UMass Amherst Dean Stephen Cavanagh Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

AMHERST, Mass. – Stephen J. Cavanagh, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will join 171 nursing leaders nationwide to be inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing at its annual meeting Oct. 19.
Cavanagh is one of only eight fellows selected from Massachusetts. He was named dean of the UMass Amherst College of Nursing in July 2011, and had previously been professor and associate dean for academic and clinical affairs in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit.
The American Academy of Nursing is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. The fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and scientific researchers. With this new class, fellows will represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 19 countries.
“Selection for fellowship in the academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said academy president Joanne Disch. “I congratulate all of the new fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the academy.”
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 the nominee’s nursing careers influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. New fellows will be eligible to use the credentials “FAAN” (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.
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