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Alumni to be inducted as fellows into American Academy of Nursing


Date: May 31, 2012
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

Three School of Nursing alumni will be inducted this fall as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. The Inductees include: Marie Driever, ’85 PhD, who is currently working as a self-employed consultant; Barbara Habermann, ’82 MN and post-doc, Associate Professor, Department of Family Health Nursing and Core faculty, IU Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center and Charleen Tachibana, ’89 MN, currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

“We are very proud of these members of our alumni community,” said Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell. “Their contributions to nursing research, practice and education have had a great impact.”

The induction ceremony will take place during the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference on October 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. Composed of the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners, the 2012 cohort is the largest class of inductees yet, according to the AAN.

“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I congratulate all of the new Fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the Fellowship this October.”

The Academy is composed of more than 1,800 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Applicants are reviewed 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 the heath and well-being of all. Learn more about the AAN here.

The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently a top-rated nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit