American Academy of Nurses to induct KSU nursing professor retiree

Emily Mills

A retired Kent State University nursing professor emeritus will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing at the academy’s 40th Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C.

Margaret O’Bryan Doheny will become one of more than 2,000 nursing educators and practitioners in the AAN when she is inducted Saturday, Oct. 19.

Doheny, who retired in June 2012 after teaching in the College of Nursing for 35 years, was nominated by two sponsors who are both AAN fellows.

“These sponsors are leaders in nursing who can validate my contribution to nursing and that my contributions are consistent with the focus of the AAN,” she said in an email interview.

The AAN is focused on transforming health care policy and practice by creating and disseminating nursing knowledge to those in the profession and to the general public, according to its website.

After she was sponsored, Doheny, who is already a member of the American Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association, said she wrote her application describing her contributions.

Doheny’s contributions have included research on osteoporosis and its prevention. Her research focused primarily on pediatric and male osteoporosis.

The Fellow Selection Committee reviewed her application and made the decision to accept her application.

As a fellow in the AAN, Doheny will collaborate with other fellows in the academy to enhance the quality of health care, promote health aging and human development, reduce health inequalities, shape healthy behaviors and environments, integrate mental and physical health care, and strengthen the nursing and health care delivery system, Doheny said.

“Academy fellows have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming America’s health care system,” she said.

Doheny said she looks forward to what the future has in store for her as an Academy fellow.

“It feels very fulfilling to be recognized by my peers,” she said. “It is a great sense of accomplishment.”

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