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Nurse researcher receives nursing's highest honor

Lynn Nemeth, Ph.D., R.N. is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and a nurse researcher with the Medical University Hospital Authority. Her clinical areas of interest focus on critical care, emergency, trauma, neuroscience and outcomes and case management.  photo provided

This year, only one South Carolina nurse has been named a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing. Lynne S. Nemeth, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor in the MUSC College of Nursing, was bestowed the organization’s highest honor at a ceremony during its annual meeting Oct. 17-19 in Washington, D.C.

Induction into the AAN Fellowship is one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Fellows — now numbering 2,068 — are considered nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. They are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to nursing and health care and whose work has influenced health policies benefiting all Americans.

Today, there are 10 faculty members and five emeritus faculty in the MUSC College of Nursing who are members of the academy. CON dean Gail Stuart, Ph.D., R.N., praised Nemeth on this career accomplishment. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Nemeth to the ranks of our AAN Fellows. She represents excellence and has had a truly significant impact on quality health care throughout the country,” Stuart said.

In addition to being a faculty member in the MUSC College of Nursing, Nemeth also is a nurse researcher at the MUSC Medical Center. Her specialties include implementation research, theoretical modeling and qualitative methods. Nemeth has a diverse career in nursing with extensive clinical, educational, administrative and research experience. Her clinical areas of interest have developed broadly as a result of opportunities she has had to practice in such areas as critical care, emergency, trauma, neuroscience, outcomes and case management.

Nemeth has led numerous quality initiatives over the past decade, including coordinated care development and implementation of clinical pathways, medication safety, and hospital patient flow.

Nemeth earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her Masters of Science degree from Boston College as a clinical nurse specialist, and her doctoral degree in nursing science from MUSC.

This year, the AAN installed 172 nursing researchers, educators, practitioners and executives from across the country. Following induction, new Fellows have the privilege of using the FAAN credential (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing).

These nursing leaders have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation's most highly-educated citizens; more than 80 percent hold doctoral degrees, and the remainder have completed masters programs.

November 7, 2013

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