Kenny named nursing fellow

Deborah Kenny, associate dean for research, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was recently selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the nation’s most respected professional organizations for nurses.

Kenny joined UCCS in January, having retired as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps following more than 23 years service. Previously, she served as executive director, TriService Nursing Research Program, for Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. Her nursing career dates to 1975.

At UCCS, she directs faculty research within the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and also teaches as an associate professor.

“This invitation to be a fellow is recognition of Dr. Kenny’s past accomplishments as well as her ability to work with others to strengthen our nation’s health care system in the future,” Nancy Smith, dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said. “This is the nursing profession’s highest honor.”

Approximately 1,500 nurses nationwide are designated as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Specific goals include 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.

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