American Academy of Nursing taps Beth-El associate dean as fellow

By Staff


Deborah KennyPh.D., R.N., associate dean for research at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, recently was selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the nation's most respected professional organizations for nurses.

Kenny directs faculty research within the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and also teaches as an associate professor. She joined UCCS in January after retiring as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps following more than 23 years service. She previously served as executive director of TriService Nursing Research Program for Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. Kenny's nursing career dates to 1975.

"This invitation to be a fellow is recognition of Dr. Kenny's past accomplishments as well as her ability to work with others to strengthen our nation's health care system in the future," said Nancy Smith, dean of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. "This is the nursing profession's highest honor."

About 1,500 nurses nationwide are designated as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, which focuses on enhancing the quality of health and nursing care, 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 care, and strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system both nationally and internationally.