The American Academy of Nursing names CMSA Executive Director Kathleen Fraser RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CCM, CRRN as a New Fellow

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CMSA Executive Director Kathleen Fraser inducted in 2019 American Academy of Nursing class of Academy Fellows

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The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) is proud to announce Executive Director, Kathleen Fraser RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CCM, CRRN has been named as an inductee in the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) 2019 class of Academy Fellows. On June 18, 2019 AAN announced the class of 231 highly distinguished nurse leaders chosen for the 2019 class.

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 researchers and entrepreneurs.

An 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.

Through a competitive and rigorous process, a committee of elected Fellows review a massive number of applications. The new Fellows are selected based on their impressive contributions to increase access, reduce cost, and improve quality through nursing theory, practice, and science. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career where their accomplishments are honored by those within the nursing discipline.

Kathy has been a nurse for 41 years having worked in the Emergency Room and Labor & Delivery and also as a Director of Nursing. She entered Case Management nearly 27 years ago, creating the first Case Management Department for a large national healthcare system.

Kathy says she got into case management because she wanted to be involved in all aspects of a patient’s care. Kathy believes that working with patients from start to finish makes a true difference in outcomes. Her case management philosophy was recognized when she was selected by Seak, Inc. and the National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine”. She was the only nurse chosen.

In addition to serving as CMSA’s National Executive Director, she is also past CMSA National President, has served on the Role Delineation and Expert Panel Committees of the ANCC Council for Case Management, serves on URAC’s advisory board, a national and international speaker on Case Management topics including Ethics and the Opioid Crisis, the author of the CMSA Case Management Medication Adherence Guidelines for COPD and the new book CMSA’s Integrated Case Management Manual for Case Managers by Case Managers. Kathleen is also the Owner/CEO/President of Fraser Imagineers Association Management Company, the company that manages CMSA.

In her own words Kathy stated the following about her award; “I am truly humbled and honored to have been chosen as a fellow with the American Academy of Nursing. Nursing to me has always been more that a job or even a profession. It has been a part of my heart and soul and a privilege to serve as a patient advocate. I want to thank the Academy for this honor and I will work hard to bring value to the organization and to nursing even further.”

“Kathy Fraser is an exceptional leader who tirelessly advocates for professional case managers across the country and internationally as well. Her significant contributions have truly made a difference in the lives of others and has elevated professional case management practice. Inductee as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow is recognition of her service leadership and the impact Kathy continues to have on nursing practice. On behalf of CMSA, I want Kathy to know that we are so proud of her accomplishments and we would like to congratulate and celebrate Kathy’s induction.” Jose Alejandro, CMSA President.

Kathy and the other inductees will be honored at a ceremony during the Academy’s annual policy conference on October 24-26, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

About the Case Management Society of America (CMSA):

Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is the leading non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management. CMSA serves more than 30,000 members, subscribers and participants, and 85 chapters worldwide, through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and established standards to advance the profession. For more information, visit or follow CMSA on Twitter @CMSANational.

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