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July 16, 2015

President's Message: Culture of Engagement

Diana Mason

At a recent meeting of the Academy's Board of Directors, Ramon Lavendaro suggested that the Academy was focused on building a culture of recognition, philanthropy and engagement. And he's right. In this message, I want to focus on our culture of engagement.

Former President Joanne Disch made fellow engagement a high priority in her term and the Academy has continued to find new opportunities to engage our fellows in meaningful ways. We have a thriving, large Development Committee that is building on our recent successes at improving our non-dues revenue streams. We have strengthened how we engage Expert Panels in supporting the strategic aims of the Academy, as evidenced by the increase in policy briefs and position papers over the past few years. The Academy continues to appoint fellows to represent us with a variety of new and continuing strategic partners who are eager to hear a nursing perspective on important issues. These partners include the National Quality Forum, the Institute of Medicine, and others whose aims align with ours. And through our Institute for Nursing Leadership, we are supporting the appointment of nurses to gubernatorial, federal and national boards, commissions, and other policy advisory entities.

I am asking those of you who sponsored a colleague who was selected for induction at this year's annual conference and meeting to mentor the new fellow into early engagement with the Academy. Have them by your side during the meeting. Introduce them to colleagues. Accompany them to a Policy Dialogue and Expert Panel meeting and encourage them to participate in the discussions. Bring them to the Living Legends Ceremony and Reception where we recognize those whose work is legendary. Answer their questions about the Academy and how to get involved. The culture of engagement begins with each of us.

And just a reminder that Early Bird Registration ends on July 31, 2015; click here to register at the reduced rate.  

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Two Weeks Left: Early Bird Registration Now Open for 2015 Conference. Register Early & Save! 


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Support the 2015 Policy Conference! Click here to view the Sponsorship, Advertising & Exhibitor Prospectus.

Two Weeks Left for Early Bird Conference Registration:

Register by July 31, to take advantage of lower rates for the annual policy conference. 

Vote for Academy Leadership:

Voting is now open for the following leadership positions at the American Academy of Nursing: 

  • President-Elect (1 to be elected, two-year term)
  • Board Treasurer (1 to be elected, two-year term)
  • Board of Directors (3 to be elected, two-year term)
  • Fellow Selection Committee (5 to be elected, three-year term)
  • Nominating Committee (3 to be elected, two-year term)

Current Academy fellows may complete the online ballot. New fellow inductees and honorary fellows are not eligible to vote according to the Academy's bylaws.

Fellows in good standing have until Saturday, August 15, 2015 11:59 PM EDT to submit the electronic ballot. Vote today!

Academy List of Nurse Leaders:

As part of the Institute for Nursing Leadership, the Academy has updated its list of fellow appointments to boards, commissions and task forces through July 15, 2015. If you would like to be added to the Academy’s list or need to update your information, please fill out this form. The Academy’s list will be updated quarterly.

Thank You Academy Supporters:

We are proud to acknowledge the generosity of our supporters and their commitment to the Academy. The list below represents Academy supporters who have made unrestricted gifts to the Rheba de Tornyay development fund and/or restricted gifts designated for the Institute for Nursing Leadership at the President's Circle level of $1,000 and above in June. Each dollar raised directly supports the Academy's mission of transforming health policy and practice through nursing knowledge.

  • Bobbie Berkowitz
  • Colleen Goode
  • Sharon Horner
  • Julie McAfooes
  • Jeri Milstead
  • Ellen Olshansky
  • Jeannine Rivet 
  • Eileen Sporing
  • Eileen Sullivan-Marx
  • Jean Watson

In Memoriam:

Elizabeth Thomson, DNSc, RN, CGC, FAAN, died Tuesday, July 14, at home after a long illness. She was 64.

Elizabeth began her career as a labor and delivery nurse, and throughout her professional life, she maintained a deep concern for the health and welfare of women and children. She developed a lifelong interest in genetics, started formal training in 1975 and in 1982 was in the first wave of individuals to be Board Certified as a genetic counselor. Always learning, she subsequently received a doctorate in nursing research and policy from Johns Hopkins.

Elizabeth's affiliation with NHGRI (then the National Center for Human Genome Research) started in 1991 when she worked with then NCHGR Director, James Watson, and Deputy Director, Elke Jordan and Eric Juengst, the first director of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program. From the beginning, Elizabeth focused her attention on clinical issues related to the Human Genome Project and genomic research, In 1993, she became a full time Program Director in the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program, a position she held until her retirement in 2012. 

Elizabeth was a champion for the role of nurses in genetic counseling, co-founding the organization that later became the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). She was a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a lifelong advocate for the rights of human research participants in genetics research, particularly the most vulnerable and those underserved by the research and health care enterprises. She was also a much beloved mentor to countless grant applicants and a generation of ELSI research trainees.

Click here for information about funeral arrangements or to leave an online message in Elizabeth's memory book.

Fellow Achievements:

Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, has been designated as a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA typically chooses around six individuals per year for this designation. This is the second time that a nurse has received the designation of Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Riegel will be recognized at Scientific Sessions hosted by the AHA in November 2015.

Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM, a long-time UCF professor and administrator, has been named dean of the University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing after a national search for the position. Dr. Sole, who has served as the college’s interim dean since 2013, starts her new role on July 1. Sole joined UCF in 1991 as a visiting associate professor in the former School of Nursing at both the Orlando and Cocoa campuses. Since then, she has served as the graduate program coordinator and the school’s interim director. She later became the College of Nursing’s interim dean and the Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing.


Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, has been announced by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as the new president of the AACN board of directors. She is a clinical nurse specialist, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, a position she’s held since 1987. She also holds a faculty associate position with University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Charon A. Pierson, PhD, GNP, FAANP, FAAN received the Towers Pinnacle Award at the National Conference of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in June. The award, named in honor of Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, FAANP, FAAN, acknowledges outstanding contributions and commitment to AANP and advancement of the image and role of nurse practitioners nationally and internationally. Dr. Pierson has been the editor of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) since 2000 and is an internationally recognized expert in publication ethics. 

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