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August 26, 2011

Nursing Faculty Named Fellow in American Academy of Nursing

Nursing Faculty Named Fellow in American Academy of Nursing

   Kynna Wright-Volel, PhD, MSN, MPH, PNP-BC, Assistant Professor and Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar at the UCLA School of Nursing, has been elected to Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing.

   Wright-Volel’s work in the advancement of nursing to reduce health disparities around pediatric chronic diseases through her distinguished leadership, sustained scholarship, advocacy; expertise in minority health, innovative culturally appropriate school-based programs, community partnerships, and her commitment to researching these areas in an effort to help underserved populations was cited in her acceptance. Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners. Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare. She will be inducted during the Annual Meeting and Conference in October.

   Other prestigious organizations have also recognized Wright-Volel’s work. In 2008, she was one of the first junior faculty nationwide chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to receive its first Nurse Faculty Scholar award. In 2009, she was awarded the 2009 Minority Health Community Trail Blazer Award by the Office of Minority Health, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services; and the Maternal Child Health Young Professional Award, from the American Academy of Public Health. In 2010, she was awarded Nurse Researcher of the Year, from the National Black Nurses Association.

   Dedicated to poor and underserved children and families, she is very active in the community and sits on several boards including, the American Public Health Association’s Equal Health Opportunity Committee, the National League for Nursing, National Education Advisory Committee (Chair), UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Association Board, the Los Angeles Asthma Coalition, Healthy African-American Families II Prenatal, Asthma and Diabetes Committees and is a member of the Los Angeles Rotary and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Wright-Volel joins 18 other members of the Faculty who have received this honor.

   The UCLA School of Nursing is redefining nursing through the pursuit of uncompromised excellence in research, education, practice, policy and patient advocacy. Ranked among the top nursing schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report, the school also is ranked No. 7 in nursing research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and No.1 in NIH stimulus funding. In 2009-2010, the school received $18 million in total research grant funding and was awarded 26 faculty research grants. The school offers programs for the undergraduate (BS), postgraduate (MSN and MECN) and doctoral (Ph.D.) student. For more information, visit the website at nursing.ucla.edu.

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