Honorary Fellow Selection Process


The Academy recognizes a small group of individuals as Honorary Fellows, to celebrate their extraordinary contributions to nursing and healthcare. These invitations to fellowship are made to worthy applicants who would not qualify for membership as a Regular Fellow. Their privileges and responsibilities are detailed in the Academy Bylaws.


  1. An nominee for Honorary Fellow is not eligible for membership as a regular Fellow (i.e., not a nurse)*;
  2. They must be sponsored by three (3) Regular or Emeritus Fellows in good standing;
  3. The individual must consent to be nominated;
  4. Nominations must be submitted online by the deadline, May 10, 2021 ; and
  5. Nominations should address the following:
    1. Describe the extraordinary and sustained contribution(s) of the nominee to nursing and health care; and
    2. Provide evidence of the positive and ongoing impact of their work in influencing nursing and health care.

* The nominee must not be currently or previously licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Nomination Process

A complete nomination should contain:

  • Completed sponsor statements from THREE Fellows knowledgeable of the nominee’s extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and health throughout their career. Fellows may sponsor a total of two Fellows, in a combination of regular and/or Honorary Fellow candidates.
  • Material evidence of positive impact, such as publications. (two-item limit; no portfolios.)

How to Submit a Nomination:
The 2021 nomination form can be accessed here. Only one sponsor will be able to submit a nomination on behalf of all three sponsors. The submitting sponsor will need to compile the other sponsors' submission materials to complete the nomination form. Please contact Claire Holland, Member Engagement Coordinator, at cholland@aannet.org with any questions. Submissions are due May 10, 2021.

Important Information for Selected Honorary Fellows

Selected honorees agree to provide a biographical statement (500 words) and high-resolution electronic photo for inclusion in the induction ceremony and program.

Honorees will receive complimentary registration and be introduced during the Academy’s annual policy conference, currently slated for October 9, 2021.*

Honorary Fellows receive all benefits of Fellowship in the Academy but do not pay dues. These benefits include use of the FAAN credential and access to Academy communications as well as its official publication, Nursing Outlook.

*Policy Conference Format
Based on the guidelines set by the District of Columbia’s Department of Health and CDC, it remains possible that there could be an in-person hybrid model. Depending on the structure of the conference, we will work with honorees and sponsors as quickly as possible to adjust ceremony details. It is anticipated that this decision will be made in June/July 2021.

Evaluation Guidelines

Board members will be asked to score the nominee on two factors, rated 1-5:

  1. Demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and health care throughout their career;
  2. Clear evidence of the positive impact of their previously described work in influencing nursing and health care.

A nominee for Honorary Fellowship may be nominated again in succeeding years if not accepted.

Fellows may sponsor a total of two Fellows, in a combination of regular and/or Honorary Fellow candidates.

Email Claire Holland, Member Engagement Coordinator, at