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Two Additional NAHN Members Inducted as
Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

Washington, DC (October 18, 2012) — The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is pleased to announce that Liana Orsolini, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN (formerly known as Liana Orsolini-Hain) and Carolina Huerta, EdD, RN, FAAN have become Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. They were inducted with Immediate Past President Angie Millan, MSN, RNP, CNS, FAAN, whose induction we reported last May.

Our three members were inducted on October 13, 2012, during the 39th American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC. NAHN celebrated their accomplishments and those of the other NAHN members who are Fellows at a well-attended cocktail reception after the induction ceremony.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of Angie, Carolina and Liana," said Jose Alejandro, PhD(c), RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, president of NAHN. "As you will see from the two profiles below and Angie Millan's, these NAHN members represent what NAHN wants for all its members--to be reconized for their dedication to their nursing careers and to the community they serve."

Carolina Huerta, EdD, RN, FAAN

Carolina HuertaCarolina G. Huerta, EdD, RN, FAAN, University of Texas-Pan American Lillian O. Slemp Endowed Professor and Nursing Department Chair, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her outstanding contributions in advancing undergraduate and graduate nursing educational opportunities for Hispanics in her poor, medically underserved South Texas community.

By developing and implementing nursing programs in an area where the closest nursing education opportunity was 150 miles away, she not only provided educational access to those who dreamed of a professional nursing career but increased the quality of health care for the residents in South Texas. For these efforts, she received the American Nurses Association Mary Mahoney Award in 2008.

Dr. Huerta has been actively involved in her profession, serving as an elected board member of American Association of Colleges of Nursing, President  of Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Chair of the New Careers in Nursing program, teaching nurses in Thailand and forging academic relationships with schools in Mexico. She is also coauthor of the text "Health Promotion in Nursing", now in its 3rd edition, a text that has been translated into Chinese and is also available in an international version.

As a newly inducted fellow, Dr. Huerta states that "she feels honored to have been recognized by AAN and now has a huge responsibility to mentor other nurses as well. As a member of NAHN, I hope to be a role model to those who aspire to achieve this honor."

Liana Orsolini, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Liana OrsoliniDr. Liana Orsolini is a 2011-2012 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Health, Health and Human Services, in Washington D.C. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Million Hearts Initiative. She also currently serves on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education.

Dr. Orsolini served on the faculty of City College of San Francisco and practiced at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. She was a member of the IOM Committee on the Initiative on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which produced recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. Orsolini served on the advisory board for the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care, where she co-chaired the Committee on Nursing Collaborative Education Models for California’s white paper on nursing education redesign. 

Orsolini’s research and scholarly work examines factors that influence educational progression of associate-degree nurses. She is published on a variety of topics, including promoting education consortiums to streamline nursing education and further encourage nurses to earn a higher degree; examining the impending gap in clinical nursing expertise; and reframing community college nursing education as a method of increasing the educational level of the nursing workforce. In addition to having served on several nursing organization committees including the Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Orsolini is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses as well as member of the National Black Nurses Association.

Orsolini received a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

As a newly inducted fellow, Dr. Orsolini states that although she is not of Hispanic origin she has always believed in supporting diversity in nursing and that is why she became a member of NAHN in 2007.


The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 1,800 Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. They include association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.

Invitation to Fellowship is more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. 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 America's health care system by:

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing care;
  • Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum;
  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities;
  • Shaping healthy behaviors and environments;
  • Integrating mental and physical health care; and
  • Strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system, nationally and internationally.

Other current NAHN members who are FAANs include:

  • Amy Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Mary Lou Bond, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
  • Norma Cuellar, DSN, RN,FAAN
  • Bronwynne Evans, PHD, RN, FAAN
  • Catherine Gilliss, DNSC, RN, FAAN
  • Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Nilda Peragallo, DRPH, RN ,FAAN
  • Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP
  • Maria Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
  • Mary Lou Siantz, PHD, RN, FAAN
  • Eloisa Tamez, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Sara Torres, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Note: Please let us know if you are a NAHN member and a FAAN and you have not been listed here. We want to add you to our list!

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NAHN is actively involved in issues affecting Hispanic nurses and the health of Hispanic communities on local, state, regional and national levels. The organization is committed to work toward providing equal access to education, professional and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses and to improving the health and nursing care for Hispanic consumers.



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