Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program provides a year-long residential health policy opportunity in Washington, DC, for outstanding nurse leaders. Each year, this immersion experience at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) supports the engagement of the scholar in a prominent role in health policy development at the national level. As part of the program, the scholar is asked to produce a policy-oriented paper based on their area of special interest and/or become actively involved in a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study related to their area of expertise.

The program seeks individuals who have the capacity and skills to generate policy for issues of special interest and the ability to promote greater public understanding. Applicants with demonstrated success in promoting health equity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Initiated in 1992, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) support this program in partnership with the NAM.

Current Scholar

Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN

Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN

2021-2022 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Castner is the President and Principal Investigator/Consultant of Castner Incorporated, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Emergency Nursing. In addition to clinical nursing, her work includes entrepreneur, faculty, editor, and administrative roles. Her current research includes developing the next generation of telehealth nursing, with a special focus on healthy environments to prevent health emergencies. Dr. Castner’s accolades include recognition as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing and American Academy of Nursing for unique and enduring contributions to the specialty by pioneering the integration of environmental health research, emergency nursing, and data science mathematical modeling expertise. Dr. Castner is a board certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) and emergency nurse (CEN). Dr. Castner earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Master’s in Public Health Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Bachelor’s in Nursing from Marquette University. Dr. Castner has led organizational improvement initiatives to overcome barriers for women in science, advance diversity and inclusion, and enhance cultural competence for the combat veteran family.

Past Scholars

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN

Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN

Lori Trego, PhD, CNM, FAAN

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Sally Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN

Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN

Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN

Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mary E. Evans, RN, PhD, FAAN

Carolyn Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN

Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Veronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN

Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN

Bonnie M. Jennings, DNSc, RN, FAAN

Virginia Tilden, PhD, RN, FAAN

Judith B. Krauss, MSN, RN, FAAN

Nancy E. Reame, PhD, RN, FAAN

Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN

Program Administration

The NAM administers this program with support from AAN, ANA, and ANF.  Inquiries should be directed to:

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

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