Stacey Mitchell, DNP, MBA, registered nurse and clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing, is one of the distinguished nurse leaders that the American Academy of Nursing honored as members of its 2017 class of academy fellows. Mitchell and the other 172 inductees will be honored at a ceremony to be held during the academy’s annual policy conference to take place October 5–7, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

“I am proud to welcome this talented cohort of nurses as they join the ranks of the nation’s foremost health care thought leaders,” said Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “They bring a rich variety of expertise to the table, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to transform health policy, practice and research by applying our collective nursing knowledge.”

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. Sponsorship by two current academy fellows is also required, and the applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows.

Mitchell has been certified as both a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatrics (SANE-P), and she teaches forensic health care issues at the College of Nursing. She was also awarded the Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing Award, the highest honor that the International Association of Forensic Nurses bestows, in 2015.

“Dr. Mitchell’s leadership in forensic nursing and her administrative experience have prepared her to guide the growth of our program,” said Texas A&M College of Nursing Founding Dean Sharon A. Wilkerson, PhD, RN, CNE. Mitchell was recently named coordinator of the college’s Forensic Health Care Program. “As a relatively new program, we are proud of our Multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health Care and continuing education courses and are looking forward to registering our first cohort for the Master of Science in forensic nursing this fall.”

With the addition of this new class of fellows, the total number of American Academy of Nursing fellows number more than 2,500 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 29 countries. Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. New fellows will be eligible to use the FAAN credential (fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after the induction ceremony in October.

— Christina Sumners

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