Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence Program

The NAM/AAN/ANA/ANF Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program is designed to assist outstanding nurse leaders to play a more prominent role in health policy development at the national level. The program seeks individuals who have the capacity and skills to bring issues of special interest in nursing to greater public understanding and policy attention. As part of the program, the scholar is asked to produce a policy-oriented paper based on her/his area of special interest or become actively involved in a National Academies study related to his/her area of expertise.

The program, initiated in 1992, is supported by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation and conducted by the NAM. Each year, one senior nurse scholar is selected from an eligible institution or organization to come to Washington to participate in 1-year program of orientation and work at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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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