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Diane Boyle: AAN Fellow

Diane Boyle Named AAN Fellow


Diane Boyle, PhD, RN, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing and professor at the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). According to the June 23, 2014 news release from AAN, Boyle is one of 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.


Following is the remainder of the news article from the University of Wyoming office of Institutional Communications:

The academy is comprised 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, has been a leader for more than 20 years 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 School of Nursing Dean Mary Burman. “She’s had a significant impact in how we think about quality in nursing. In her role as Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing, she 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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