Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing Dean Mary Lopez, PhD, RN, has announced that two alumnae from the college have earned the distinction of Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).

“Fellowship status is the highest recognition that a nurse practitioner can achieve,” Lopez said. “Fellows enhance the mission of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a 75,000-member strong organization that advances health at local, state, national, and global levels. There are more than 220,000 nurse practitioners nationwide, and about 675 hold Fellowship.”

CGN alumna and faculty member Patti McCluskey-Andre, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNPBC-AG, CCNS, is a nurse practitioner recognized for pioneering new models of care for cardiovascular surgery patients using evidence-based approaches to improve outcomes.

CGN alumna Minna Miller, DNP, FNP, RN, is a nurse practitioner from British Columbia who brought significant visibility to the nurse practitioner role for the Provincial Health Ministry, developing regulatory standards and guidelines for advanced nursing practice.

McCluskey-Andre and Miller will join 65 other nurse practitioners from across the country for formal induction at the AANP 2017 National Conference: “NPs: Revolutionizing Health Care,” said CGN Assistant Professor Donna Emanuele, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, CNS, FAANP.

“CGN’s two newest Fellows have truly made revolutionary changes that advance health care in their respective practices,” she said.

Four additional CGN faculty members and graduates have attained FAANP designation: Dr. Emanuele, CGN alumna Jennifer Ballard Hernandez, DNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CVNP-BC, CCRN, AACC, FAHA, FAANP, Professor Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP, AGN-BC, FAANP, and Professor Rod Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP.