Academy Announces 2021 Class of New Fellows

 In Nurses Weekly

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) announced today that it has selected 225 distinguished nurse leaders to be inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place on October 7-9, 2021. This year’s conference and induction ceremony will be offered in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to participate either in-person (at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC) or virtually.

“I am thrilled to welcome another exceptional class of Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing during a momentous time of change and progress in our collective efforts to fulfill the organization’s vision of healthy lives for all people,” said Academy President Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The Academy aims to improve health and achieve health equity through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The Academy’s Fellows embody our values of equity, diversity and inclusivity, inquiry, integrity, and courage, which enable us to achieve new heights of impact that advance health policy across the globe. Congratulations to this dynamic cohort of leaders who bring diverse experience and expertise to the Fellowship.”

The newest Fellows represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 17 countries. In welcoming these Fellows, the Academy will be comprised of more than 2,900 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia who champion health and wellness, locally and globally.

Through a competitive, rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee, which is comprised of current Fellows, reviewed hundreds of applications to select the 2021 Fellows based on their contributions to advance the public’s health. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession.

The Academy is thrilled to host a hybrid induction ceremony, allowing for maximum attendance through an inclusive format where colleagues, friends, and family members who may not be able to attend the event in person are able to participate. This year’s induction ceremony, which will feature personalized video vignettes and live streaming of each inductee, will be a special way to recognize the new Fellows as the global pandemic continues to challenge traditional methods of celebration.


2021 Academy Fellows

New Jersey

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN – Camden City School District

Caroline Dorsen, PhD, FNP-BC – Rutgers University

Carolyn Hayes, PhD, RN, NEA-BC – Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey/RWJBarnabas Health

Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC – Columbia University, Hackensack Meridian Health

Olga Jarrín Montaner, PhD, RN – Rutgers University

Maureen A. Madden, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN, FCCM – Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Larider Ruffin, DNP, APN, RN, ANP-BC, AGNP-C, CRNP, CTTS – Stockton University


Click here to see the list of all of the newest fellows.

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