NAM Scholar-in-Residence

National Academy of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in-Residence 

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM)’s Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program provides a year-long residential health policy opportunity in Washington, DC. The immersion experience supports the engagement of nurse leaders in a prominent role in health policy at the national level and facilitates their interaction with other health fellows and scholars. The American Academy of Nursing (Academy), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), in partnership with NAM, support this program. The program seeks individuals who have the capacity and skills to generate policy for issues of special interest and the ability to promote greater public understanding. Applicants with demonstrated success in promoting health equity are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Academy will be accepting applications through February 4, 2022. 


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and member of the American Nurses Association.
  • Alignment of scholarly or professional achievements with the health policy priorities of the National Academy of Medicine and sponsoring organizations.
  • Notable record of professional achievements that apply to Scholar’s proposed project area.
  • Significant potential for future contributions to health policy at any level of government.
  • Demonstrated commitment to interprofessional collaboration, equity, diversity, and inclusivity.


Applications for 2022-2023 NAM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence must be submitted electronically to the American Academy of Nursing via the online form. To complete and submit an online application, the applicant must submit the following information:

  1. A cover letter not to exceed two pages which should include the following:
    • Information that complements the CV about the applicant’s interdisciplinary experiences, policy interests, and ability to complete the project.
    • A statement of proposed full-time commitment to the program.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé not to exceed ten pages.
  3. A proposal (no more than five pages) describing how the applicant’s expertise and background dovetails with NAM initiatives, as well as Academy, ANA, or Foundation priorities.
  4. Letters of recommendation from two individuals who can comment on the applicant's previous achievements, interdisciplinary and policy experiences, and potential for future contributions to improving health equity.



Applications are due on February 4, 2022. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in early 2022. The final selection will be announced Spring 2022. The start of the one-year program will begin September 1, 2022 and run through August 31, 2023.

A review committee comprised of representatives from NAM and the three funding organizations (Academy, ANA, the Foundation) will review all applications. Top candidates will be invited for an in-person interview. Decisions will be based on application criteria, references, and the in-person interview.

Questions can be directed to Christine Murphy, Senior Director of Policy, at or Justin Cowling, Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator, at


  • A stipend of $95,000 (plus up to $10,000 for related travel/relocation expenses); this will be spread across a commitment of 12 months.
  • Provision of an office at NAM with appropriate supports (e.g., computer, phone, access to a printer, access to software programs and library resources).
  • An intensive two-month orientation in federal health policy formation coordinated by NAM.


  • Participation in NAM activities and work.
  • Support of NAM activities based on current and previous employment, personal research endeavors, and evidence from the literature or other such grey literature.
  • Completion of a self-initiated study that impacts policy designed and executed following the health policy phase of the scholar’s experience and aligns with current NAM priorities while addressing a relevant or national health/nursing priority.
  • A minimum of one policy-oriented paper in chosen area of study to be submitted for referring publication within six months of completion of program (i.e., as part of a NAM report or as an article in the Academy’s Nursing Outlook or ANA’s American Nurse Today journals).
  • Quarterly leadership meetings (two in-person, two via phone) with funding organizations as well as bi-monthly status reports.
  • Maintain confidentiality of the work, as appropriate.
  • Final report provided to the Academy, ANA, and the Foundation Boards of activities and accomplishments within 60 days of completion of program.

Q&A Webinar

Learn more about the program in this Q&A Webinar with 2020-2021 Nurse Scholar Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN, Director of Infant Research, Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, Associate Professor, George Washington University School of Nursing.

Nurse Scholars through the Years:

  • 2021 - Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN
  • 2020 - Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN
  • 2019 - Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2018 - Lori Trego, PhD, CNM, FAAN
  • 2017 - Tener Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN
  • 2015 - Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2014 - Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2013 - Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2012 - Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN
  • 2010 - Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  • 2009 - Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2008 - Mary E. Evans, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • 2007 - Carolyn Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2006 - Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2005 - Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2004 - Veronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2003 - Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2002 - Bonnie M. Jennings, DNSc, RN, FAAN
  • 1998 - Nancy Reame, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1997 - Sandra Ferketich PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1996 - Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • 1995 - Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN