The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing’s Valerie Griffin, DNP, assistant clinical professor and coordinator of the family nurse practitioner program, was inducted into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in late June during the association’s 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia. Griffin’s induction highlights her as a visionary in her field.
Griffin credits her sponsors for helping her reach this achievement.
“I was nominated by my colleague, Mary M. Aruda, PhD, who I met through volunteer service on a content expert panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The highlight of this year’s conference for me was reconnecting with her. She is inspiring and encouraging to me as a professional. For her to be present and to walk me onto the stage the night of the induction, and present the Fellows medallion to me meant so much.”
“My secondary sponsor was unable to be present, but sent a text to me immediately after I left the stage,” Griffin said. “Knowing that she was thinking about me during this special ceremony also spoke to the professionalism and support of these people who have guided me to this honor. In her place, another friend walked me to the stage. Having supportive, encouraging people surround you along your career is important to your success in reaching your goals.”
The AANP Fellow program recognition honors Griffin’s outstanding contributions to healthcare through her main focus areas of education and policy, some of which include:
• Service on the ANCC Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner content expert panel consisting of experts in the pediatric primary care role
• Industry publications highlighting the evolving role of the pediatric nurse practitioner, which directly impacts content required for nurse practitioner programs
• Service on Congressman Rodney Davis’ Women’s Advisory Board, which advises the congressman on issues affecting women and children, and assists him in advancing the needs of Illinois families
• Participation in a mission trip to Haiti to begin plans for a permanent interdisciplinary health care system that would provide ongoing care to the St. Marc community using the expertise, resources and labor of multiple medical mission teams
• Foundational leadership on a program that will allow FNP students at SIUE to have a unique and interprofesssional synthesis clinical experience in Haiti
PHOTO: From left, Valerie Griffin, assistant clinical professor and coordinator of the family nurse practitioner program, stands with her sponsor Mary M. Aruda during the induction ceremony.
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