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University of Texas Medical Branch
News Release
Monday, October 17, 2011

UTMB’s Fiandt honored as American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Galveston, Texas – Kathryn Fiandt, associate dean for clinical affairs in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch, is now a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Fiandt is one of 142 nurse leaders selected as Fellows by the Academy in 2011.

“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gillis. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, educators and practitioners.”

The selection of Fellows is based in part on the extent to which their nursing careers influence health policy and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans.

“Kathryn Fiandt’s induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing is a distinct honor and recognition of her lifelong contributions to the nursing profession and her dedication to her patients and students,” said Pamela G. Watson, dean of the School of Nursing at UTMB. “She is a national leader in nurse-managed primary health care, a vital and developing component of health care delivery and a leading model for patient-centered health care services.”

Fiandt is director of the St. Vincent’s House nurse-managed clinic in Galveston, one of five nurse-led innovative primary care programs cited in “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change Advancing Health” report issued by the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Initially established with funding from the UTMB Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, the clinic provides primary care and wellness services for the underserved and serves as a clinical training site for interdisciplinary primary care and community health students. 

In 2010, she was the principal author for a three-year, $1.5 million grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of only 10 such grants awarded across the country, the funds provided for the expansion of services to the clinic’s underserved patients and enables more research on the impact of the services provided by nurse practitioners and nurse case managers.

The Academy, founded in 1973, serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

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