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Washington nurses to become Academy Fellows


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Janet R. Katz, PhD, RN

Three Washington nurses have been selected for induction as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. They will be honored, as part of the 173-member 2017 class of Fellows, at the Academy’s annual policy conference, October 5-7, in Washington, D.C.

Washington inductees are:

  • Deborah Anne Burton, PhD, MN, BSN, RN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health Dr. Burton works in strategic partnership with local chief nursing officers and chief medical officers to assure the highest quality of care. Before joining Providence, Dr. Burton founded one of the nation’s first state-based nursing workforce centers, the Oregon Center for Nursing, to focus on serious nursing workforce challenges. She is a member of WSNA.
  • Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, PhD, RN, Director, Clinical Nursing Research, Education and Practice, at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Dr. Dorcy has worked in clinical research to implement the best and newest treatments to patients in the Pacific Northwest. She has presented at more than 80 international, national and local conferences on topics including clinical trial enrollment, the assessment of care and the role of the oncology nurse. She is a member of WSNA.
  • Janet R. Katz, PhD, RN, Professor, Washington State University College of Nursing Dr. Katz’s work is focused on increasing the number of Native American and Hispanic students in the health sciences as well as working to decrease substance abuse and suicide rates among Spokane Tribe members. She has been a WSNA member for more than two decades, including serving on the Professional Nursing Health Care Council from June 1999 to June 2001.

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.