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School of Nursing Professor Earns Distinguished NLN Fellowship

Dr. Angela Amar will be inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education.

Dr. Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Dean for BSN education at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will be inducted as a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) prestigious Academy of Nursing Education. Induction into the Academy of Nursing Education is one of the highest honors for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. Dr. Amar was selected for the honor for her sustained and significant contributions to nursing education. She will be inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education during the NLN’s Education Summit in September. 

Dr. Amar was one of 17 distinguished nurse educators selected for the honor. As a fellow, she will play an integral role in helping the NLN develop standards of excellence that will increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs. Amar’s pending induction, underscores her scholarship and exemplary leadership in nursing education.

"The honor of being inducted into the NLN Academy of Education is a testament to Dr. Amar’s leadership and enduring legacy in nursing education,” said Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. “Her efforts have advanced research and education in mental health and forensic nursing, and empowered a new generation of nurse leaders, who are better equipped to support and care for survivors of violence and trauma.”

 Dr. Amar, an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2012. She has been lauded for her innovative teaching strategies; faculty development; academic leadership; and collaborative educational and community partnerships.  Her research, focused on forensic nursing and mental health responses to trauma, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Nursing Research. She leads and fosters diversity in nursing leadership through the School of Nursing’s Bridges to the Baccalaureate and Building Nursing's Diverse Leaders at Emory (BUNDLE) Programs.

An early pioneer in forensic nursing, Amar was instrumental in developing nursing curriculum to better prepare nurses to serve as the first line of defense for survivors of violence and trauma when they enter the health care system. She played an integral role in developing course content and establishing national forensic nursing education standards for the International Association of Forensic Nursing.  She also worked with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to establish the Advanced Forensic Nursing certification and co-authored an introductory textbook on forensic nursing called, “A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing.”          

Prior to joining Emory, Amar developed forensic nursing programming for Georgetown University and Boston College, and worked with key stakeholders, including Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), law enforcement, social services, the Department of Public Health, non-profit and hospital-based violence programs, to develop an educational model for nursing schools nationwide. 

She is also a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nurses; a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; and a Nurse Faculty Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was named Nurse of the Year in Behavioral Health by the March of Dimes Georgia. 

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