Professor Teresa Ward and four alumnae to be inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

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Dr. Teresa Ward and four UW Nursing alumnae inducted as Fellows into American Academy of Nursing

Seattle, Wash – November 2, 2018  The University of Washington School of Nursing announced that the American Academy of Nursing will induct Professor Teresa Ward, RN, PhD, as a fellow on November  during a ceremony  in Washington D.C.

“Teresa is an outstanding faculty member and has been instrumental in translating science to change policy. Her research findings and presentations influenced Seattle policy makers to change school start times for middle and high school students by one hour, impacting the sleep of 50,000 adolescents. And now, school districts nationwide are considering similar actions. Her work in sleep has influenced primary and specialty care practices nationally.” stated Azita Emami, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.T., R.N., F.A.A.N., executive dean and the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Dean, of the UW School of Nursing.

The American Academy of Nursing’s approximately 2,400 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; elected officials; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.

In addition to Ward, four alumnae of the UW School of Nursing will be inducted as fellows, including:

  • Janice F. Bell, PhD, MN, MPH – Associate Dean for Research at University of California, Davis
  • Robin Fleming, PhD, RN – Health Policy Fellow, National Academy of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Barbara St. Pierre Schneider, PhD, RN – Research Professor of Nursing at University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Sui-Whi Jane, PhD, RN – Nurse Research, Department of Nursing at Chang Gung University of Science and Technology

Invitation to fellowship is more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America’s health system by

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing;
  • Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum;
  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities;
  • Shaping healthy behaviors and environments;
  • Integrating mental and physical health; and
  • Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally, and internationally.

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