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AACN Appoints UK Nursing Dean as Fellow of Executive Leadership Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2015)  – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has selected Janie Heath, dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, as a fellow of the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. 


The program launched in 2012 as a collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in nursing. The program, which is supported in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans HealthCare, has graduated 87 nursing leaders across the nation.


“Nurses looking to having a meaningful impact on improving the nation’s health and health care must possess strong leadership, negotiation and strategic-thinking skills,” said Deborah Trautman, AACN’s chief executive officer. “I applaud the latest graduates of the AACN-Wharton program for their commitment to developing the expertise needed to amplify nursing’s voice in discussions shaping the future of nursing education and practice at the local, state, and national levels.”


Heath has more than 38 years of acute and critical care nursing experience in various positions, from staff to administration to advanced practice and academia. She has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and/or research initiatives, generated more than 150 publications and abstracts, and served on numerous regional and national task forces for tobacco control and advanced practice nursing initiatives. She joined the UK College of Nursing as dean in 2014. 

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