School of Nursing faculty inducted as American Academy of Nursing fellows

Pam Orebaugh Jones, DNP’13, MSN’92, BSN’81; April Kapu, DNP’13, MSN’05; and Jennifer Ezell Wilbeck, DNP, PMC’06, MSN’99; were inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing on October 26. The formal event took place during the Academy’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Jones is Vanderbilt University School of Nursing senior associate dean for clinical and community partnerships. Kapu is VUSN professor of nursing and associate nursing officer/director of Advanced Practice Nursing at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital. Wilbeck is professor of nursing and academic director of VUSN’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty.

Invitation to fellowship is one of the highest recognitions bestowed by AAN. Fellows (FAAN) 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.

Alumni Kuei-Ru Chou, PhD’97, dean, Taipei Medical University in Taiwan; Julie Elam Otte, PhD, MSN’02, associate professor, Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis; and Cathy Rozmus, PhD, MSN’87, PARTNERS Professor and vice dean for academic affairs, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, were also inducted.

The School of Nursing held a reception honoring all six alumni prior to the induction ceremonies.