associate professors jung-ah lee and miriam bender new fellows in the american academy of nursing 2020

Associate Professors Jung-Ah Lee, left, and Miriam Bender will be inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing on Oct. 9.

Associate Professors Miriam Bender and Jung-Ah Lee will be inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) for their significant contributions to the profession of nursing.

Bender is the director of the Center for Nursing Philosophy, the only academic unit for philosophical scholarship in the United States.

The center is connected to the larger international nursing philosophy community, which seeks to support philosophical inquiry into nursing and healthcare practice, theory, research, education and policy.

She currently serves as associate editor of the Journal Nursing Philosophy

Bender is also leading a nationally-funded $1.3 million study that examines the implementation and effectiveness of the clinical nurse leader model in improving patient safety and care quality.

Lee was recently named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She is the principal investigator on a $3.6 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA) research project to implement a home-based, culturally and language specific caregiving intervention for underserved dementia family caregivers. 

“Miriam and Jung-Ah’s achievement is a remarkable milestone in their careers,” Nyamathi says. “They are visionary researchers and nurses whose work is impacting lives and communities. I am so proud to work with them.”

Their induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 9.

Other faculty fellows:

Bender and Lee will join five other nursing faculty in the academy:

What fellowship means

Fellowship in the academy is one of the highest honors a nurse can achieve. 

The academy states that the recognition comes with a responsibility for fellows “to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America’s health system by:

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing;
  • 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; and
  • Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally, and internationally”

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