Four Faculty Members Join Fellowship of American Academy of Nursing

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of four faculty members who were inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) at its national conference this month in Washington, D.C., Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC; Jennie De Gagne, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF; Nancy Short, DrPH, MBA, RN; and Kathy Trotter, DNP, CNM, FNP-C, FAANP. They were selected for their evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care.

“It is their individual expertise, strong leadership in their specialties and their continued contributions to nursing that make Melissa, Jennie, Nancy and Kathryn the right candidates to be selected for this honor,” said Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, Duke University School of Nursing dean and Ruby Wilson Professor of Nursing, vice chancellor for Nursing Affairs at Duke University and associate vice president for Academic Affairs for Nursing at Duke University Health System. “We are so proud that they are about to join our family of FAANs who are dedicated to the commitment of becoming national and international nursing leaders.”

In addition to their evidence of contributions, Fellow nominees are selected on the extent of their nursing career influence on health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. The four faculty members join the Academy’s newest class of fellows. Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

​Batchelor-Murphy is an Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing with a background in geriatric primary care and nursing home settings. She presently practices in the Duke Medicine Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment clinic and her consultation practice serves the surrounding region through a team of interdisciplinary geriatric experts. She earned a BSN and then a MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at the University Of North Carolina Wilmington School Of Nursing. She is board certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Gerontological Registered Nurse.

De Gagne is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing. She is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience including acute care, long-term care, case management, staff development, administration and nursing education both in South Korea and in the U.S. De Gagne holds two master’s degrees in health psychology and nursing education, a post-graduate certificate in health informatics and a DNP. De Gagne holds numerous membership and leadership roles in professional organizations, including the International Council of Nursing, American Nurses Association, Global Korean Nursing Foundation and North Carolina League for Nursing. She is also the founder and executive advisor of the North Carolina Korean Nurses Association.

Short is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and is nationally known as an advocate for public health. She teaches population approaches to health, health policy, transformational leadership, health economics, and other courses in the Doctor of Nursing practice and Master of Science in Nursing curricula. Her areas of scholarly interest include how health policy is taught to nursing students, health care workforce and practice trends, health policy and public health. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. She later earned her Doctor of Public Health degree with a major in health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Trotter is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and is the leady faculty for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major. She is a strong clinician with interests in women’s health and families. Her current research focuses on application of group health care models to prenatal care, parenting, and chronic illnesses. She received a BSN from George Mason University and earned the MSN with a specialty in midwifery at the University of Kentucky. She completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty and her DNP at the DUSON.

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