Induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) is one of the most prestigious honors in the nursing field. The AAN Fellowship includes the top nursing researchers, educators, practitioners and executives in the nation. On October 15, the AAN will induct 142 new Fellows as part of its 38th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The 2011 class of Fellows is the largest group of inductees in the history of the organization.

Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Academy of Nursing is focused on advancing national health policy and improving health care practices by leveraging the nursing knowledge of its Fellows. AAN’s 1,500 Fellows represent the most accomplished and educated leaders in nursing today. More than 80 percent of Fellows hold doctoral degrees with the remainder having completed Master’s programs. The Academy is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors who work with the Fellowship to identify key policy issues and affect change in the nation’s health care system.

Induction into the AAN Fellowship represents more than recognition for past professional achievement in nursing. Fellows make a commitment to contribute time and energy to promoting the Academy’s policies and agenda. This includes engaging with health care leaders outside the Academy in an effort to enhance the quality of nursing care, reduce health care inequalities, promote healthy behaviors, and strengthen the national and international health care delivery system.

Those nominated for induction into the AAN Fellowship are recognized leaders who have made significant contributions to nursing and health care. Nominee selection focuses on the impact of an individual’s nursing career on health care policy and delivery. Each nominee must be sponsored by two current Academy Fellows. Following induction, new Fellows have the privilege of using the FAAN credential (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing).

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