American Academy of Nursing Launches Institute for Nursing Leadership | Pfizer Inc. Grant Matched by Academy’s Fellows

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The American Academy of Nursing today announced the launch of the Institute for Nursing Leadership, made possible in part by Pfizer Inc.’s $50,000 contribution that was matched by Academy fellows. The Institute houses the Academy’s work to place more nurses on governing boards, commissions and task forces, and will be led by a National Advisory Council, comprised of forward-thinking leaders.

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“Nurses have a unique perspective within our health systems that should be more pervasively channeled to advance policies and regulations that will further support public health,” said Pfizer Senior Director, Paula R. DeCola, MSc, RN.

The American Academy of Nursing today announced the launch of the Institute for Nursing Leadership. The Institute houses the Academy’s work to place more nurses on governing boards, commissions and task forces with an emphasis on federal and gubernatorial appointments and governing boards of national organizations aligned with the Academy’s strategic plan.

The creation of the Institute for Nursing Leadership was made possible in part by Pfizer Inc.’s $50,000 contribution that was matched by the Academy fellows.

“We are pleased to support the Institute for Nursing Leadership. Nurses have a unique perspective within our health systems that should be more pervasively channeled to advance policies and regulations that will further support public health. An imperative exists for nurses to be more fully integrated into forums where these impactful discussions are taking place,” said Pfizer Senior Director, Paula R. DeCola, MSc, RN.

“The Institute for Nursing Leadership will serve as a springboard for nurses to drive positive change in health care and health policy,” said Academy President, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. “In addition to increasing nursing appointments, the Institute will also seek to fill the gaps in development by connecting qualified nurses with opportunities to prepare them for leadership.”

The Academy’s Institute will increase nurse appointments to national and select state governing boards of health-related entities, councils, commissions and task forces; prepare Academy fellows and emerging nurse leaders for such appointments; and evaluate the impact and value of nurse appointments on the work of the decision-making bodies on which they serve.

The Institute will be led by a National Advisory Council, comprised of forward-thinking leaders. The members of the National Advisory Council include:

  •     Angela McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, Distinguished Professor & University Dean Emerita, Indiana University (Chair)
  •     Stephanie Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, ICN Leadership For Change Programme Consultant, Nursing & Health Policy, ICN (Co-Chair)
  •     Sheila Burke, MPA, RN, FAAN, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard University
  •     Darlene Curley, MS, RN, Executive Director, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
  •     Paula R. DeCola, RN, MSC, Director, External Medicine Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.
  •     Patrick DeLeon, PhD, JD, MPH
  •     Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor ad Honorem, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  •     Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Chairperson, Lehman College Department of Nursing
  •     Catherine Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing
  •     Jan Heinrich, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA
  •     Randy Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Baccalaureate Programs, Associate Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  •     Ramon Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, Senior Director, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  •     Christopher Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
  •     Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Institute, AARP
  •     Cory Rieder, EdD, Executive Director and Treasurer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
  •      Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  •     Rita Wray, MBA, RNC, FAAN, CEO, W.E. Inc
  •     Colleen Conway Welch, PhD, CNM, RN, FAAN, FACNM, Dean Emeritus, Vanderbilt University School Of Nursing

The Institute for Nursing Leadership is part of the Academy’s effort as a founding member of the newly formed Nurses on Boards Coalition to reach the goal of placing 10,000 nurses on boards, commissions and task forces by 2020.

The Institute for Nursing Leadership aligns with the Institute of Medicine’s report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” and its recommendation on increasing nurse appointments to decision-making bodies related to health care. Currently, many Academy fellows hold positions within federal commissions, health system boards, and other health related governing entities at national, federal, state and local levels. A list of fellows appointed or elected to leadership positions can be found here.

To make a personal or corporate contribution to the fund, please visit the Academy’s Make a Gift web page or mail to: 1000 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20005.

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The American Academy of Nursing (http://www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

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