October 19, 2014  

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Southern Miss Professor Inducted into American Academy of Nursing

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Southern Miss nursing Professor Dr. Rowena Elliott was recently inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. (Submitted photo)

Dr. Rowena Elliott, associate professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.

Elliott, who also serves as director of the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program at Southern Miss, was recognized during the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

“This recognition is one of the most rewarding honors that any nurse can receive,” said Elliott. “To me, it is a public appreciation for all of the hard work, sleepless nights and endless dedication to your profession. I am blessed, humbled and honored to become a Fellow and continue the work to advance the profession of nursing.”

The Academy is composed of more than 1,800 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. 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 to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and the heath and well-being of all. 

Elliott is the immediate past-president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

“Invitation to Fellowship is more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession,” said Dr. Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at Southern Miss. “Academy Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming American’s health care system.”