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Fantastic Four

When the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) inducts its 2013 Class of Fellows later this month, the University of Iowa College of Nursing will be well represented. In total, four UI faculty members—Patricia Clinton, Sue Gardner, Sue Moorhead and Barbara Rakel—are among this year’s Fellows.

"Through their contributions to advancing the knowledge base for nursing, the college's newest Fellows have transformed health care practice and prepared the next generation of nurses for the future challenges in health care,” said Rita Frantz, dean and professor at the College of Nursing. “The college is proud to have these faculty recognized with this esteemed honor."

Clinton, Gardner, Moorhead and Rakel will be inducted by AAN during the Academy’s 40th annual meeting on Saturday, October 19, in Washington, D.C. The college will also host a reception in honor of the inductees on October 19, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

“Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy president Joanne Disch, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. “I congratulate all of the new Fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the Academy.”

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy 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 careers influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all. New Fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.

The Academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. The Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. With this new class, Fellows will represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 countries.

For more information about the Academy and the annual meeting, visit

Pat Clinton Sue Gardner Sue Moorhead Barb Rakel

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The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's 2,000 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care. More information is available at

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Oct 4th, 2013