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American Academy of Nursing Inducts Nine from Emory School of Nursing into 2020 Class of New Fellows

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J. Michael Moore
Dir. of Communications

The American Academy of Nursing has selected 230 distinguished nurse leaders to join the 2020 Class of Academy Fellows, nine of whom come from the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The new fellows are invited to join the fellowship based on their significant contributions to enhancing the quality of health and nursing, reducing health disparities and inequalities, and strengthening the nursing and health delivery system.

The 2020 Class of Academy Fellows represents 39 states as well as 13 countries. Nine selected Fellows currently attend or are an alumnus of the School of Nursing, including:        

  • Brenda Baker, PhD, RNC, CNS – Emory University
  • Susan Brasher, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN – Emory University
  • Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA – Emory University
  • Erin Ferranti, PhD, MPH, RN, CDCES, FAHA, FPCNA – Emory University
  • Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC – Emory University
  • Ursula Kelly, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP – Emory University
  • Victoria Pak, PhD, RN, MTR, MS – Emory University
  • Samuel Shartar, MSN, RN, CEN, GA-PCEM – Emory University
  • Weihua Zhang, PhD – Emory University

The Academy is currently comprised of more than 2,700 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally. The inductees will be recognized for their contributions at the Academy’s annual Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, taking place virtually October 29-31, 2020.

A significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, induction into the Academy is earned after a competitive, rigorous application process. The 2020 Class of Fellows will be honored by their colleagues within the profession for their commitment to the Academy and to transforming health systems across the world.

The virtual induction ceremony will be held publicly, allowing colleagues, friends and family members to attend the event. This year’s induction ceremony, which will feature personalized video vignettes of each inductee, will be a special way to recognize the new Fellows in a year where the global pandemic challenges traditional ways of celebration.

Learn more about the American Academy of Nursing, an organization serving the public by advancing health policy and practice, and visit the virtual policy conference website for more details. To learn more about the programs offered through the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, visit our website.

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