American Academy of Nursing Announces 2015 Honorary Fellows

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The American Academy of Nursing today announced three individuals it will designate as Honorary Fellows during its annual policy on Saturday, October 17.

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The American Academy of Nursing today announced three individuals it will designate as Honorary Fellows during its annual policy conference on Saturday, October 17.

"These individuals have been leaders in promoting the health of people and improving health care in ways that value the important contributions that nurses make to achieve these goals. We are delighted to welcome them into the Academy as Honorary Fellows," said Academy President, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. "The Academy looks forward to working with them as we continue to shape and transform health policy."

The American Academy of Nursing is composed of the most accomplished nurse leaders in education, management and research, and readily acknowledges improving health care quality and delivery requires the teamwork of extraordinary individuals outside of the nursing profession.

To honor the contributions of such extraordinary individuals, who are ineligible for regular fellowship, the Academy has created the designation of Honorary Fellow.

The Academy is pleased to announce three Honorary Fellows for 2015:

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, an applied research sociologist, is professor in the Department of Community Public Health, School of Nursing with joint appointments in Department of Psychiatry and Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, testing and implementing novel nonpharmacologic interventions to improve the quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers and daily functioning in older adults with functional disability. Many of these interventions involve interprofessional teams of nurses, occupational therapists or social workers.

John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH, is the senior vice president and the director, targeted teams, at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. After earning his MPH in 1985, he began caring for the more than 12 million people of Illinois as the first African-American director of the state public health agency with more than 1,300 employees in seven regional offices, three laboratories, and locations in Springfield and Chicago. He led improvements to programs dealing with women's and men's health, information and technology, emergency and bioterrorism preparedness, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, local health department coverage, and the state's laboratory services.

Kenneth I. Shine, MD, is a cardiologist and physiologist, and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1961. In 2003, he was named Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs in the University of Texas System with responsibility for six health Campuses. He brought a focus on quality of care to the State, spearheading a project called “CODE RED, the critical condition of Health in Texas," a statewide call to action to improve access to care, streamline medical education and increase the number of nurses and physicians. He actively supported efforts to expand the role of nurses in care and the development of the DNP degree. He also laid the ground work for two new Medical Schools in Austin and South Texas.

These Honorary Fellows will be inducted at a ceremony during the Academy's annual conference on Saturday, October 17, 2015, in Washington, DC. The induction ceremony for these Honorary Fellows, as well as the new 2015 class of fellows, is considered the pinnacle of the American Academy of Nursing’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference. For more information on the conference, visit

To become an Honorary Fellow, an individual must be sponsored by three Academy fellows and demonstrate their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care. The Academy’s board of directors selects only a few from many applicants to become inducted as an Honorary Fellow each year.

About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing ( 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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