UTHSC DNP Faculty Elected President of National Practice Organizations
Four UTHSC College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice faculty have been elected as president of national and international practice organizations. These leaders have active clinical practices in specialty populations including adult-gerontology acute care, family psychiatric mental health, and women’s health.
Dr. Carol Thompson
Dr. Carol Thompson (L-standing), PhD, DNP, ACNP, FNP, CCRN, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN, Acute Care DNP program coordinator, is the 2013 president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). She is the second advanced practice nurse elected president to SCCM, the largest multiprofessional organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. Dr. Thompson joined SCCM in 1991. She has chaired the Nursing Section, served on Council, and has been an active member of Advocacy, ICU Report, Audit, Finance and Investment, Strategic Planning, and Nomination committees and has served as the Society’s representative to the National Quality Forum.
Dr. Shelia Melander
Dr. Shelia Melander (R-sitting), DSN, ACNP, FAANP, FCCM, also a Professor for the Acute Care DNP program, has been elected as the 2014-16 President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Dr. Melander currently serves a 2-year term as president-elect of this international organization focused on nurse practitioner education.
Dr. Patricia D. Cunningham
Dr. Patricia D. Cunningham (L-sitting), DNSc, PMHNP/CNS-BC, FNP-BC, APN, Family Psychiatric Mental Health DNP program coordinator, is the 2013 President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). The APNA, founded in 1986, is the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Cunningham accomplishments include co-chairing the Task Force on Implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education (LACE) which guides current and future APNA members in their practice.
Dr. Diane Pace
Dr. Diane Pace (R-standing) PhD, FNP-BC, CCD, NCMP, FAANP, Assistant Professor Family Nurse Practitioner DNP program, is the 2013 President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She is the fourth nurse and first advanced practice nurse of the organization, which was founded in 1989. The NAMS is North America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging. Its multidisciplinary membership of 2,000 leaders include medical, nursing, and other experts from clinical and basic science.
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