Congratulations to the 2013 SON American Academy of Nursing Fellows

06/27/13  Portland, Ore.

The fellow selection review process requires evidence that the individuals have made outstanding contributions to nursing and that they have the potential to make a continuing and positive impact on the Academy.

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing careers influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. New Fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October. (details at

“Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy president Joanne Disch, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. “I congratulate all of the new Fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the Academy.”

Susan-Bakewell-SachsDr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Ph.D., R.N., P.N.P.-B.C., and dean of the OHSU School of nursing as of July 2013, comes to OHSU from the College of New Jersey where she has most recently served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

In addition to her university-based positions, Dr. Bakewell-Sachs has played an active role in the transformation of nursing education in her previous home state. She served as program director for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to her administrative career, Dr. Bakewell-Sachs specialized in the care of preterm infants and published several books and medical journal articles on the topic.

Dr. Gary Laustsen, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C. values and strives towards the goal of being an expert laustsen-gary-headshotteacher. He has taught students of different ages in many subjects (biological sciences to nursing sciences) and using a variety of delivery systems (classroom, experiential, online). Dr. Laustsen believes in the power of "stories" from his 18 years of critical care nursing and 14 years of advanced practice to inform and inspire students. He seeks to influence the education of advanced practice nurses through his involvement on the NONPF Board of Directors.

Dr. Laustsen is currently completing a funded research project examining the clinical skills and procedures of nurse practitioners in Oregon. His scholarly work seeks to promote a "Greener" nursing practice.

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