Congratulations FAAN Inductees! - October 2021

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Congratulations FAAN Inductees!

By Jillian A. Russell, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Each year, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) inducts select international nurse leader Fellows into the Academy based on their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care. Fellows are selected based on rigorous criteria, and “Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession” (AAN, 2021, para 4).

The 2021 Class of Fellows were inducted at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, October 7-9, 2021. This year’s conference and induction ceremony was a hybrid offering, allowing attendees to participate either in person or virtually. Of this year’s 225 inductees, ANPD recognizes ANPD members Patricia Black, PhD, RN, and Susan Adams Boyer, DNP, MEd, RN, NPD-BC, for their induction this year. Join us in congratulating Drs. Black and Boyer for this momentous recognition.

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Patricia Black, PhD, RN

Patricia Black is the Associate Executive Director at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in Falls Church, Virginia, where she leads education and nursing practice.

Dr. Black is a nurse leader dedicated to developing and implementing national health initiatives for psychiatric-mental health nursing. As a nurse leader, Dr. Black has implemented essential programs to develop, grow, and sustain the psychiatric-mental health nursing workforce. Through her guidance, professional development programs in mental health recovery, opioid treatment, suicide prevention, and transition into psychiatric-mental health practice have supported nurses across the nation at every level of licensure, accreditation, certification, and education. The sustained impact of this work has been recognized through broad participation and implementation of mental health recovery in psychiatric nursing practice, culture change, and funding for her organization’s educational programs. Additionally, Dr. Black’s vision is that the expertise of psychiatric nurses is recognized and that all nurses have the essential knowledge to provide the best possible care to persons with mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Black’s research interests have included tobacco dependence, alcohol use, ethics, health literacy in vulnerable populations, and horizontal violence.

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Susan Adam Boyer, DNP, MEd, RN, NPD-BC

Susan Boyer is the Founding Director of Vermont Nurses in Partnership and the Alliance for Clinical Transition Support—innovative ventures that share evidence-based nursing professional development (NPD) resources with member agencies. Dr. Boyer also serves as Academic Faculty, Leadership Team member, and Research Panel Member for Nurses International, a global non-profit organization that helps nurses obtain the education, resources, and opportunities to become change agents in their communities.

As an experienced NPD specialist, Dr. Boyer’s expertise has been shared through more than 40 publications and frequent conference presentations. Multiple research and grant-funded projects support the concepts and resources developed through her professional development role. Her organization encourages collaboration in resource use, research, and development.

Dr. Boyer’s work includes national and global sharing of the Clinical Transition Framework—an evidence-based model for developing clinical judgment and safe practice for nurses transitioning into each new specialty that they add to their repertoire. She established regional partnerships for supporting nurse transition and research with NYC Hospital and Healthcare Corporation, Alaska Center for Rural Health, Maine Rural Healthcare Collaborative, New York State Health Workforce Initiative, Vermont Homecare Network, Arizona Action Coalition, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Nebraska, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Vermont Centers for Nursing, US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Indian Health Services, the Military Medical System, Aswan Cardiac Center (Aswan, Egypt),  Bolton Clarke Group (Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia), and Nurses International. Her actions and passion for nurse development bring agencies into collaborative partnerships from around the world. 


American Academy of Nursing. (2021, August 4). American Academy of Nursing announces 2021 class of new fellows.

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