We’d like to take this opportunity to Recognize our own Nurse Scientist, Mary E. Lough.
Congratulations to Mary! On October 26, 2019, Mary E. Lough PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAHA, FCNS, FAAN was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in Washington, D.C. We asked Dr. Lough what it means to be a Fellow with the Academy.
Q: Tell us about what went into earning this prestigious honor?
A: Each applicant is nominated by two current American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellows in good standing who are familiar with the nominee’s work and professional contributions. The contributions are generally outside the nominee’s employed role as a clinician, educator, or researcher. The two fellows write a detailed description of the significance and importance of the nominee’s impact on patients and nurses on a national and international scale. In my case, the nomination detailed my contribution as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).
I have been co-editor of a series of critical care text books: Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management and Priorities in Critical Care for over 25 years. Both text books are now in their eighth editions and most recently published in 2018. These books are used widely in critical care in the English-speaking world (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia), and have also been translated into French, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Spanish-language and Portuguese-language versions are extensively used in South America; the French-language version is used primarily in Quebec, Canada. Because hundreds of thousands of nurses have used these books in their nursing undergraduate and graduate programs, and on critical care units, the textbooks have had a huge international impact on critical care nursing education.
In addition, I edited a specialty book on Hemodynamic Monitoring (published in 2016), now cited as the authoritative nursing text on this topic by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). I also served as Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee for the nursing section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and I contribute as a grant reviewer and journal reviewer for AACN, SCCM, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), and the American Heart Association (AHA).
All of my professional contributions represent my passion for nursing in action. I enjoy writing and I enjoy being involved with professional organizations. It is great to meet nurses from across the globe and to learn about their practice and research. To be inducted as a FAAN for something I enjoy doing is icing on the cake!
Q: What does it mean to be a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing?
A: I don’t think most nurses who are inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) expect this to happen to them, and I certainly was surprised and grateful to be so honored. Once inducted as a FAAN, the fellow is expected to help with the mission of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and to work to improve the American Health Care system. The following is taken from the AAN website:
“The American Academy of Nursing’s approximately 2,400 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; elected officials; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.
Invitation to fellowship is more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America’s health system by
- Enhancing the quality of health and nursing;
- Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum;
- Reducing health disparities and inequalities;
- Shaping healthy behaviors and environments;
- Integrating mental and physical health; and
- Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally, and internationally”.
As a new FAAN, I am looking forward to learning more about the work of the American Academy of Nursing and to contributing positively to their mission as a Fellow.
Article By: Sana Younus & Mary E. Lough