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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Educator receives distinguished award for leadership in nurse advocacy

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (July 2014) --

The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) has recognized Jane Flanagan, Ph.D., ANP-BC, with the MCNP Distinguished NP Award. Flanagan was nominated for being an outstanding clinician, educator, mentor and scholar, who has worked to improve the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role through her scholarship, leadership in care delivery and creativity in the classroom.

The award is given to nurses who have been a role model for excellence in the provision of health care services, significant research that supports the role of the NP, or significant contributions to NP education.

Flanagan is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her role as a tenured, full-time Associate Professor at Boston College, she is a Program Coordinator for the Advanced Practice Nursing Adult-Gerontology Graduate Program. She has also been a leader in the APRN practice in the Clinical Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. There she engages patients and families in the assessment and care planning for research patients in the CRC.

“Her dedication to her patients, in practice and her students in the classroom exemplify a leader with vision and dedication to the role nurse practitioners play in advancing health care now and as we move forward in care redesign,” wrote two of her fellow colleagues, in a nomination letter.

Flanagan said she personally strives to lay the ground work for the next generation of Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners to be prepared to exemplify the values of nursing, which she believes aligns with the Jesuit Mission of BC. Flanagan said she is proud to be recognized for her work.

"This MCNP award recognizes the role of faculty who find meaning and significant purpose in educating our future nurse practitioners," said Flanagan. "I am very grateful to this organization for this acknowledgement."

MCNP was organized in 1992 to provide focused representation and support of issues relevant to all Massachusetts Nurse Practitioners.


-- O. Angela Bowser, Communications Specialist