Nursing Professor Named Prestigious Nursing Academy Fellow

Tami-WyattTami Wyatt, associate professor of nursing, has been named to the 2014 class of the American Academy of Nursing fellows.

Wyatt was selected for her leadership in education, management, and policy, and her work to improve the health of the nation. She and 167 nurse leaders will be inducted as fellows during the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference on October 18 in Washington, DC.

The American Academy of Nursing is composed of more than 2,200 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. The fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers.

Wyatt’s research lies in education technology, childhood chronic illness, simulation, and health information technology. Her teaching interests involve education technology, nursing education, and simulation. She also helped invent an educational software program purchased by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins that integrates electronic health records commonly used in hospitals and medical offices into a simulated learning tool for students.

“I am honored to join the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow. I will continue to work hard as a leader and change agent for nursing,” said Wyatt.

Invitation to the fellowship is more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the academy, and to engage with other health leaders outside the academy in transforming America’s health system.

“Dr. Wyatt is well-deserving of this prestigious honor,” said College of Nursing Dean Victoria Niederhauser. “The impact of her newly developed teaching technologies and research is far-reaching and has made a significant contribution toward educating the best nurses possible.”

Wyatt is chair of the Education Technology and Simulation Committee and co-director of the Healthy Information Technology and Simulation Laboratory. She is a 2013 medical research scholar of the National Institutes of Health, a 2012 Harvard Macy Health Education Professions Educator Scholar, a 2012 American Association for Colleges of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award recipient, a 2011 Tennessee Nurses Association Nursing Teaching Excellence recipient, and a 2008 recipient of Gamma Chi Chapter’s Excellence in Research Award. Wyatt joined UT in 2003 after receiving her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Academy selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based in part on the extent to which the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The academy’s more than 2,200 fellows are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. For more information, visit the American Academy of Nursing.


C O N T A C T:

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460, wheins@utk.edu)

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