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School of Nursing professors named American Association of Nurse Practitioners Fellows

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The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties.

The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) recently selected Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, RN, associate clinical professor and Suzanne Staebler, DNP, RN, associate clinical professor at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing into its 2014 Fellowship class.  Both professors were honored at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners induction ceremony at the 2014 AANP National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Induction into the AANP Fellowship is considered one of the highest honors for nurse practitioners. Fellows are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education and policy. This year FAANP inducted 76 nurse practitioner leaders for their national and global health impact and contributions.

"The AANP is committed to developing Nurse Practitioner leaders in order to further our advancement in the field," says Clevenger. "I am extremely honored to be selected as an AANP fellow and look forward to future work improving the future of health care and health outcomes.

Clevenger is a board-certified geriatric nurse practitioner. She holds numerous leadership positions in nursing education and practice at the School of Nursing and its clinical affiliate, the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Her leadership and commitment to nursing education, practice and scholarship has garnered noteworthy acclaim including recognition as a 2013 Health Care Hero by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Staebler is a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner. Her career includes leadership positions within neonatal nurse practitioner programs and multiple leadership positions within national organizations including the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.

"The American Association of Nurse Practitioners understands that clinical practice, research, education and policy are all vital components necessary to improve health outcomes," says Staebler. "Establishing this fellowship emphasizes their responsibility to the future of health care and nurse practitioners."

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