Five Faculty Members to Join Fellowship of American Academy of Nursing

Five Duke University School of Nursing faculty members are being inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing at their national conference October 16-18 in Washington, D.C. Constance Johnson, Robin Knobel, Katherine Pereira, Karin Reuter-Rice and Charles Vacchiano join a Duke family of 25 other FAANs in advancing the profession of nursing.

“We are proud of Constance, Robin, Kathy, Karin and Chuck for being selected for this honor. They are being recognized for their expertise and strong leadership in their specialty, as well as their potential for continued contributions to nursing,” said Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. “Their inductions are reflective of the emphasis on excellence we have here at Duke. They are continuing our long-standing tradition of Duke Faculty becoming national and international nursing leaders.”

Within the American Academy of Nursing, there are approximately 2,200 fellows throughout the country. Fellows represent nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.

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Constance M. JohnsonDr. Johnson is an Associate Professor and a health informatician with interdisciplinary training in nursing and health informatics and is Lead Faculty for the Informatics Specialty at DUSON. She has a secondary appointment in the Department of Community and Family Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine and is on the leadership team in the Duke Center for Health Informatics. Johnson earned her BSN from the University of Connecticut and her MS and PhD from the School of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Texas at Houston. She has over 25 years of experience in research and informatics in the area of health promotion and disease prevention.

Robin B. KnobelDr. Knobel is an Associate Professor at DUSON and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. She has a Master of Science in Nursing degree (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty) from East Carolina University and completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2006. Knobel’s research focuses on thermoregulation physiology in the extremely premature infant. She uses physiological monitoring, infrared thermal imaging and observation to study mechanisms of heat production and vasomotor control in premature infants. Dr. Knobel teaches in the pediatric graduate nursing program.

Katherine C. PereiraDr. Pereira is Faculty Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Instructional Area in the MSN Program and holds dual appointments as Assistant Professor at DUSON and Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition of the Duke University Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Pereira earned her BSN at the University of Virginia, her MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at DUSON, and her DNP at DUSON. She has considerable experience in the clinical care of patients with complicated diabetes, is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and is a nationally renowned consultant in management of the diabetic client. Dr. Pereira also teaches the Advanced Diabetes Management class for nurse practitioner students at DUSON.

Karin Reuter-RiceDr. Reuter-Rice, Assistant Professor, is a nationally renowned pediatric acute care nurse practitioner and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Reuter-Rice is co-editor of the first pediatric acute care multidisciplinary text, Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice, published in July 2011. She came to DUSON from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, where she practiced in a tertiary care pediatric ICU. She holds a diploma in nursing from the University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing in Canada. She earned her BSN, MSN (with specialization as a Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) and PhD in Nursing from the University of San Diego.

Charles A. VacchianoDr. Vacchiano, Professor, joined the faculty at DUSON in 2008. He earned a BSN at Wright State University in 1979, a Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia from George Washington University in 1984 and a PhD in Physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1995. He spent 26 years in the U.S. Navy as a practicing nurse anesthetist, educator and researcher. During this time, he provided anesthesia care at stateside and overseas hospitals and aboard naval combat vessels, taught and performed clinical research in the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program and was the Director of Biomedical Sciences Division at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory.

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