- Diversity and Inclusivity
- Interdisciplinary & Evidence-Based Approaches to Policy
- Health as a Basic Human Right
Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, New York University
Kenneth R. White, PhD, AGACNP-BC, FACHE, FAAN, President-Elect, University of Virginia
Mary E. Foley, PhD, RN, FAAN, Secretary (Through October 2020), University of California San Francisco
Karen Drenkard, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, Secretary (Starting October 2020; Board Member January-October 2020), The George Washington University
Kathleen Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN, Treasurer, Children’s National Health System
Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN, University of California Irvine Health
Angela F. Amar, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, (Started October 2020), University of Nevada Las Vegas
Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Virginia Commonwealth University
Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, University of Kansas
Mary Magee Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN, Emory Healthcare
Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, The George Washington University
The Academy has 202 Fellows from the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
COVID-19 Policy Priorities
Protect our most vulnerable populations.
Support nurses and healthcare providers.
Increase access, speed, and accuracy of testing.
Fellows on the Frontlines of the Pandemic
In March 2020, the Academy launched a new email communication, COVID Digest, to share Academy actions, stakeholder news, and federal updates relating to the pandemic. We also featured the efforts our Fellows made to increase equitable access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and care; inform their communities and the public on the virus; create innovative solutions in a novel pandemic; and further the science of the nursing profession.
COVID-19 Courage Awards
The COVID-19 Courage Awards, made possible through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), honored the incredible contributions four nurses made to save lives, advance health equity, and protect communities during the pandemic in the categories of innovation, leadership, policy, and science.
International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife
Statement: Racism Affects Health and Wellness and It Must Be Addressed (June 1, 2020)— The Academy reinforces our firm commitment to reducing health inequities and eradicating disparities. As a profession, nurses heal through science, evidence, and compassion. We must not only work to eliminate systemic and institutional racism, personal racism, and unconscious bias, but we must also work to increase the diversity within our own profession and not succumb to the institutional structures and processes that can block openness and prevent change.
Joint Statement: American Academy of Nursing and the American Nurses Association Call for Social Justice to Address Racism and Health Equity in Communities of Color (August 4, 2020)— For far too long, communities of color have been disproportionally suffering as a result of persistent inequities and biases that exist in society. The current unrest worldwide in response to unjust killings of Black and Brown people as well as higher rates of COVID-19 within these communities, has emphasized more clearly the need for social justice reform that addresses racism and realigns structures to enable the attainment of better health regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, social group, or geography. The nursing profession, as leaders of compassionate care, upholds the highest commitment to achieving health equity and combating discriminatory actions.
State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
The 2020 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, held virtually on September 17-18, 2020, focused on the impact of the environment on health and nurse scientists’ contributions to this expanding field with the theme, The Environment’s Impact on Health.
The 2020 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research increased participants’ knowledge of the different ways individuals’ and families’ health and well-being can be influenced or changed by their environment, from the impact of climate change to the implications the environments that we live in have on our daily life, and examines the global, national and local effects of environment on the determinants of health.
The NUNMC Project sought to shift the paradigm for the provision of healthcare services by taking the interprofessional healthcare team directly to the community to deliver primary care services onsite at designated locations throughout underserved neighborhoods in south Los Angeles County, at no cost to the patients served. This novel approach is in direct contrast to the existing healthcare system, which expects patients to travel to the healthcare facility and to have the finances to pay for the services rendered. The NUNMC team has been providing comprehensive primary care services and monitoring trending healthcare outcomes since 2016.
Critical Conversation on Racism and Health Equity
Offered in partnership with the American Academy of Nursing’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
This critical conversation provided participants with insights and reflections that can be translated into actionable strategies that promote health equity and racial justice within their community through authentic nursing leadership.
The 2020 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, held virtually October 29-31, 2020, titled In Crisis and Calm: Leading with Purpose, featured timely discussions from nurse leaders. This conference provided participants with knowledge and insights that can be translated into innovative, creative, and sustainable change in the individual, team, and organizational environments for policy impact.
LINDA HARMAN AIKEN, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN
BOBBIE BERKOWITZ, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
KATHLEEN (KITTY) BUCKWALTER, PhD, RN, FAAN
BEVERLY MALONE, PhD, RN, FAAN
MARILYN RANTZ, PhD, RN, FAAN
LORD NIGEL CRISP
KAREN DONELAN, ScD, EdM
ANTHONY FAUCI, MD
AHRIN MISHAN, MPA, MAVA
Advance Health Equity & Champion Wellness
The Academy advances policies that closely consider the social determinants of health. Where individuals were born, live, work, attend school, or travel, all impact their wellness. Moreover, the need grows to reduce the impact of violence, toxic stress, and other environmental factors, on the individual, the family, and the community. The Academy believes to truly improve health, policies must expand access to quality care through innovative approaches, aimed at eliminating health disparities. To safeguard our future, the Academy champions the wellness and safety of not only children and vulnerable populations, but of every individual in any location during all health stages.
Promote Innovation & Sustainability
The Academy advances policies that adopt modernizations which are sustainable and effective over time. This includes technologies, treatments, and models of care. Policies that recognize providers for their expertise, education, and clinical training amplify patient choice. Competition in the healthcare provider market increases access and reduces cost while improving quality. Moreover, innovation in the health care industry, as well as emerging practices, must be tested and advanced for heightened impact and outcomes. This includes necessary investments in research and scientific careers.
Reduce Patient, Provider, & System Burden
The Academy advances policies that provide patients, providers, and systems, the ability to give and receive optimal care. This requires efforts to reduce regulatory burden on daily practice while balancing patient privacy protections. In order to achieve the goal of placing the patient at the center of care delivery, policies must equally support providers and systems.
