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University of Maryland School of Nursing's Galik and Three Alumnae Selected as Nurse Practitioner Association Fellows

March 19, 2015

Fellows have demonstrated major contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy.

Baltimore, Md. – Elizabeth Galik, PhD ‘07, CRNP, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), and three other alumnae, have been selected to the 2015 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) program.  UMSON alumnae Deborah Chapa, PhD ’06, Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, and Shari Simone, DNP ’11, MS ’96, were also chosen.

Fellows are visionaries committed to the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders. They are charged with impacting national and global health through engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders who have greatly influenced clinical practice, research, education, or policy while enhancing AANP’s mission.

“Only a small number of Fellows are selected each year, so it is gratifying to see members of the School of Nursing family recognized by their peers for impacting national and global health through clinical practice, research, education and policy,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN.  “The contributions that our faculty and alumni are making to the health care field are outstanding and really highlight the caliber of professionals that have graduated from our program.” 

Established in 2000, the FAANP program is dedicated to the global advancement of nurse practitioners and the delivery of high-quality health care.  The program not only enhances AANP’s mission, but also develops nurse practitioner leaders of the future while furthering the field.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Fellow,” Galik said. “I am looking forward to working with FAANP to advance the nurse practitioner profession while improving care for older adults with dementia by applying the latest research findings to clinical practice.”

Chappa, Schofield, Simone headshots

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling 1,600 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.