Two Penn Nursing faculty members have been named fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. They are Pamela Cacchione, PhD, APRN, GNP, BC and Kathy Burke, PhD, RN. They will be inducted and acknowledged at the AAN’s annual meeting on October 19, 2013 in Washington DC.
Dr. Cacchione, associate professor of geropsychiatric nursing, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. She is completing a NINR R01 that investigates the efficacy of a nursing intervention, Individualized-Sensory Enhancement of the Elderly, in improving vision and hearing in long-term care residents.
Dr. Kathy Burke, assistant dean for clinical nurse learning and innovation at Penn Nursing and director of nursing professional development and innovation at the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System, provides oversight of nursing education and innovation to all Penn healthcare partners. At Penn Nursing Dr. Burke forges new pathways to develop and implement nursing student and faculty interprofessional education, research, and practice innovations.
The American Academy of Nursing is the discipline’s premier national organization whose 1,500 fellows are expected to enhance the quality of health and nursing care, promote healthy aging and human development, reduce health disparities, shape healthy behaviors and environments, and strengthen nursing and healthcare delivery. There are currently 40 other Penn Nursing faculty members in the Academy, more than any other school of nursing.