New fellows inducted into American Academy of Nursing

Washington state has eight new fellows inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2022.

This story was published in the Fall 2022 issue of The Washington Nurse.

The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and healthcare at the academy’s annual Health Policy Conference Oct. 27-29 in Washington, D.C. Washington state has eight new fellows:

Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN

Executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing; 2022 WSNA Hall of Fame awardee; mayor of Burien, Wash. Aragon has led statewide efforts to address nursing workforce shortages and increase nursing workforce diversity. She is a former senior governmental affairs advisor for WSNA.

Sarah Gimbel, PhD, MPH, RN

Professor of Nursing and co-director of Global Health Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, PhD, CNM

Associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, leading tracks in nurse-midwifery and perinatal-nurse specialists; certified nurse-midwife at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett.

Connie Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, ANEF

Elected board advisor on the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Pacific Islander in Oregon and the Asian Family Center in Oregon; associate professor with tenure in the nursing program at Washington State University (Vancouver campus).

Renee Rassilyer-Bomers, DNP, CMSRN, RN-BC

Chief nursing officer at Swedish-Cherry Hill; instructor at Seattle University; led largest civilian-run mass vaccination site in the country in partnership with the City of Seattle.

Kathleen Richardson, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, CEN, FAEN, FAWM, LTC USA (Ret.)

Associate dean and assistant professor of nursing at Pacific Lutheran University; dual board-certified family and emergency nurse practitioner with military and civilian experience.

Jennifer Sonney, PhD, ARNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP

Professor of symptom science at the University of Washington School of Nursing; president of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Oleg Zaslavsky, PhD, MHA, RN

Associate professor of nursing at the University of Washington Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics; expertise in gerontological nursing and digital interventions.

“WSNA is so proud that the contributions of these Washington nurses are being recognized by their induction into the Academy,” said WSNA Executive Director David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, an Academy fellow who has held leadership positions in the American Academy of Nursing.

“This is a great and well-deserved honor,” he said. “But it also speaks to their ongoing commitment to leading changes in healthcare—in Washington, the U.S., and internationally. I am happy to offer congratulations to these colleagues on this major accomplishment!”

The newest fellows represent 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 17 countries. In welcoming these fellows, the American Academy of Nursing will now be comprised of more than 3,000 leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.