009
Nov/Dec Issue September 2, 2009


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