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April 1, 2016

President's Message: Your Academy Board at Work


I occasionally hear from Fellows that they are not always aware of how the Board conducts the business of the Academy or exactly what Board members are responsible for. I am aware that a number of you are interested in serving on the Academy Board but are not sure of the commitment or what is required. So I'd like to provide a brief overview of your Board at work. First, the Board maintains active involvement in the governance of the Academy including strategic planning and stewardship and oversight of the Academy's finances. Second, we measure the performance of our many initiatives against a set of metrics associated with our strategic plan. Third, we engage with our Fellows in the policy work of the Academy. This involves our 24 Expert Panels, Academy Initiatives, and our committee structure. Board members serve as liaisons to active Expert Panels along with a staff liaison. Their responsibility is to work with the Expert Panels as they develop their work plans, policy statements and briefs. Board members also serve as liaisons with our Academy's core initiatives (Have You Ever Served?, Institute for Nursing Leadership, Raise the Voice and others). Board members also serve as liaisons with our key committees such as Fellow Selection Committee, Nominating Committee, Conference Planning Committee, Finance and Audit Committees and others. The Board and Executive Committee meets monthly by conference call and in person three times a year. And finally, Board members along with our fellows and staff often represent the Academy at a variety of meetings, conferences, and committees.

Board members are busy as you can see! It is a major commitment to serve the Academy and its Fellows. For me personally, it is some of the most interesting work I have done. The pathway to the Board is often though service on our many committees and Expert Panels. I would love to hear from Fellows who are interested in serving in any capacity within the Academy. 


Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN 

Policy Updates
The Academy was pleased to join other organizations in co-signing a letter to Congressional leadership urging the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) receive an appropriation of $302 million in the FY 2017 budget, an increase of $21 million over the FY 2016 level and the president's budget request.  The NIMHD work aims to document the root causes of health disparities, to identify effective interventions to decrease those disparities, and to train a diverse research workforce.
Fellow Appointments: Institute for Nursing Leadership

Congratulations to Carol Boswell, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, for her appointment to the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council by Governor Greg Abbott. The appointment term runs from August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2021. Dr. Boswell is a professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She was inducted into the Academy in 2015.

Two Weeks Left! Leadership Position Nominations

2016 Nominations

Academy Policy Conference

Save the date! The 2016 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference will be held October 20 - 22, 2016 at the Marriot Marquis Washington, DC. We look forward to seeing you there.

2016 - 2017 IOM Nurse Scholar

The Academy is now accepting applications for the 2016 - 2017 Distinguished IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence Program sponsored by AAN/ANF/ANA. Applications are due by April 15, 2016

Please visit our website for more information on the criteria and application process. 

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

Apply Today! 15th Anniversary Council/Partners Nurse Scientist Research Grant

In recognition of the achievements of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science in advancing nursing science, a special research grant is being offered for nurse scientists who have completed their PhD but who have not yet received a NIH RO1 or comparable research award. The 15th Anniversary grant of $15,000 is made possible through the contributions of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and its organizational partners (ANF, ENRS, MNRS, SNRS, STTI, and WIN). The online application is now available at www.nursingscience.org/awards-grants

All applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on June 1st, 2016.

National Quality Forum Call for Nominations

The Call for Nominations for NQF's Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) 2016-2017 pre-rulemaking cycle is open through April 15, 2016 at 6:00pm ET.

NQF is currently seeking nominations for organizations and individual subject matter experts for the MAP Coordinating Committee and four advisory workgroups:

  • Coordinating Committee
  • Clinician Workgroup
  • Hospital Workgroup
  • Post-Acute Care/Long-Term Care Workgroup
  • Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Workgroup

For more information and requirements, view the Call for Nominations (PDF) available on the MAP webpage. All nominations must be submitted via the nomination submission form.

When you apply, inform Kaylen Hickman (Kaylen_Hickman@AANnet.org) so that the Academy may write a letter of support.

HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Call for Nominations

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion seeks nominations for membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Nominations must be received by 6 p.m. ET on Monday, April 18, 2016.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun planning for Healthy People 2030, scheduled for release in 2020. The Healthy People initiative establishes disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the Nation.

