Alumni named fellows in American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nursing

Ten Vanderbilt University School of Nursing alumni were inducted as fellows into two top professional nursing societies in 2020. Invitation to fellowship is one of the highest recognitions bestowed in the nursing profession.

Logo of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners plus gold emblem of the Fellows medalThe American Academy of Nurse Practitioners inducted Adele Caruso, DNP’17; Brooke Faught, DNP’18; Courtney Young Pitts, MSN’09, DNP’11; and Paula Tucker, DNP’14, in virtual ceremonies in June. In addition to being an alumna, Pitts is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and the academic director of its Family Nurse Practitioner specialty.

AANP fellows are nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. AANP fellows use the designation FAANP following their nursing credentials. AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NPs’ patients and other health care consumers.

The American Academy of Nursing selected six VUSN alumni in its 2020 class of fellows. Heather Carter-Templeton, PhD, MSN’20, Kim Kubler, DNP’11; Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD, MSN’96; Randolph “Randy” Rasch, PhD, MSN’79, FAANP; Elizabeth “Liz” Sharpe, DNP, MSN’02, FNAP, FAANP; and Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMC’05, FAANP, were recognized during virtual induction ceremonies held in October.

Sign reading Congratulations! The American Academy of Nursing is Pleased to Welcome Its New FellowsAAN fellows are recognized for their extraordinary commitment to the promotion of the public’s health through evidence and innovation. They are selected based on their contributions to increase access, reduce cost and improve quality through nursing theory, practice and science. Fellows are distinguished with the designation FAAN following their nursing credentials.

AAN is comprised of more than 2,700 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.