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American Academy of Nursing Announces New Fellows

Seventeen nursing professionals with ties to Penn Nursing will be inducted as 2017 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Three are current Penn employees and alumnae; two being current faculty members; and one being a program director from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The additional 14 are Penn Nursing alumni.

All of the inductees will be honored at a ceremony during the AAN’s annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, taking place October 5-7, 2017 in Washington, DC. This year’s fellows are:

Penn Nursing Alumni

  • Jane Carrington, GNu’94
  • Linda Abramovitz, GNu’81
  • Judy Verger, GNu’86, GR’06
  • Valerie Cotter, GNu’83
  • Janice Palaganas, Nu’00, GNu’01
  • Joan Bloch, GNu’81, GR’04
  • Elizabeth-Scannell-Desch, GNu’80
  • Jamesetta Newland, GR’02
  • Deborah Raines, GNu’82
  • Anna Song Beeber, GNu’00, GR’05
  • Michele Balas, GNu’97, GR’05
  • Grant Martsolf, Nu’02, W’02
  • Ginette Ferszt, GNu’78
  • Donna Gage, GNu’85 

Fellow selection criteria includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current AAN fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.  Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. They represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 28 countries.