Learn more

When you apply, inform Kaylen Hickman (Kaylen_Hickman@AANnet.org) so that the Academy may write a letter of support.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership/Funding Opportunity

In an effort to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has launched a call for applications for four national change leadership programs, open through April 19, 2016.

Participants will receive funding through stipends and grants. The four national change leadership programs are:

  • Clinical Scholars
  • Health Policy Research Scholars
  • Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
  • Culture of Health Leaders

Learn more

When you apply, inform Kaylen Hickman (Kaylen_Hickman@AANnet.org) so that the Academy may write a letter of support.

In Memoriam

Lillian BrunnerLillian Brunner, MSN, RN, FAAN, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. She was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy in 1979 and was named a Living Legend in 2002. 

Dr. Brunner is best known as the as Editor of the traditional surgical nursing text, Textbook of Medical and Surgical Nursing and the Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice. She was a member of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Board of Overseers from 1982 to 1988 and served as an Emeritus Overseer starting in 1999. In 1985, she received an honorary doctorate from Penn and helped establish the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, serving as the Chair of the Center's Advisory Board for the next ten years. In 1994, she received the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania, the University's highest honor. Dr. Brunner's legacy also includes the Mathias J. Brunner Instructional Technology Center, which she established in honor of her late husband in 2000, and the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Chair in Medical-Surgical Nursing established to support Penn Nursing faculty in 2001.

Ida SpruillIda Johnson Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW, FAAN, passed away on March 16, 2016. She was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy in 2010.

Dr. Spruill was an Associate Professor Emerita in the College of Nursing at The Medical University of South Carolina. She was an active participant of the Genetics Expert Panel and in the Internation Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). Professionally, Dr. Spruill was a former National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Board Member and founding president of the Tri-County BNA (Charleston, SC). In her pursuit to improve the health of persons with diabetes, Dr. Spruill spearheaded Project Sugar, a diabetes study, that brought to the forefront the investigation of genetics in the Gullah population of South Carolina. As Principal Investigator of the NINR grant examining the Ethno-Cultural barriers to health literacy of diabetes in African Americans, Dr. Spruill continued to build on work that remained near and dear to her heart and the population she served. She created the first Diabetes Institute at the Annual NBNA Conference that continues to this day. She also initiated the first genetic knowledge survey of African American nurses conducted at NBNA and published this first work that served as the grounding for the Annual Genetic Workshop at NBNA.

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Your gift, at a level that is meaningful to you, is truly appreciated and is a critical investment in the future of nursing policy. The Academy is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your financial gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. With a donation of $1,000 or more, you become a member of the exclusive President's Circle. Members of the President's Circle are invited to an exclusive reception hosted by the Academy President during the annual policy conference. 

Fellow Achievements

Jean LangeJean Lange, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation Advisory Board. Dr. Lange is the founding dean and professor of the Quinnipiac University School of Nursing. Established in 1991, the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation provides grants to undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the United States who are faced with unexpected financial emergencies that put their education at risk. It also provides educational opportunities and medical care for those who are unable to afford them. Dr. Lange was inducted into the Academy in 2010.

Terry LennieTerry Lennie, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, has been selected for induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Researcher Hall of Fame. He is being recognized for his significant research and sustained national and international impact to advance cardiovascular health and wellness. Dr. Lennie joins a very select and distinguished group of nurse scientists throughout the world. He is a Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Faculty Affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Dr. Lennie was inducted into the Academy in 2009.

Lisa LowLisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, will become the President of the American College of Nurse Midwives at their Annual Meeting on May 26th. She served as the President-Elect in 2015. She is the Associate Dean Practice and Professional Graduate Programs and Associate Professor School of Nursing and Women's Studies Program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Kane Low  was inducted into the Academy in 2014.

Janice PenrodJance Penrod, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, recently received the 2015 ELNEC Award from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium. Dr. Penrod is also the lead on a project for which the College of Nursing recently received a $250,000 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The project is titled "Establishing Community-Based Research Networks." She is a Professor of Nursing at the Penn State College of Nursing. Dr. Penrod was inducted into the Academy in 2011.

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