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Professor Named to Prestigious Nursing Academy

Joan Riley

Joan Riley

October 17, 2011 – The American Academy of Nursing inducted Georgetown’s Joan Burggraf Riley (NHS’76, G’97) as one of its most recent fellows during its Oct. 15 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Riley, an assistant professor of human science and nursing and a nurse practitioner at the university’s Student Health Center, was among 142 leaders in the nursing industry to be recognized.

“I am honored by this recognition, which I take as an acknowledgment from my peers that I am making positive contributions to the profession that I so cherish,” Riley said.

Prestigious Honor

Catherine Gilliss, academy president, said being selected as a fellow is one of the most prestigious honors in the nursing field.

“Academy fellows are truly experts,” she said.  “The academy fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners.”

There are about 1,600 fellows worldwide.

Innovative Curriculum

Riley has helped bring a national curricular effort to Georgetown’s campus and colleagues in the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

She plays a leadership role in the nationwide initiative known as Bringing Theory to Practice Project, funded by the Charles Engelhard Foundation in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The project provides funding for faculty members to integrate student mental health and wellness topics into their course curriculum.

“In my work, I have designed models for engaged learning that address the well-being of college students,” she said. “Working with faculty across disciplines and student affairs colleagues on our shared mission to educate the whole student is very rewarding.”

She said the work is particularly relevant to students who are majoring in nursing.

“It improves student well-being now and equips them to attend to themselves and provide quality patient care in their nursing practices,” she said.

A Community of Excellence

With her induction into the Academy of Nursing, Riley joins other faculty fellows at Georgetown, including Judith Baigis, professor of nursing emerita, Bette Jacobs, professor of health systems administration, Amanda Liddle, assistant professor of nursing and Edilma Yearwood, associate professor of nursing.

“We congratulate Joan on this well-deserved professional honor,” said Jeanne Matthews, who chairs the nursing department. “Her creativity and passion have made us think about new and better ways to engage our students in the classroom.”

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