Ten faculty honored as fellows

National nursing associations inducted 10 School of Nursing faculty as fellows in 2021. Invitation to fellowship is one of the highest recognitions bestowed by the nursing profession.

Six faculty from the Nurse-Midwifery specialty were recognized as fellows by the American College of Nurse Midwives during its May annual meeting. Assistant Professor and Director of the VUSN Faculty Nurse-Midwife and Primary Care Practice Melissa Davis, DNP, MSN’03, FACNM; Associate Professor Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, PhD, MSN’97, FACNM; Assistant Professor Jeremy L. Neal, PhD, FACNM; Instructor Margaret C. Taylor, DNP’17, FACNM; and Instructor Joanne S. Tennyson, MSN’95, FACNM, were honored.

Assistant Professor Heather Jackson, PhD, FAANP; Associate Professor Courtney Pitts, MSN’09, DNP’11, FAANP; and Associate Professor Megan Shifrin, DNP, MSN’06, FAANP, were inducted as American Association of Nurse Practitioners Fellows at the 2021 AANP Fall Conference in Hollywood, Florida. Jackson and Shifrin were inducted in the Class of 2021. Pitts, who also leads VUSN’s family nurse practitioner specialty, was inducted in special Class of 2020 in-person ceremonies.

Associate Professor Karen Hande, PhD(c), DNP’13, ANEF, was inducted as a fellow of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education in September. Selection as an ANE Fellow is competitive; Hande is the first VUSN faculty member honored. She joined Dean Pamela Jeffries as VUSN’s only ANEF members.

Senior Associate Dean for Informatics Patricia Sengstack, DNP’10, FAAN, FACMI, was elected a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics. She was inducted Oct. 31 during the AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) 2021 Annual Symposium in San Diego, California.