Jonas Policy Scholars
The Academy continues its partnership with the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare in the form of its Jonas Policy Scholars Program. The current cohort has presented thought-provoking Peer-to-Peer on Policy webinars, received mentorship by highly recognized policy leaders within the National Policy Mentoring Council, and attended a virtual policy immersion program.
The 2020 Scholar, Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN, is a tenured Associate Professor at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing and the Interim Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at GWU. She also continues to practice as a neonatal nurse practitioner with Mednax. As a neonatal nurse practitioner and researcher, she has incorporated a neonatology, infant health, and developmental pediatrics lens throughout her career to promote optimal outcomes for infants and children.
EXPERT PANEL LEADERSHIP (Through October 2020)
ACUTE & CRITICAL CARE
- Chair: Judy Verger, PhD, CRNP, CRNP-AC, FCCM, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Lola Coke, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN-BC, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN
- Chair: Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, RN, CRNP-BC, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
- Chair: Deborah Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Elizabeth Peter, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Chair: Elizabeth Reifsnider, PhD, WHNP, FAANP, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Joann Silbert-Flagg, DNP, CRNP, IBCLC, FAAN
BUILDING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EXCELLENCE
- Chair: Kimberly S. Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Maureen McCausland, DNSc, RN, FAAN
CHILD, ADOLESCENT & FAMILY HEALTH
- Chair: Julia Snethen, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN
CULTURAL COMPETENCE & HEALTH EQUITY
- Chair: Cathy Meade, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN, FAAN
EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
- Chair: Jeanne Pfeiffer, DNP, MPH, RN, CIC, FAPIC, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN, FAAN
ENVIRONMENTAL & PUBLIC HEALTH
- Chair: Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN
GENOMIC NURSING & HEALTH CARE
- Chair: Wendy Henderson, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Joachim Voss, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN
GLOBAL NURSING & HEALTH
- Chair: Allison P. Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Karen Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-C, FAANP, FAAN
- Chair: Sharon J. Tucker, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Theresa Beckie, PhD, MN, RN, FAHA, FAAN
HISTORY OF NURSING & HEALTH POLICY
- Chair: PJ Haylock, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Katheren Koehn, MA, RN, FAAN
INFORMATICS & TECHNOLOGY
- Chair: Mollie Cummins, PhD, RN, FACMI, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Rosemary Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
- Chair: J. Craig Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Sheldon Fields, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
MATERNAL & INFANT HEALTH
- Chair: M. Cynthia Logsdon, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Seonae Yeo, RNC, PhD, FAAN
MILITARY & VETERANS HEALTH
- Chair: Kelly Wolgast, DNP, RN, FACHE, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Alicia Rossiter, DNP, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
NURSING THEORY-GUIDED PRACTICE
- Chair: Jane M. Flanagan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, ANP-BC, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN
PALLIATIVE & END OF LIFE CARE
- Chair: Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Chair: Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Phyllis A. Solari-Twadell, PhD, RN, MPA, FAAN
PSYCHIATRIC, MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE
- Chair: Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Elizabeth Bonham, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
QUALITY HEALTH CARE
- Chair: Eileen T. Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: AkkeNeel Talsma, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Chair: Marie Ann Marino, EdD, RN, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Annie Lewis O’Connor, NP-BC, MPH, PhD, FAAN
- Chair: Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP, FAAN
- Vice Chair: Elizabeth A. Kostas-Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
From 2019 to 2020, email communications sent by the Academy almost tripled — 186 in 2020 vs 68 in 2019. At the same time, the average open rate for emails sent by the Academy increased to 39.4% — the industry average is 25.5%.
Excellence in Education (tie)
A Model to Evaluate Data Science in Nursing Doctoral Curricula, Kimberly D. Shea, PhD, RN, Barbara B. Brewer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jane M. Carrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, Mary Davis, PhD, RN, Sheila Gephart, PhD, RN, FAAN, Anne Rosenfeld, PhD, RN, FAAN
Excellence in Practice
Ethical Principles and Guidelines of Global Health Nursing Practice, Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jackline Mayaka, MSN, RN
Excellence in Research
Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research in Nursing, Kasey B. Jackman, PhD, Jordon D. Bosse, MS, Michele J. Eliason, PhD, Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS
Gifts to the Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund and the Academy’s restricted funds support the organization by bolstering our national impact. The Academy is able to meet its vision of transforming health policy and practice through nursing knowledge and leadership through each Fellow’s generosity of time and philanthropic donations. These gifts ensure that the collective voice of the Academy is represented during key policy conversations and helps to advance our mission.
The Academy recognizes and sincerely thanks the following donors who made gifts in 2020.
Please note that donors have the option to provide an unrestricted and/or restricted contribution. If a donor opted to provide a gift for a specific restricted fund to support one of the Academy’s initiatives – the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Edge Runners, Institute for Nursing Leadership, and/or the NAM Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence – it is indicated next to the donor’s name to demonstrate their support. (See legend below.) Amounts reflect the cumulative contribution by a donor over the specified giving period and if the donor designated the gift (partial or full) towards a restricted fund. The American Academy of Nursing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer
Caroline Kane, MS, Chief Advancement Officer
Christine Murphy, MA, Senior Director of Policy
Elena Romick, Senior Events Manager
Rachael James, BSN, Science and Program Manager
Ellie Cook, Strategic Outreach Manager
Claire Holland, Member Engagement Coordinator
Austin Hunte, Program Coordinator
Tawanna Barnes, Accounting and Office Assistant
Sonya Desai, Policy Assistant