Nursing Scholar Selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Elizabeth Scannell-Desch has been selected for induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, associate dean of baccalaureate programs at Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in nursing scholarship. Dr. Scannell-Desch joins 172 exceptional nurse leaders representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 29 countries who will be honored at an induction ceremony to be held on October 7, in Washington, D.C.

Throughout her career, Dr. Scannell-Desch has earned distinction for military service, teaching excellence, and clinical research. Scannell-Desch, a retired colonel and 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, served as a former flight nurse on active duty all over the world from 1972 to 1997. She has taught for more than 15 years and nursing students consistently describe her as an inspired professor and dedicated mentor. The author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals, she is a highly regarded expert on nurses in the military, the impact of mid-life widowhood, oncology, and the history of women in health care.

The Rutgers–Camden scholar enters a distinguished group of more than 2,500 academy fellows who are recognized leaders in nursing education, management, practice, policy, and research.

The American Academy of Nursing, an independent affiliate of the American Nurses Association, was established in 1973 to help advance the profession of nursing through health policy and practice by generating, synthesizing and disseminating nursing knowledge. For more information, visit

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