Dr. Slager was a member of FNU’s first CNEP graduate class in 1991 and proceeded to complete her Master of Science in Nursing in 1993. Early on in her career, Dr. Slager helped to establish Bronson Women’s Service in Kalamazoo, Mich., which is now the state’s largest midwifery service. Dr. Slager has spent over 20 years practicing as a full-scope midwife and has served as a preceptor for over 100 FNU students; she officially became the school’s Dean of Nursing in the fall of 2018.
The American Academy of Nursing is composed of over 2,700 Fellows who serve the public and the nursing profession by driving necessary reforms in the American health system. The Academy accomplishes this goal by advancing health policy, practice, and science through strong leadership and organizational integrity. This October, the Academy will be inducting 230 new Fellows into their community, including Dr. Slager. The 2020 class of Fellows will represent 39 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territory of Guam, and 13 countries.
Each year, a committee of appointed Fellows combs through hundreds of applications and selects new Fellows based on their significant contributions to the public health community. Academy Fellows represent the nursing community’s best and brightest featuring remarkable leaders in current roles as deans, university presidents, hospital chief executives, and researchers. More than 90 percent of Fellows hold doctoral degrees, and all Fellows have completed masters programs.
This year, the Academy is excited to host its first virtual induction ceremony during the last weekend of October when they will honor the 2020 class of Fellows for their vital role in the health care community. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 during the Academy’s annual Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference. This year’s conference theme is “In Crisis and Calm: Leading with a Purpose” and will feature keynote speakers, break out sessions, and interactive panel sessions, among other exciting opportunities to strengthen the nursing community.
With the virtual format, this year’s induction ceremony can be viewed by friends, family, and colleagues who may not have attended the traditional event. Additionally, this year’s induction will include personalized video vignettes honoring each inductee as a unique way to celebrate each individual’s exceptional accomplishments during the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Congratulations again to Dr. Slager and all of the other professionals being inducted into the 2020 class of American Academy of Nursing Fellows!