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Emory School of Nursing professor to be inducted into Academy of Nursing Education
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Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing professor and administrator Beth Ann Swan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is among 23 nurse educators nationwide who have been selected for induction into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education.

Part of the National League for Nursing (NLN) the Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing individuals who have contributed to the profession in sustained and significant ways. Only 379 nurse educators have received the honor, which reflects accomplishments in teaching, mentorship, scholarship, public policy, administration, and practice partnership. As fellows, they provide visionary leadership to the profession and the academy.

“This cohort of Academy of Nursing Education fellows, like the classes before them, reflect the extraordinary leadership, fortitude, creativity and compassion required to tackle the enormous challenges facing today’s health care and higher educational environments,” says NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF. “They have demonstrated important success in preparing and motivating students to increase access and inclusion in delivering outstanding, culturally humble health care.”

Swan is associate dean and vice president for academic practice partnerships, interim associate dean for education, and the Charles P. and Peggy Evans Endowed Distinguished Professor in Simulation and Innovation at the School of Nursing. She is also co-director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education and Clinical Practice Office at Emory University.

Known for her research in health care and nursing, Swan was an early leader in exploring the impact of changing health care delivery models on care outcomes. Her latest research leverages technology and big data to improve care coordination and transitions. She also works in the simulation space, building an interprofessional collaborative education model that uses virtual reality to achieve interprofessional and social determinants of health competencies during care transitions.

Swan leads the Atlanta Region Community Health Workforce Advancement (ARCHWAy) Program, a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded project to expand the public health workforce by training new and existing community health workers. The developer of a national curriculum on care coordination and transition management, she also co-edited the books “Perspectives in Ambulatory Care Nursing” and “Integrating a Social Determinants of Health Framework into Nursing Education.” 

The National League for Nursing will induct Swan and other honorees at the NLN Education Summit on Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C.

About the School of Nursing

As one of the nation's top nursing schools, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is committed to educating visionary nurse leaders and scholars. Home to the No. 1 master's, No. 2 BSN, and No. 6 DNP programs in the nation, the school has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The school offers undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and non-degree programs, bringing together cutting-edge resources, distinguished faculty, top clinical experiences, and access to leading health care partners to shape the future of nursing and impact our world's health and well-being. Learn more at

About the National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its nearly 45,000 individual and 1,000 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at

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