Duke Professors Inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

Duke University School of Nursing professors Donald "Chip" Bailey Jr. and Paula Tanabe were inducted, along with Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, FAAN, vice president of patient care and system chief nurse executive for the Duke University Health System, into the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing during a formal ceremony on Saturday, October 13, in Washington, D.C. Being inducted as a Fellow is one of the highest honors in the nation a nurse can receive. Academy Fellows fulfill the Academy’s mission to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

"Dr. Bailey’s research has improved quality of life for patients being treated for prostate cancer and chronic hepatitis C by helping them manage the uncertainty, distress, and symptoms associated with their disease," said Catherine L. Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, school of nursing dean, Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing, and vice chancellor for nursing affairs at Duke University. "His educational leadership at the national level has been crucial to preparing future nurses for the complex health needs of our growing elder population."

Chip Bailey, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Associate Professor at Duke University School of Nursing, a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and a Claire M. Fagin Fellow. Currently he is testing the efficacy of an uncertainty management intervention for patients awaiting liver transplants and for their caregivers through a five-year randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute for Nursing Research (NIH/NINR). Dr. Bailey has also received a two-year grant from NIH/NINR to examine self-management during gene guided therapy (IL28B) for patients with chronic hepatitis C who undergo treatment using two recently-approved protease inhibitors.

A recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, where he earned his master’s degree in nursing, Dr. Bailey has been selected to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his doctor of philosophy in nursing degree. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Barton College. Dr. Bailey is completing a two-year term as the coordinator for the Advanced Nursing Research Special Interest Group for the Oncology Nursing Society.

"Dr. Tanabe’s career contributions include improvements in emergency department pain management practices, particularly for patients who have sickle cell disease," said Dean Catherine Gilliss, "and her research with the Emergency Severity Index five-level triage system has helped emergency clinicians in triaging all patients in EDs around the country."

Paula Tanabe, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, FAEN, FAAN, is Associate Professor at the schools of nursing and medicine and in the divisions of hematology and emergency medicine at Duke University. She has co-chaired the National Emergency Nurses Association/ American College of Emergency Physicians five-level triage task force that has made national recommendations regarding five-level triage systems. Dr. Tanabe is a member of the National Institutes of Health/ National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Expert Panel that is developing evidence-based guidelines for primary care providers in the care of patients with sickle cell disease.

With over 20 years of experience as an ED nurse, researcher, and educator, Dr. Tanabe has published more than 40 journal articles. She was co-author and co-editor of the “Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook” published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and co-led the production of a video included in the Emergency Severity Index standard training materials. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Rush University, a master of science in nursing degree at Loyola University, Chicago, a doctor of philosophy in nursing degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a master of public health degree at Northwestern University.

About DUSONDuke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The National Institutes of Health awarded $4.3 million in research funding to DUSON (Oct.1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012), making it one of the top 10 nursing schools engaged with NIH-funded research in the nation. The school offers the masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college. More than 750 students enrolled for fall 2013 classes, one of the largest enrollments in the school's 80-year history.

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