Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of three faculty members who are being inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) at its national conference later this month in Washington, D.C. Cristina Hendrix, DNS, GNP-BC, FNP; Allison Vorderstrasse, DNSc, APRN, CNE; and Tracey Yap, PhD, RN, CNE, WCC, are three of 163 nurse leaders and the only representatives from North Carolina selected to be inducted as Academy Fellows. 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 Cristina, Allison and Tracey 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 able to join our family of 27 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 three faculty members join the Academy’s newest class of fellows representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 24 countries. Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.
Hendrix is an associate professor with the School of Nursing and her background includes experience as a critical care nurse, followed by practicing as a family nurse practitioner. She presently practices as a gerontological nurse practitioner. Her program research focuses on developing interventions to support the family caregivers of chronically ill patients. Hendrix completed her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Santo Tomás in Manila, Philippines, master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama and a doctor of nursing science from Louisiana State University. She also completed a post-master’s gerontological nurse practitioner program here at DUSON.
Vorderstrasse is an associate professor with the School and is an adult nurse practitioner whose clinical practice and scholarship focuses on chronic illness, particularly in ethnic minority populations. She is a core team member of Durham Health Innovations: Partnership IMPACTS Diabetes. Vorderstrasse’s doctoral dissertation research, recent publications and national presentations illuminate the relationships of psychosocial factors with dietary intake in Black American women with Type 2 diabetes. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing at Mount Saint Mary College and received both her master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing science from Yale University School of Nursing.
Yap is an associate professor with the School, a John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow and a Senior Fellow in the Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development. Her overarching scholarship goal is to improve the quality of care delivered by nursing staff, regardless of setting. Yap’s research in disease prevention and health promotion has been directed toward advancing the ability of nursing to improve health care outcomes by developing interventions that use cueing approaches such as reminder messages and behavioral alerts to increase patient mobility/movement. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing from Northern Kentucky University and her doctor of philosophy from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.