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UW Faculty Member Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

June 25, 2014
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UW Professor Diane Boyle has been selected as an American Academy of Nursing fellow.

A faculty member in the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).

Diane Boyle, professor and Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing, is among 168 leaders in the field of nursing from around the world who will be inducted during AAN’s 2014 “Transforming Health, Driving Policy” conference Oct. 18, in Washington, D.C.

The academy is composed of more than 2,200 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. AAN fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

"The American Academy of Nursing welcomes this stellar cohort of new fellows,” says ANA President Diana Mason. “As clinicians, researchers, educators, executives and leaders in all sectors of our society, they are joining the nation's thought leaders in nursing and health care."

Boyle, who came to UW in June 2013, for more than 20 years has been a leader in improving the nursing work environment, nursing workforce and patient safety through development and evaluation of standardized, value-driven metrics and sustained investigation of relationships between nursing and patient outcomes.

“This is a huge honor for Dr. Boyle,” says UW School of Nursing Dean Mary Burman. “She’s had a significant impact in how we think about quality in nursing and in her role as Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing will continue to impact nursing and nursing quality indicators.”

Boyle currently heads a collaborative research team, funded in part by the Wyoming IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), to develop a novel composite quality performance indicator of pressure ulcers and falls; examine differences between rural and urban hospitals on the quality composite measure; and model the relationship between nursing structure and processes of care and the quality composite outcome in rural and urban hospitals.

She has led research teams in examining the relationship between quality of nurse leadership and nurse-physician communication with staff nurses’ job satisfaction, intent to stay, and perceptions of patient outcomes -- and testing interventions to improve nurse-physician communication. Her expertise was applied as deputy director of the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, the largest U.S. nurse-driven quality initiative.

Selection criteria for AAN fellows include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current AAN fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel composed 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 well-being of all.

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