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Published on October 18, 2016

Cone Health Nurse to Be Inducted as a Fellow by the Prestigious American Academy of Nursing

Laurie McNichol is an internationally known expert on wound, ostomy and continence care.

Laurie McNichol, RN, MSN, has been named to the 2016 class of fellows by the American Academy of Nursing. The inductees will be honored at a ceremony during the Academy’s annual policy conference October 20-22, 2016, in

Laurie McNichol, RN, MSN

Washington, D.C.

McNichol is a certified wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse at Cone Health. She has 27 years of specialty experience working in hospitals and as a home care nurse. McNichol is a well-known researcher and prolific author who lectures around the world on wound and ostomy care as well as professional practice for the WOC nurse.  She is past president of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board; the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society; and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

“Cone Health and our patients are fortunate to have Laurie on our team,” says Kenneth Rempher, PhD, RN, executive vice president and chief nurse executive at Cone Health. “Her passion and commitment to our patients through cutting-edge research and bringing better ways of caring for our patients to the bedside is unsurpassed.”

The academy is made up of more than 2,400 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

“I am delighted to welcome this superb cohort of talented clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators and executives as they join the ranks of the nation's leading nursing and health care thought leaders,” says Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at our conference, and then working with them to advance the academy’s mission of transforming health policy and practice by applying our collective nursing knowledge.”  

Fellow 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 composed of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all. New fellows will be eligible to use the fellow of the American Academy of Nursing credential (FAAN) after the induction ceremony in October.

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