Jun 26, 2017 12:00 AM
Only the best nurse leaders are reconized by the American Academy of Nursing.
And in October, Associate Professor Kathy Sward will be inducted as an AAN fellow, joining just 2,500 researchers, administrators and deans across the country who have received the honor. Just over 170 fellows were recognized this year--Sward is the only one from Utah.
Associate Dean for Research and the Ph.D. Program Mollie Cummins says Sward is "quietly revolutionizing clinical and translational research.
"She innovates the way we use information and information technology to condut research." Cummins said, noting Sward's leadership of the Utah PRISMS Center, a $5.5 million, National Institutes of Health-funded research project drawing in faculty from around campus to incorporate air sensor data in studies of pediatric asthma.
"It is a notable project in a long career of contributions to science and to the education of both scientists and informaticians," Cummins added.
The University of Utah College of Nursing currently has nine AAN fellows. Representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 29 countries, the 2,500 fellows are nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research.
“I am proud to welcome this talented cohort of nurses as they join the ranks of the nation's foremost health care thought leaders," said Academy President, Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.
"They bring a rich variety of expertise to the table, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to transform health policy, practice, and research by applying our collective nursing knowledge."
Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers.
Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.