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Nursing Faculty Tapped for Profession’s Highest Honor

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    Johis Ortega and Steve Alves

    Special to UM News

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 3, 2016) — Two School of Nursing and Health Studies faculty members, Johis Ortega and Steve Alves, were inducted last month as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, at the academy’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.  The academy comprises nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, and fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned nurse scientists worldwide.

    “I am delighted to welcome this superb cohort of talented clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators, and executives as they join the ranks of the nation’s leading nursing and health care thought leaders,” Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz said. “We look forward to … working with them to advance the academy’s mission of transforming health policy and practice by applying our collective nursing knowledge.”

    The academy’s highly selective criteria for the nursing profession’s highest honor include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the public’s well-being.

    “Selection for AAN fellowship is an amazing honor and a high point of my nursing career,” said Ortega, who was selected for his contributions to global nursing education capacity and workforce development, and for helping to develop the U.S. nurse practitioner role. “I look forward to the opportunity to join the academy’s distinguished fellows in advancing health policy and practice through the nursing profession.”

    Alves, who is recognized for his research on occupational stress and restrictive scope of practice in nurse anesthetists, said, “I am honored to have been selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; being recognized for my contributions by the academy is clearly one of the highest accomplishments in my career. It is my belief that nursing practice, education, and policy are interdependent and have shaped my role as a researcher, educator, and practitioner.”

    As new fellows, Ortega and Alves are now entitled to use the FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) credentials after their name.


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