Two Rutgers Nursing Faculty Selected To Become Fellows of The American Academy of Nursing

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Edna Cadmus of Rutherford, N.J., , PhD, RN, NEA BC, and Clinical Professor, and Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, APNc, GNP BC, CRNP, FAANP, Assistant Professor, of Haddonfield, NJ, both faculty of the Rutgers College of Nursing, Newark & New Brunswick, will be inducted to the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as Fellows during the Induction Ceremony to be held on the 39th AAN Annual Meeting & Conference on October 13, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

The American Academy of Nursing, an independent affiliate of the American Nurses Association, was established in 1973 to help advance the profession of nursing through health policy and practice by generating, synthesizing and disseminating nursing knowledge. The members of the Academy, referred to as Fellows, are invited from various sectors of the healthcare industry and nursing, with roles in management, academia, clinical practice, and research. These Fellows are distinguished in their respective areas of expertise, as well as visionaries in coursing the future direction of nursing as a profession and discipline. Being selected as a Fellow is considered a distinctive honor, as inductees become part of the select core of nursing leaders that take responsibility to advance the status of nursing.

Edna CadmusDr. Cadmus’ (left) contribution to nursing is in leveraging nurse’s leadership potential in transforming the healthcare environment in the areas of practice, education, policy and research. Her practice contributions are numerous, going back to her role when she was Senior Vice-President & Chief Nurse Executive, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center. She initiated and maintained a shared governance model in a unionized institution and elevating the professional caliber of nursing management and staff, achieving Magnet status for Englewood 3 times. In her current role as Specialty Director, she developed the Leadership Track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the College of Nursing of Rutgers. Another recent highlight of her contribution to nursing education is her collaborative work with Horizon Healthcare Innovations and Duke University. The project involves educating 200 nurses over two years to become Population Health Coordinators who will serve under the new Medical Home Models across New Jersey. Aside from obtaining a grant for $279,055 for this initiative, Dr. Cadmus provides professional consultation to various healthcare organizations in the state to assist them obtain initial Magnet status or recertification.

Dr. Cadmus is also an active leader in NJ and nationally, such as being Co-Lead for the NJ Action Coalition – Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. This role entails working with legislators, industry, labor, nursing organizations, and schools of nursing to move the 4 key messages of this key report. Additionally, she serves as the liaison and convener for the Education Pillar, focusing on developing models for Transition into Practice for RNs and APNs in Primary Care, and the Academic Progression Model for the State of NJ between Diploma, AD and BSN Programs.

In terms of advancing nursing knowledge, Dr. Cadmus also has received funding to develop a tool to measure the work of First Level Nurse Managers which will be valuable nationally to nurse executives when restructuring and redesigning managerial responsibilities.

Dr. Gray-Miceli (left) is a widely recognized expert in the field of falls prevention for older adults. Her work is demonstrated in a sustained record of publications in the geriatric literature, funding for research supporting evidence-based practices for at risk and falling older adults, significant role in the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC), and policy leadership for New Jersey’s State Department of Health falls initiatives.

 Her contributions to the GNEC are remarkable, helping integrate geriatric content into the BSN nursing education. As Project Director of the GNEC, Dr. Gray-Miceli developed the initial blueprint underpinning GNEC educational materials. Applying designs implemented and used in her research, Dr. Gray-Miceli integrated a scholarly and evidence-based framework for the nine core GNEC modules representing state-of-the-science care of the older adult. These models have since been adopted by national experts to create content and presentations for six national Faculty Development Institutes.

In terms of nursing practice, Dr. Gray-Miceli psychometrically tested a post-fall assessment tool, which was shown to reduce falls by 30% and recurrent falls by 25% in pilot studies. This can potentially influence clinical practice and presently awaiting large scale testing in a pending clinical trial.

Dr. Gray-Miceli’s contributions in the form of clinical publications, easily accessible webinars and case studies, national guidelines, and government resources are enormous and immensely valuable to the nurse clinician and practitioner. She is frequently sought out as a speaker and consultant by academic health systems and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

The College of Nursing, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has campuses in Newark and New Brunswick, offering generic, accelerated and RN-BS baccalaureate programs, BS to DNP, BS to PhD, and post-Master doctorates (Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy). For more information, please contact Edmund JY Pajarillo, PhD, RN BC, CPHQ, NEA BC, Associate Dean for Faculty Services, 180 University Avenue, Ackerson Hall 368, Newark, NJ, 07102 at or 973-353-5418. For information about the Rutgers, College of Nursing and its programs, visit