VERSAILLES, Ky. — Frontier Nursing University Dean of Nursing Dr. Joan Slager was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in a virtual ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 31. Slager was selected for the AAN Fellowship in acknowledgment of her outstanding contributions and impact on nursing and health.
Slager was a member of FNU’s first Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP) graduate class in 1991 and proceeded to complete her Master of Science in nursing in 1993. Early on in her career, Slager helped to establish Bronson Women’s Service in Kalamazoo, Mich., which is now the state’s largest midwifery service. Slager has spent over 20 years practicing as a full-scope midwife and has served as a preceptor for over 100 FNU students; she became the school’s dean of nursing in March 2018.
“I am very honored to have been inducted as an AAN Fellow,” Slager said. “AAN is an organization that promotes nursing leadership to advance health policy and practice in the U.S. I am excited to be part of this prestigious organization and to contribute to the continued evolvement of nursing practice.”
The American Academy of Nursing selected a total of 230 distinguished nurse leaders to join the 2020 Class of Fellows. The Academy is composed of more than 2,700 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.
Through a competitive, rigorous application process, a committee of elected Fellows review hundreds of applications and select new Fellows based on their contributions to advance the public’s health. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within the profession.