American Academy of Nursing inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the academy’s annual health policy conference, October 27-29 in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is “From reflection to impact: positioning the future of nursing.”
The new fellows represent 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and 17 countries. George and Butcher are among only 14 inductees from Florida, and only four universities are represented within the Florida State University System. By hosting these fellows, the academy will be made up of more than 3,000 expert leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia who champion health and well-being, locally and globally. The college has 12 additional AAN Fellows as faculty members.
Through a competitive and rigorous application process, the American Academy of Nursing Scholars Selection Committee, which is comprised of elected and appointed Scholars, reviewed a record number of applications, representing a 30% increase over compared to the previous year, ultimately selecting the 2022 Fellows based on their contributions to improving public health.
With the addition of new scholars, NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education membership now totals 322 leading nurse educators who teach in a range of programs across the higher education spectrum. They are affiliated with leading teaching hospitals, academic institutions, and other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care in the United States and around the world. The Academy of Nursing Education encourages excellence by recognizing the wisdom of exceptional nurse educators. In keeping with tradition, the induction ceremony will take place during the Convocation of Honors, prior to the closing gala of this year’s NLN Education Summit on September 30 in Las Vegas.
George joined FAU’s nationally and internationally renowned Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in 2019 and is only the third dean to be appointed in the college’s 43-year history. She previously served as assistant dean for research at the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing. She has also served as a professor-in-residence at both the University of Alabama with their Honors College and at Emory University where she directed the “Bridging Academics, Service and Ethics” program. She is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and in 2020 was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. In 2018, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Her main research goal is to promote the holistic health and well-being of people living with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS through evidence-based psychosocial interventions that focus on the social determinants of health. Her current research focuses on developing models to predict COVID-19 outcomes in collaboration with a team of nurses and engineers using big data analytics/data science, machine learning, and computer science. artificial intelligence.
George’s research has previously been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Institute of Nursing Research, the John Templeton Foundation, the Emory University Religion and Public Health Collaborative, the Biomedical Imaging Technology Center, and the University of Alabama, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HRSA, ViiV Healthcare’s Southern Initiative Positive Action program, and the NIH-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research.
Her research has earned her a national reputation in the fields of holistic health, spirituality and HIV and she has received numerous honors and recognitions for her work. In 2019, she received the President’s Faculty Research Award from the University of Alabama. His holistic approach to his research also won him the international Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award in 2015.
From 2017 to 2021, George was elected to the International Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, where she held numerous leadership positions including Chair of the International Service Committee, Elected Member of the leadership succession committee and vice-president of the Epsilon Omega chapter. She is currently an elected member of the board of directors of the Nursing Consortium of Florida and was recently elected president-elect of the Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing.
George holds a Ph.D. and MSN degrees from Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in religion and health at Duke University.
Butcher joined the FAU faculty in 2019 after serving on the faculty at the University of Iowa for 21 years. Her fellowship focuses on the development of research and practice methods grounded in unitary and caring nursing science. Her work includes authoring four editions of the Classification of Nursing Interventions (NIC). The 8the NIC edition is currently in press and now includes 614 nursing interventions and over 13,000 nursing activities. The editions of NIC he authored have been translated into 12 languages and are used worldwide for planning and documenting nursing care in electronic health care systems; research the impact of nursing interventions on patient health outcomes; and teaching nursing and clinical reasoning across specialties and patient populations.
Her theoretical work in advancing unitary and caring nursing science includes the development of practice and research methodology derived from Rogers’ nursing science; the development of the phenomenological research method of unitary caring hermeneutics and the method of practice “Nursing as Caring”.
Butcher’s research program focuses on testing a written emotional expression intervention, a journaling intervention, designed to improve the health and well-being of family caregivers was funded by the NIH and the John A Hartford. He has published over 64 journal articles, 33 book chapters, co-authored seven books, and 18 comprehensive guidelines on proven gerontological practice. He has given more than 27 international keynote speeches.
He holds a doctorate. from the University of South Carolina; a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Toronto; a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University; and a BS in Biology from Lebanon Valley College. Butcher is a 2002-2004 John A. Hartford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for Building Academic Capacity in Geriatric Nursing.
Keller joined FAU in 1998 and teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She is the Graduate Studies Coordinator for the Nurse Educator Concentration in the Masters Program and is accredited as a Certified Nurse Educator. In addition, she is a doctoral advisor. program and enjoys teaching at all three levels and in all programs. Her research interests are related to electrocardiographic nursing concepts, interprofessional communication and teamwork, and the integration of nursing science into simulated teaching/learning scenarios. She has been certified in Critical Care Nursing for over 20 years and remains current in teaching ECG nursing concepts. In this capacity, Keller connects her three areas of interest – caring science, interprofessional team science, and cardiac nursing concepts.
Keller’s interest in simulation led her to formulate adult health simulation experiences rooted in a caring setting within the college. Currently, she is actively involved in the development and implementation of interprofessional education opportunities with FAU nursing, medical and social work students.
She obtained a doctorate. in Nursing 1997, an MSN in 1985 and a BSN in 1978 from the University of Miami. Her first job was as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She then worked in Surgical Intensive Care at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and then returned to Jackson Memorial Hospital to work in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit where she followed her passion and interest in ECG nursing concepts. After leaving Miami, she taught acute care nursing at Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh. After returning to Miami, Keller accepted a position as a critical care educator/organizational development worker at Mercy Hospital where she worked for more than a decade. At Mercy Hospital, she coordinated advanced cardiac resuscitation courses, taught 12-lead ECG and arrhythmia interpretation courses as well as open-heart recovery and intensive care courses.
Keller has numerous publications to his credit. Awards and recognition she has received include “Emeritus Professor of the Year” for FAU in 2007 and the 2011 Daisy Award for Faculty of Nursing given by the Daisy Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing .
BY GISELE GALOUSTIAN