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Sinclair School of Nursing Faculty Shine at AAN meeting

Professor inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Faculty of the Sinclair School of Nursing were stars at this year’s American Academy of Nursing (AAN) annual conference.

Following a rigorous selection process, professor Lorraine Phillips was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Phillips was one of 162 Fellows chosen out of approximately 300 nominations from around the world, including those from academic, service, policy sectors and blended roles.

Academy Fellows — who are all members of the American Nurses Association or a constituent member organization for nurses in the U.S. — are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing, health care and society.

Lorraine Phillips

Lorraine Phillips

With the addition of this year’s class, the Academy Fellows now represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 28 countries. The Academy of Nursing is currently comprised of more than 2,400 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

“I am delighted to welcome this superb cohort of talented clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators and executives as they join the ranks of the nation’s leading nursing and health care thought leaders,” said American Academy of Nursing President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, at the conference.

Phillips, who joined the Sinclair School of Nursing faculty in 2007, has established herself as a leader in geriatric care. Before coming to MU, she worked as a nurse practitioner in primary and long-term care. Today, she is the project director of the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri nursing homes and an associate director of the MU Meta-analysis Research Center. She also serves as treasurer for the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and holds editorial board positions with Research in Gerontological Nursing and Doody Enterprises Inc.’s Geriatrics and Long Term Care. As a Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging volunteer, she also leads Matter of Balance programs in Missouri.

In addition to Phillips’ honor, a group of Sinclair School of Nursing faculty received the 2016 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Practice Award at this year’s conference. Faculty members Gina Oliver, Lila Pennington, Sara Revelle and Marilyn Rantz authored the article “Impact of Nurse Practitioners on Health Outcomes of Medicare and Medicaid Patients,” which received the recognition.

Also at the conference meeting, in front of the more than 1,000 attendees, Marian Broome, editor-in-chief of Nursing Outlook, recognized Sinclair School of Nursing faculty as frequent authors in Nursing Outlook, a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed publication from the American Academy of Nursing.