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Janet Katz named American Academy of Nursing fellow

By Addy Hatch, WSU College of Nursing

Janet Katz WSU NursingJanet Katz, professor at the WSU College of Nursing, has been named an American Academy of Nursing fellow. Katz will be inducted into the academy in a ceremony in October.

She is one of 173 nurse leaders worldwide selected for induction as an American Academy of Nursing  (AAN) fellow. Selection criteria includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current AAN fellows. Applicants are judged based in part on how their nursing career has influenced health policies and public health.

Katz has worked extensively to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce, and is currently principal investigator on a federal grant to increase the number of disadvantaged, Native American and Hispanic students from rural areas in health sciences professions. She also is principal investigator for a project focusing on preventing substance abuse and suicide among young members of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Her research has included academic-practice partnerships with Native American tribes in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. She coordinates nursing programs for the Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Sciences Institute held annually at WSU Spokane, and teaches community health. She holds a Ph.D. in education, and Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing.

With the induction of the latest group of fellows in October, the AAN will have more than 2,500 fellows in all 50 states and 29 countries around the world.

“The fellows are nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research,” the AAN said in a news release. “Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.”

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  • Addy Hatch, communication director, WSU College of Nursing, 509-324-7340,

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