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FAU Nursing Professor Josie Weiss Named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


            PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (July 21, 2009)
– Josie Weiss, PhD, FNP, PNP-BC, associate professor and family nurse practitioner clinical coordinator for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University’s Treasure Coast campus, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) during the AANP national conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

            The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through nurse practitioner clinical practice, research, education or policy.  Priority initiatives of FAANP are the development of leadership and mentorship programs for nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students.  Fellows of the AANP are visionaries committed to the global advancement of nursing through the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders, and as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care outside the confines of traditional thinking.  A limited number of nurse practitioners are selected for this highly coveted distinction each year.

            Weiss’ research focuses on self-care decision making in vulnerable populations and responsible sexual decision making in adolescent girls.  Her study results have been published in Pediatric Nursing, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Educator, and shepresented her findings at the 24 th National Conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Nashville in June and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in July.  Weiss earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Florida.

AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties.  The organization represents the interests of the approximate 125,000 nurse practitioners around the country and continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as providers of high-quality, cost-effective and personalized healthcare.  For more information about AANP, visit www.aanp.org.

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s philosophy focuses on the concept of Caring in nursing: advancing the science, studying its meaning, practicing the art and living it day-to-day.  Its state-of-the-art facility on FAU’s Boca Raton campus equips students and faculty to address present, emerging and future healthcare needs with passion and compassion.   For more information, visit www.fau.edu/nursing.


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