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CONAHP faculty honored as Fellows

Dr. Denise Linton, a Professor in the Department of Nursing and the holder of the Dudley Joseph Plaisance/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Nursing, has been inducted as a 2020 Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).  Fellows are selected based on their scholarly, leadership, and forward-thinking contributions which lead to meaningful improvements to healthcare and the nurse practitioner role.  The purpose of the AANP Fellows is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioners to lead new initiatives and support of the AANP mission.


Dr. Melinda Oberleitner, Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions,  Professor in the Department of Nursing, and the BORSF/SLEMCO Endowed Professor in Nursing, has been selected for induction as a 2020 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is among 230 leaders chosen for this year’s class and the only Fellow selected from Louisiana.  Oberleitner is a pioneer in the field of oncology nursing and her extensive research and publications have focused on issues relevant to cancer survivors. The American Academy of Nursing advances health policy and practice through the creation and sharing of nursing knowledge.  Fellows are chosen for their extraordinary contributions to improve health locally and globally.  The Academy represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia.

Dr. Linton and Dr. Oberleitner join two other faculty members who previously achieved  the Fellow distinction:  Dr. Mary Neiheisel, Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), Fellow in the National Academies of Practice (FNAP), and holder of the LGMC/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Nursing, and Dr. Anita Hazelwood, Fellow in the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA) and holder of the LGMC/BORSF Professorship in Health Science.

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