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A Message from Dean Judy Beal:

Dear SNHS friends,

I have just returned from the American Academy of Nursing Meeting in Washington, D.C. where three Simmons alumnae were inducted as fellows. 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 more than 2,300 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. I am honored to be a Fellow (FAAN) and to welcome Louise Kaplan ’74, Annie Lewis-O'Connor ’90HS, and Wendy Wright ’88, ’92HS, ’95HSC.

Louise is an associate professor and director of the Nursing Program at St Martin’s University in Lacey, WA, where she developed an RN-BSN program. She is also a family nurse practitioner in active practice. Annie is a dually board certified nurse practitioner and founding director of the Women's Coordinated Approach Recovery and Empowerment Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Wendy is the owner of two nurse practitioner owned clinics in New Hampshire and is a partner with Partners in Healthcare Education. Their impressive accomplishments and sustainable contributions to the profession of nursing are highlighted in this issue of Snapshot. I am honored to be a Fellow along with at least seven other Simmons alumni or faculty. Fellows whom I know about are of course our newest inductees, and also Barbara Frink ’70, Richard Ferri ’94HS, and Peg Fitzgerald and Susan Hagedorn, who both are former faculty members. As I was quelling with pride for Simmons, I began thinking that there must be others in our community that are fellows in the AANP and the NAP. There must also be Simmons alumni and faculty from the physical therapy program who are Catherine Worthington Fellows and nutrition alumni and faculty  who have been honored by AND. I am issuing a call to all honorees and fellows (very fine fellows indeed) to join the SNHS Hall of Fame.  Please send me your information so that I can add you to an SNHS Honor Roll. 

In addition to the networking opportunities provided at meetings like those with the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), the knowledge you gain from being on the cutting edge of your profession is so critical to what you can contribute to advancing our professions back at home. One of my favorite sessions at the AAN meeting is the pre-session before the board meeting entitled, “Can we talk?” The current policy priorities of the AAN are toxic stress in childhood, nutrition, and violence. In this session, fellows were asked to identify the most important reform in health care that currently is receiving little attention from the Academy and policy makers that effects the nation’s ability to achieve the Triple Aim (improving people’s experience with health care, improving the health of populations, and reducing health care costs) – and why is it important. Issues identified included: closing health care disparities, advanced practice nursing regulation, the integration of oral health, primary care and the role of the nurse, tobacco control, creating a culture of health, optimizing child development, partnering with nutrition and dietetics to address the issue of childhood obesity, the toxic environment, a more global focus, and of course – having a nurse as Secretary of Health Human Services – or Surgeon General! That is always on the wish list of all nurses. I am interested in hearing what you think of this list, what you might add, and what you think SNHS can do to address these issues as partners in nursing, nutrition, and PT.  

Of course Ebola was a hot topic as well, and I am pleased to announce that another one of our graduates Susan Amundsen ’99HS was selected to be on the initial medical team to set up Ebola Treatment Centers with the military in Liberia. She will be trained first at the CDC and deployed in November as one of four nurse supervisors. The team will include eight additional RNs and five MDs. WOW!

Congratulations to all!


Judy BealDean Judy Beal

Judy A. Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP,FAAN
Dean School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor of Nursing
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow 2008-2011
Simmons College


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