Recognized for their clinical and research excellence, two University of Florida College of Nursing faculty members will be recognized as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Rene Love, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, associate dean for academic affairs – graduate clinical education, and Laurie Duckworth, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, clinical associate professor, will join 250 renowned nurse leaders in the class of 2022. They will be formally celebrated for their significant contributions to health care at the academy’s October Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
“At a time when investments in, and policy to address, health equity, innovation and access are paramount, the academy is thrilled to welcome these dynamic and courageous nurse leaders who will support our collective vision of healthy lives for all people,” said American Academy of Nursing President Kenneth White, PhD, RN, AGACNP, ACHPN, FACHE, FAAN.
Fellows were selected based on their significant accomplishments within the nursing profession, as well as the influence their career has had on health policy at the international, state or local levels. Newly inducted fellows also have a responsibility to collaborate with health leaders outside the academy as part of an effort to transform the national health system by enhancing the quality of nursing care, promoting healthy aging and reducing health disparities, among other initiatives.
The American Academy of Nursing’s approximately 2,900 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. The 2022 class of academy fellows represent 35 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 17 countries — this year’s induction will also mark the largest cohort honored to date.