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Two CON faculty inducted into American Academy of Nursing

CHARLESTON, SC (October 19, 2011) – The American Academy of Nursing has elected Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing faculty members Teresa Kelechi, PhD, GCNS-BC, CWCN and Ida Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW to membership. Both were the only members to be inducted from the state of South Carolina this year.

The American Academy of Nursing installed 142 nurse leaders from across the country during the Academy’s 38th Annual Meeting and Conference on October 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C. This was the largest class of inductees.

“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners.”

Kelechi is an associate professor and department chair in the College of Nursing. Her teaching focuses on clinical research and measurement. Kelechi’s primary focus as a nurse scientist is venous leg ulcer prevention. She also studies self-monitoring methods using infrared thermometry technology to detect subclinical evidence of ulcer development. She had been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the differences in skin temperature and blood flow of skin affected by chronic venous disorders and most recently was funded to study the impact of cryotherapy on the development of leg ulcers.

Spruill is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and a member of the research team at Hollings Cancer Center /Prevention and Control. Her research interests include, management of chronic diseases, health literacy, ethno-cultural barriers to genetic literacy, and reducing health disparities among vulnerable populations. Specifically, her program of research involves the impact of culture and genetics on the management of chronic diseases among underserved populations. Spruill is a founding member and first president of Tri-County Black Nurses Association and served two terms as a National Board member of National Black Nurses Association.

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care. The new Fellows are selected by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans.

The American Academy of Nursing’s 1,600 members - known as fellows - are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. They 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 rest have completed masters programs. Sixty-four percent of the fellowship work in academic settings, 30 percent work in service and practice settings, and about 3 percent work in state and federal government agencies.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care.  MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members.