IRVINE, Calif (March 26, 2012) - Brandman University recently announced that two faculty members have been named 2012 Fellows by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Renee McLeod, PhD, APRN, BC, CPNP and Dean of the Brandman University School of Nursing and Health Professions, and Kathleen McCoy, DNSc, APN PMHNP-BC/CNS-BC, FNP-BC, Director: Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Program (FPMHNP) and Assistant Professor of Nursing, will be inducted on June 22 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Orlando, Florida.
“This is a very special honor,” said Dr. McLeod, “We established the School of Nursing and Health Professions just three years ago. To have myself and a faculty member recognized for our contributions to the profession of nurse practitioners is wonderful. We have an outstanding faculty here in the School of Nursing and Health Professions who are all practicing in their nurse practitioner specialty, and are all doctorally prepared. I am sure many more will be recognized for their leadership and contributions in the future.” Dr. McCoy added, “The significance to me is that it symbolizes validation to a lifetime of professional commitment to excellence in practice and affecting policy to enable all people to receive the health care that they need.”
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) established the Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing Program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through nurse practitioner clinical practice, research, education or policy and to provide a forum through which to extend and enhance such efforts. A limited number of Fellows are selected each year. Dr. McLeod and Dr. McCoy are two of only 43 Nurse Practitioners (NP) to be inducted from across the United States in 2012.
Dr. McLeod has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 30 years, and in addition to her academic post maintains an active practice in San Diego. She has been nationally recognized for advancing innovation and technology in the field. She says, “Now is the time to educate practitioners to use technology and innovation to do more with less, change the healthcare system and still have better patient outcomes.” Dr. McLeod’s current research and consulting focuses on transforming health care clinicians, educators, and researchers into digital citizens.
Prior to joining Brandman, Dr. McLeod served as the Director of the Office of Transformational Technologies and Organizations and Director of Graduate Education and Advanced Practice Programs in the College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University. She also ran the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University, starting the Pediatric Acute Care Program and moving the programs to an online blocked curriculum. She is a renowned expert in the area of handheld point of action technology to advance interdisciplinary education of health care professionals and to support evidence-based practice.
As the Director of Brandman’s Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Dr. McCoy develops in her students the ability to use new and emerging technologies to optimize healthcare delivery of services to consumers of Psychiatric & Mental Health services. She currently practices in her home town at Tennessee’s Cookeville Regional Medical Center as an integrative Nurse Practitioner in the Employee Health and Wellness Program where she manages a broad spectrum of patients and serves as the coordinator of a unique Regional Nicotine Free Lifestyle Program. For her achievements, Dr. McCoy is in her second term as the American Nurses Credentialing Company’s Chair of the Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Examination. She has also received the prestigious Tennessee Chapter American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Advanced Leadership Award and became an APNA Janssen Scholar in 2006. While at the University of Tennessee, she helped to redesign the online DNP courses crossing PMH, acute care and family practice, moving them toward a philosophy of integrative care. She is the author of several peer reviewed and trade publications.
About Brandman University
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