Meredith Wallace Kazer Earns Top Nursing Honor

Submitted by Meg McCaffrey on November 8, 2011

Dr. Meredith Kazer receives top nursing honor from Catherine Gilliss, president, American Academy of Nursing

Meredith Wallace Kazer, Ph.D., APRN, director of graduate programs and associate professor of nursing at Fairfield University, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), an appointment reserved for nurse leaders at the forefront of the profession nationwide. A New Haven, Connecticut resident, Dr. Kazer’s research interests focus on nursing care meeting the needs of older adults.

Selection is based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and healthcare delivery for the benefit of all Americans. “Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” says Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners.”

Dr. Kazer, an adult and gerontological nurse practitioner, is currently working on several funded research studies aimed at supporting the psychosocial needs of older men with prostate cancer. She has varied her research to include independent and collaborative research projects focused on the education of nurses toward the care of older adults.

“I am so honored to be included among such a distinguished group of nursing colleagues in the American Academy of Nursing,” says Kazer, who maintains a practice in primary care with a focus on chronic illness in older adults. “As my career progresses, I pledge to work tirelessly in the continuation of my research and wide dissemination of education and outcomes, in order to fulfill the mission and initiatives of this prestigious organization.”

In becoming a fellow, Kazer, who earned degrees from New York University, Yale, and Boston University, joins Fairfield University professors Doris Lippman and Kate Wheeler who are already members of this esteemed group. The mission of the AAN is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

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