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Dr. Kim Udlis to be inducted into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Kimberly UdlisDr. Kim Udlis, MSN Program Director/Associate Professor of Nursing at Bellin College will be inducted into the Fellows of the American  Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) on June 22, 2017. 

The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioners (NPs) who have made outstanding contributions in healthcare practice, research, education and/or policy and to facilitate leadership within the NP profession. The FAANP is dedicated to the global advancement of NPs through multiple initiatives that promote and advance the NP profession and providing mentorship and leadership programs to foster the advancement of NPs and NP students.

The FAANP application includes two nominations and sponsorships from current Fellows of the AANP.  Along with being an active member of AANP, applicants must demonstrate exceptions, contributions and outcomes in two of four areas: research, clinical practice, education or policy. Dr. Udlis’s primary sponsor was Susan Buchholz, PhD, RN, FAANP, professor at Rush University. Dr. Udlis’s secondary sponsor was Anne Thomas, PhD, ANP-BC, GNP, FAANP, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Michigan State University and current President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum theory leadership is a major contribution Dr. Udlis has made to advance quality healthcare by promoting optimal DNP-NP education curriculum. She has directed and has been a member of national writing efforts that have provided clarification and direction for DNP-NP education across the country. As a nationally recognized leader in DNP-NP education, Dr. Udlis has been invited to present at national conferences regarding DNP curriculum issues and have worked closely with NP faculty across the country to provide guidance on transitioning to an integrated DNP-NP curriculum. Dr. Udlis also has been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing DNP Implementation Task Force and is chairperson for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Curriculum Leadership Committee.

Dr. Udlis has actively contributed and championed vital resources that lay the groundwork to drive NP practice policy change at the state, national and international levels. She has led the work on a white paper that provides a framework for independent practice for certified NPs across the nation. Dr. Udlis has also contributed to expanding the NP core competencies, as well as writing the more specific competences for Primary Care Adult Gerontology NPs. Competency documents can be used at the policy level to guide and increase scope of practice for NPs. Defining and expanding NP scope of practice results in a healthier nation.

“Being selected as a Fellow of the AANP is an incredible honor that is very humbling, Dr. Udlis said of the induction.” She added, “I’ve always been very passionate about the NP profession and have greatly enjoyed the privilege of being able to contribute to the profession at the national level. I’m excited to continue my work in the advancement of NPs through the FAANP initiatives.” 

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Udlis!

About AANP:
The mission of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is to empower all nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. AANP initiatives include advocacy and government affairs, hosting a variety of conferences, multiple publications including SmartBriefs and two peer-reviewed journals, marketing, education and research. 

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