NAHN Members Inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

Washington, D.C. - November 7, 2018 - The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is pleased to announce that five outstanding association members were inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing on November 3 during the 2018 AAN Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.  NAHN celebrated their accomplishments and those of other NAHN members who are AAN Fellows at a reception following the induction ceremony.

“Membership into the academy is a professional honor and one which is very meaningful. It is a validation and recognition of nurses’ efforts towards improving health delivery in our country and we are proud of the NAHN members being inducted,” said Norma Cuellar, Ph.D., FAAN, President of NAHN.

NAHN members who are being inducted in the 2018 class of Fellows are:

Susan Caplan, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC - Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing

María de los Ángeles Ordóñez, DNP, ARNP-BC, GNP, PMHNP - Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in the  Practice-Teaching Track and Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. She also holds a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science (Secondary) Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

Mario R. Ortiz, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FNP-C, FNAP - Dean and Professor, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton Universit

Lula Westrup Pelayo, PhD, RN - Associate Dean of Graduate Education at the Uniformed Services University – College of Allied Health Sciences.  I am an inaugural Administrator of the newly formed nation-wide branch of the University

Rev. Rudy Valenzuela, PhD, RN, FNP-C, FAANP, a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, is a family nurse practitioner and the President/CEO of Camillus Health Center in San Luis, Arizona and Clínica Santa María de Guadalupe in San Luis, R.C. Sonora, México.

The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 2,580 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; elected officials; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs. Academy fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America’s health system.